PAC Basics: Everything you need to know to setup, configure, and program the ControlLogix!

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PAC Basics covers the following topics:

  • ControlLogix Design Overview

    ControlLogix Design Overview

  • ControlLogix Hardware Tour

    ControlLogix Hardware Tour

  • Controller Anatomy

    Controller Anatomy

  • Component Selection and Documentation

    Component Selection and Documentation

  • RSLogix 5000 vs Studio 5000

    RSLogix 5000 vs Studio 5000

  • Navigating RSLogix/Studio 5000

    Navigating RSLogix/Studio 5000

  • Setting up RSLinx Ethernet, Serial, and USB

    Setting up RSLinx Ethernet, Serial, and USB

  • Flashing Module Firmware

    Flashing Module Firmware

  • Setting up Ethernet, ControlNet, and DH+ modules

    Setting up Ethernet, ControlNet, and DH+ modules

  • Navigating Network

    Navigating Network

  • Project Creation/Editing, Configuring Local IO

    Project Creation/Editing, Configuring Local IO

  • Configuring Ethernet and ControlNet I/O

    Configuring Ethernet and ControlNet I/O

  • Controller and Program Tags

    Controller and Program Tags

  • Creating, Editing, and Testing Ladder Logix

    Creating, Editing, and Testing Ladder Logix

  • Creating, Editing, and Testing Function Block Diagrams

    Creating, Editing, and Testing Function Block Diagrams

  • Creating and Using User Defined Data Types

    Creating and Using User Defined Data Types

  • Creating, Editing, and Testing Structured Text

    Creating, Editing, and Testing Structured Text

  • Creating, Editing, and Testing SFCs

    Creating, Editing, and Testing SFCs

  • Program Duplication and Re-use

    Program Duplication and Re-use

  • Add-on Instructions, Create and Use

    Add-on Instructions, Create and Use

  • Produced and Consumed Tags, plus MSGs

    Produced and Consumed Tags, plus MSGs

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PAC Basics: Learn to setup, configure, and program ControlLogix!

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* Online Course and Completion Certificate Details: When purchasing the “Online Course” option you will be enrolled in the course at TheAutomationSchool.com and can start the course by clicking on “Lesson 1” found on the course’s homepage. When you complete the course, a “print certificate” button will appear at the top of the course homepage allowing you to print (or save) a personalized completion certificate.

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*** Physical DVD Set Details: When purchasing the “DVD” option please note that this option includes free shipping which is only available to those with a valid address in the continental USA that the USPS (US Mail) can deliver to. If you live outside the continental USA or have an address that the USPS does not deliver to please contact us HERE for a quote to ship to your address. Please also insure you provide a valid US Mail address as return shipping and then re-shipping is not included in the price of the course. Expected delivery of all DVD orders is two weeks from date of order, and all DVD customers are emailed a USPS tracking number.

**** Online Instructor Support Details: All editions of the course includes online instructor support. When you purchase the “Online Course” option you’ll have access to a “Lesson Discussion Area” on the bottom of each lesson page where you can ask the instructor questions related to that lesson’s content. If you purchase the DVD edition you are instead enrolled in a DVD Support Forum where you can ask the instructor questions related to the course’s content.

Course Description:

In PAC Basics you’ll learn everything you need to know to get started setting up and programming Allen-Bradley’s ControlLogix Programmable Automation Controllers.

And you’ll learn from a professional Programmable Controller specialist with over twenty five years of real world programmable controller programming and troubleshooting experience.

The course starts with an introduction to the ControlLogix and the design principles that went into the creation of these Programmable Automation Controllers (PACs.)

Then you’re shown not only how to get free manuals and documentation for ControlLogix hardware, but also how to design a complete system using Rockwell’s free IAB utility.

Next, you’re given a detailed tour of the hardware that makes up a ContolLogix system, including a close-up look at several Controllers, Communication and I/O Modules, as well as Chassis, and Power Supplies.

From there you’ll learn all about the ControlLogix programming software, including the differences between RSLogix 5000 and Studio 5000, as well as how to open and navigate each package.

The instructor then walks you through addressing ControlNet and Ethernet devices, setting up communication drivers in RSLinx, and how to configure and test local, Ethernet, and ControlNet I/O.

The rest of the course then focuses on creating, testing, and troubleshooting ControlLogix Routines based on real world applications like Motor Control and Part Sensing.

A note about the course’s design:

Please note that this course is designed to be modular, something many of the instructor’s students have come to appreciated and expect as it makes it easy to return and retake a lesson on a particular topic at a later date.

As such, the course is made of up dozens of lessons ranging in length from 2 to 20 minutes, with each section of the course also beginning with a short introduction video.

That said, prospective students who would prefer a course with just a handful of lengthy lessons are encouraged not to enroll in this course as they will likely not appreciate its modular design and topic based lessons.

Course Goals

At the end of this course, students will…

  • Understand the design of the ControlLogix system, as well as what components are required in a working system
  • Identify ControlLogix hardware, as well as how to setup Ethernet and ControlNet devices
  • Configure Ethernet, Serial DF1, and USB drivers in RSLinx
  • Understand the difference between RSLogix 5000 and Studio 5000, as well as how to navigate both packages.
  • Configure a new project, including choosing a controller type, version, and setting Controller Properties
  • Configure Local, Ethernet, and ControlNet I/O, including how to schedule a ControlNet network and how to test and troubleshoot your I/O configuration
  • Understand Controller and Program tags, as well as how to create and edit Tags and Aliases
  • Configure and Edit Tasks, Programs, and Routines
  • Understand how Ladder Logic in the ControlLogix is similar and different than other Programmable Controllers
  • Create, Test, and Run Ladder Logic Routines
  • Understand the components that make up Function Block Diagram Routines , as well as how they Execute
  • Create, Test, and Run Function Block Routines
  • Understand the components that make up Stuctured Text Routines , as well as how they Execute
  • Create, Test, and Run a Stuctured Text Routine
  • Understand the components that make up Sequential Function Chart Routines , as well as how they Execute
  • Create, Test, and Run a Sequential Function Chart Routine
  • How to change a project’s controller or version
  • How to quickly duplicate and re-use code
  • How to create and use Add-on Instructions
  • How to Download and Use free Rockwell AOIs (SCP)
  • How to Download and Use PlantPAx AOIs (P_Motor, Runtime)
  • How to create and use Produced and Consumed Tags
  • How to Messaging Logix Controllers as well as Legacy A-B PLCs using DF1, DHPlus, and Ethernet

Who should take this course? Who should not?

  • This course is designed for students who already have some Programmable Controller experience, and would like to become proficient in the use of the Allen-Bradley ControlLogix or CompactLogix line of Programmable Automation Controllers (PACs.)
  • This course is not designed for those who have no basic Programmable Controller skills, and those students are encouraged to take PLC Basics or PLC Core Basics first

What will students need to know or do before starting this course?

  • All prospective students are encouraged to completely review the Course and Lesson descriptions prior to enrolling to insure they are fully aware of the topics covered in this course
  • Students who wish to follow along will need a ControlLogix (or equivalent) PAC as well as the correct software (RSLogix 5000 or Studio 5000) to program it
  • This course is designed to be modular, with dozens of lessons that vary greatly in length based on the topic being presented. Each section of the course also begins with a short introduction video summarizing what is to be covered

Section and Lesson Listing

Section 0: PAC Basics Course Introduction

  • Course intro video

Section 1: Hardware

  • Section Intro
  • ControlLogix System Overview
  • ControlLogix Hardware, Part 1 – Processors
  • ControlLogix Hardware, Part 2 – Comm Modules
  • ControlLogix Hardware, Part 3 – IO, Chassis, PS
  • ControlLogix Controller Design/Anatomy
  • Component Selection and Documentation

Section 2: Software

  • Section Intro
  • RSLogix 5000 and Studio 5000
  • Using RSLogix/Studio 5000
  • Controller Properties
  • Tasks, Pragrams, Routines, Tags

Section 3: Communications

  • Section Intro
  • Setting up Ethernet and ControlNet addresses
  • Setting up RSLinx for Ethernet, Serial, and USB Comms
  • Flashing Firmware

Section 4: Programming:

  • Section Intro
  • Project Creation and Editing, Adding and Configuring Local, Ethernet, and ControlNet I/O
  • Downloading and Testing I/O Config Offline Scheduling ControlNet I/O
  • Controller Tags, Program Tags, and Alias
  • Ladder Logic Routines
  • Creating Motor Control Ladder Logic Sub-Routine and JSRs
  • Part Sensing Ladder Logic Routine and Online Edits
  • Function Block Diagram Routines
  • Creating, Editing, and Running Function Block Routine 1
  • Creating, Editing, and Running Function Block Routine 2
  • Creating User Defined Data Types
  • Structured Text Routines
  • Creating, Editing, and Running a Structured Text Routine
  • SFC Routines
  • Creating, Editing, and Running an SFC Routine

Section 5: Advanced Programming: 

  • Changing a Project’s Controller or Version
  • Quickly and Easily Duplicating Code (Rungs, Routines, Programs)
  • Creating and Using Add-on Instructions
  • Downloading and using free RA AOIs
  • Downloading and using free PlantPAx AOIs

Section 6: Advanced Communications: 

  • Produced and Consumed Tags
  • Messaging Logix controllers
  • Messaging Legacy A-B PLCs using DF1
  • Messaging Legacy A-B PLCs using DHPlus
  • Messaging Legacy A-B PLCs using Ethernet
  • Bonus! How the PLC’s is this section were setup: Episode 36 of The Automation Podcast

Section 7: Course Conclusion and Credits