Allen-Bradley RSLogix 500
What you'll learn
- How to program PLCs using Allen-Bradley's RSLogix 500 software
- How to use simulations in PLC programming
- How to export, modify and re-import the symbol and description database
- Basic computer skills
- General knowledge of electricity
This course teaches the student to program the Allen-Bradley SLC 500 and Micrologix brands of PLC. It covers the theory behind processor operation, file structure and addressing, communications and software drivers using RSLinx, and contains several practical software examples. A complete program is configured and written using different subroutines for each function. It includes descriptions of the IEC 61131-3 specification for PLC languages and covers many of the mnemonic shortcuts for entering logic.
Various examples are given both offline and online editing, including some useful pieces of code such as a runtime totalizer using timers and counters, and scaling an analog value. Using math functions to convert temperature is also demonstrated.
A series of videos covering the programming of an actual system are included after the basic instruction set is presented. This includes writing a simulation routine that interacts with the main program.
Who this course is for:
- Industrial maintenance technicians
- Plant engineers
With over 30 years in various technical fields and 20 years in industrial automation, I will present useful content to people interested in manufacturing, controls, automation and custom machinery. I have been teaching automation topics since 2013 in a classroom setting, this is my first foray into online courses.
I have published several books, most recently one on PLC programming. My first courses published here cover material from that book. Another book, published in 2013 is very broad in scope; I intend to cover much of the material presented in that book in more detail, including machine vision, pneumatics, communications and CAD.
In March of 2020 my training facility in Tennessee was destroyed by a tornado. There were various labs including a "mini-factory" that I used to teach hands-on topics and programming; with this event and the pandemic which soon followed, I have decided to transition to online methods of teaching.