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Hardware Comparison: MicroLogix 1400 Series Comparison and Selection Guide

As part of a family of small programmable logic controllers, the MicroLogix 1400 offers a step up with an expansion of capabilities over other members in this family. Built upon the successful capabilities of the MicroLogix 1100, the 1400 series offers many of the same features but with a more robust feature set on some functionalities including:

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Hardware Comparison: Micro800 vs. MicroLogix PLCs

Perhaps the biggest difference in the two families lies in their software. Both software platforms allow ladder programming logic and workflow programming. They also both have custom data types, CIP messaging and sample code.
However, the CCW software in the Micro 800 family also has function block diagram (FBD), structured text (ST), motion control, variable based addressing and controller saved comments. Whereas, RSLogix 500 does not.

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Safety First! – MSR vs GSR Safety Relays – Hardware Comparison

In today’s manufacturing environments, few companies can remain competitive without extensive industrial automation.  Automation speeds processes, reduces errors, allows for precision manufacturing and ensures factory level control and maintenance over the system of production.  It also reduces operator fatigue by eliminating manual tasks thus improving quality. Just as important as the automation functions are the…

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Allen-Bradley Communication Types and Protocols

As automation continues to grow in manufacturing, new communication protocols will emerge. But many of the ones listed here have been in service for decades and have adapted and evolved into powerful systems fully capable of managing the communication between complex devices in an equally complex environment. The key to any communication protocol will be the assessment of individual needs that include current system constraints, future growth, and the emergence of new and even faster devices communication needs.

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