The Automation Newsletter #002

(from the latest issue of the SolisPLC Automation Newsletter)

Hey there :wave: Karim from SolisPLC here. The Automation Newsletter brings you the best resources for automation & control engineers like yourself. This includes the latest SolisPLC tutorials, industry news, PLC programming tips, and much more.

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The Manufacturing Hub Episode #002! :studio_microphone:

Jobs in Manufacturing, Career Progression, Certifications, Education, and More: In the second episode of the podcast, we focused on the career and employment aspect of the manufacturing industry. We discuss what it takes to get into the industry, what certifications, as well as paths, are relevant, how to move up the ladder, and answer some of the viewer questions based on this topic.

You can find listen to this episode on Spotify, and Apple Podcasts.
All episodes are live-streamed on our Youtube channel and we do answer your questions. So make sure to subscribe to be notified about the next live stream.

P.S. If you like the podcast, and want to support it, make sure to leave us a review.

Robots Taking Over? :robot:


Background: The traditional automation market has been growing much quicker than robotics over the last decade. Sales from automation companies such as Siemens and Rockwell Automation are a testament to this fact.

However, due to the recent events around the world, we’re seeing a shift in this dynamic. Fanuc and Kuka, both reported a growth in their sales as well as projected market growth while Rockwell Automation saw a decline.

Looking ahead: We believe that in the next few years, we will see an increase of demand for robotics and opportunities closely related to the integration of these machines.

Worth Reading :newspaper_roll:

Latest Tutorials :open_book:

MicroLogix 1100 RSLogix 500 External IO PLC Programming Tutorial

The MicroLogix 1100 PLC is still heavily used in the industry and is one of the most recommended PLCs for learning PLC programming. It is:

  1. Compact :white_check_mark:
  2. Offers a variety of I/O configurations :white_check_mark:
  3. Inexpensive relative to other Rockwell options :white_check_mark:
  4. Programmable using the free version of RSLogix 500 :white_check_mark:

Limit Switch - What it is, How it works & How it is used in Manufacturing

Limit Switches are used in a wide array of applications across the production floor as well as our daily lives.

In this tutorial, you will learn about the different types of Limit Switches, how they operate, and their use-cases.

PLC Programming Tip💡

The Rockwell Knowledgebase is an excellent resource to diagnose and resolve basic problems.
A free account is required to access the database which contains a wide array of solutions for all Rockwell products; software and hardware.

We recommend anyone involved with Allen Bradley PLC programming to have an account and start by searching the knowledgebase for any problems they encounter.

What’s Next?

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With :heart: from the SolisPLC team