EtherNet/IP Capacity Tool

In our February User Group next week, we will discuss EtherNet/IP networking within the IntelliCENTER MCC.  As the plant floor get more connected, the worries of overloading the network become real. The Rockwell Automaiton EtherNet/IP Capacity tool is an offline tool that helps the user qualify an EtherNet/IP network by calculating the number of connections … Continue reading EtherNet/IP Capacity Tool

Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

Latest update from Rockwell Automation as of February 6, 2018. As of this writing, Rockwell Automation has evaluated many of their product families. Depending on the products’ architectures, effects of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities may significantly vary.  Below is more information on Rockwell Automation’s evaluation. Rockwell Automation has concluded that the following Active or … Continue reading Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

ICS Cybersecurity Resources

With the recently revealed hardware kernel level vulnerabilities, named “Meltdown” and “Spectre”, a renewed sense of Cybersecurity awareness comes to the plant floor.  It’s important for plant operations to have a plan in place to mitigate the risks of a cyber-related incident.  The key work here is risk reduction, since there will never be a … Continue reading ICS Cybersecurity Resources

Solution Spotlight: Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP)

Network resiliency is becoming an important consideration for industrial automation applications.  As Ethernet networking continues to grow on the plant floor, uptime and reliability in the network is critical to maintaining operations. Rockwell Automation has recently released a new ControlLogix Ethernet module, the 1756-EN2TP, which supports Parallel Redundancy Protocol, or PRP. What is PRP? A … Continue reading Solution Spotlight: Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP)

New Product Spotlight: PanelView 5310

The PanelView 5000 Graphic Terminals from Rockwell Automation, offer an intuitive, modern design and provides enhanced Logix integration that uses Studio 5000 View Designer software. This integration allows engineers to enter configuration information once and use it for the entire automation design. It also helps you build modern applications with high-speed HMI buttons for jogging applications, … Continue reading New Product Spotlight: PanelView 5310

Logix-XT Extreme Environment System

Brr… It’s cold outside.  When it comes to temperature specifications for controllers and I/O, we often scoff of the notion of needing low temperature ratings.  But with the below freezing temperatures pushing into South Louisiana, the idea of a low-end “Extreme Temperature” is perhaps no longer extreme.  Well at least for a few days. Normally … Continue reading Logix-XT Extreme Environment System

Scalable Computing Update User Group

January 2018 Louisiana User Group Scalable Computing Update In our first User Group seminar of 2018, we looked at the Scalable Computing portfolio from Rockwell Automation. About our Topic: Industrial Environment Computers offer solutions for the physical limitations and requirements for industrial automation applications. Join us for our January User Group as we provide an update … Continue reading Scalable Computing Update User Group

Logix Learning Podcast Series

Podcasts have become increasingly popular over the last few years.  Personally, I have become a fan and subscriber to several podcasts, with Lore, being one of my favorites.  Podcasts are typically free, and easy to listen to.  Simply subscribe to you favorites shows on iTunes, or other podcast providers, and as new podcasts are released, … Continue reading Logix Learning Podcast Series