In Nano Basics you'll learn everything you need to know to setup and programming Allen-Bradley's Micro800 line of Nano Programmable Controllers.
And you'll learn from a professional Programmable Controller specialist with over twenty five years of real world programming and troubleshooting experience.
The course starts with an introduction to the Micro810, 820, 830, and 850.
Then you're shown how to get free manuals and documentation for the Micro800 as well as how to select the components for a system.
Next, you're shown how to download, setup and use the programming and communications software.
And after learning how to setup communications from your Windows 7/8/10 PC to your Micro800, you're also shown how to flash the PLCs firmware.
The the instructor walks you through creating, testing, and troubleshooting several programs based on real world applications using Ladder Diagram, Function Block Diagram, and Structured Text.
A note about the course's design:
Please note that this course is designed for students who have some familiarity with PLCs, and therefore it does not delve into basics like "what is a PLC," and "how does ladder logic work." That said, students with no PLC experience are encouraged to first take the instructions "PLC Basics" course before taking Nano Basics or PAC Basics.
Please also note that the instructor's existing students have come to expect his courses to be of a modular design since that makes it easy to return and retake a lesson on a single topic at a later date.
That said, this course is also made up of many lessons which range from 2 to 20 minutes in lenght, and with each lesson covering a particular topic.
So any prospective student who would prefer a course with small number of lengthy lectures are encouraged not to enroll in this course as they will likely not appreciate the modular and topic based lesson design.
In this lesson you’ll learn about all the hardware that makes up the Allen-Bradley Micro800 family of Programmable Controllers.
In this lesson you’ll learn how to select Micro800 components as well as download Micro800 manuals and documentation.
In this lesson you’ll learn how and where to get the free Micro800 programming software Connected Components Workbench, as well as get your first look at the software. Note: This procedure shown is current at the time the course was published (May 2017,) however the procedure may change in the coming years.
The next lesson was added after some students ran into issues installing CCW on Windows 10.
Some students have run into issues installing CCW on Windows 10, so in this lesson I walk through the process. step-by-step
In this lesson you’ll learn how to setup USB and Ethernet communications to your Micro800 from your Windows 7/8/10 PC using RSLinx.
In this lesson you’ll learn how to flash your Micro800’s firmware using ControlFlash.
In part one of this lesson you’ll create a new CCW Ladder Diagram program with motor control logic, and then download, test and run it in the Micro820, 830, and 850.
In part two of this lesson you’ll finish downloading, testing, and running the program you created in part 1.
In this short lesson you’ll add and update aliases used in program 1.
In this lesson you’ll learn how to create a Ladder Diagram program to use a conveyor part sensing photoeye to detect conveyor jam and no part conditions.
In this lesson you’ll learn how to create a Function Block Diagram program to track total runtime as well as cascade a second “service machine - time delay" timer.
In this lesson you’ll learn how to create a Function Block Diagram program to track the number of total and good parts made and detected using a Photo Eye and Push Button.
In this lesson you’ll learn how to create a Structured Text program to calculate Scrap Count and Good to Scrap Ratio.
This is the final lesson of the course.
UPDATE: Due to how the Udemy website works, my courses are divided between two different users, ShawnTierney, and Shawn-Tierney-2, and between the two I have the following courses available:
- PLC "Core" Basics: Getting started with A-B PLCs!
- PVP Basics: Learn to setup, use, and program the PanelView Plus!
- PLC Basics, Second Edition: Learn to setup, use, and program A-B PLCs!
- PAC Basics: Learn to setup, use, and program the A-B ControlLogix!
- Nano Basics: Learn to setup, use, and program the A-B Micro800 using CCW!
- CCW VFD Quickstart: Learn to use CCW to backup, edit,& restore A-B VFD parameters!
My name is Shawn Tierney from The Automation Blog, and I love sharing what I've learned about automation products with others.
I spent my first twenty five years in the automation business working as an Automation Specialist helping electricians, technicians, and controls engineers implement automation solutions using Allen-Bradley PLCs, PACs, and HMIs, as well as Rockwell Software SCADA and MES products.
Over the course of my career I attended over fifty weeks of Rockwell factory training, and attained several certifications including Rockwell's Certified Automation and Information Specialist, as well as Microsoft's Certified Professional status.
I've also maintained an online presence since 1996 to share automation tips and code, and launched my first website in 1999 featuring my own sample code for PLC-5, SLC-500, MicroLogix, ControlLogix, PanelView and RSView products.
And for over a decade Rockwell Automation even featured my HMI graphics in their own demos, presentations, and sales brochures, as well as on the Automation Fair show floor, and in RSTechED sessions.
These days I'm self-employed as an online automation trainer and author of the internet's most popular independent automation blog, The Automation Blog dot com, which includes a forum where I enjoy discussing automation products and challenges with people from around the world.