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RSLogix500 with Micrologix Controllers Course - Basics

RSLogix500 Course using Micro Starter and Micrologix Controllers

Micro Starter and Micro Starter Lite are subsets of RSLogix500. RSLogix500, very expensive, supports all SLC500 processor/controllers and all Micrologix controllers. Micro Starter supports all Micrologix controllers and is available from your local AB distributor for under $200.00. Micro Starter Lite is free, if you can find it, and supports the Micrologix1000/1100 controllers.

You can complete this course with Micro Starter Lite (free), RSLinx Classic Lite (free) and RSlogix Emulate 500 (free). Or…instead of using the emulator, a Micrologix1000/1100 hardware controller. The optimum, but most expensive, would be purchasing a Micro Starter license, a Micrologix1100/1400 and either building your own digital field device simulator (enclosure with lights and switches to connect to the Micrologix1000/1100) or buying one. Click on the link to see a kit to build your own.

Kit to build a digital field device simulator...

 If you use a Micrologix1000 controller, you will need to purchase a “PM02” style cable and possibly a USB/RS232 adapter. This cable combination is available online for under $30.00. Example shown…

1761-CBL-PM02               USB-1761-CBL-PM02

Notice the 9-pin sub dshell connector that would connect to your computer.

Notice the USB connector that connects the adapter to your computer.

If you are using a Micrologix1100/1400, you will need an ethernet cable and you should plan on using a crossover adapter.

This is necessary when connecting ethernet ports that do not support transmit and receive sorting electronically.

   Hands-on lab project manual…

This manual is shipped with or without a memory stick containing documents and copies of free software. The software is not for sale, it is free, you pay for the labor and materials to put it in your possession. The memory stick will not be labeled, so when you receive it, secure it against loss. Replacements are expensive.


There are two versions of purchasing the hands-on lab project manual; with the copy of documents and software or...just the manual alone.

Before you can complete any of the projects in this manual, you must acquire and load RSLinx Classic Lite and RSLogix Micro Starter (Lite). If you are using the Emulation instead of a actual hardware controller, then you need to acquire and load RSLogix Emulate 500.

If you purchased the manual with the memory stick containing the software, you will also have a project file that is a template for a Micrologix1100 controller with special program files that allow you to configure your project to effect a single toggle of the Inputs memory locations and have them respond as a maintained, momentary normally open or normally closed switch or digital field device. You will not need to use this template until you get to the lab project that uses I/O memory locations. If and when you use the template, you will open it and immediately save the project with a different name to preserve the integrity of the template for future use.


Available as a separate purchase are several subscriptions to lectures that discuss general technical topics and provide lab project discussions to watch after you complete each lab project. In some instances, it may require multiple discussions to cover one lab project. Only one subscription is required for this course…the following is a link to look it over and purchase the subscription.

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/rs500ml1400               Lab project discussions…

If you are new to programmable logic controllers, you may want to begin with a subscription to this series, not included with the above series. They are older recordings but very informative.

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/basicplctechnology      Generic PLC technology and history…

Using the Emulation…

There are at least two lectures at the top of the list of lectures in the above described Lab project discussions that elaborate on RSLogix Emulate 500. Watch those and make sure you can get your emulation to function. Do this immediately when you acquire the three software titles. The emulation is not as simple to use as an actual hardware controller because it is subject to your operating system and you handling of your computer’s registries etc…

Course Sequence…

  1. Acquire the software titles, at a minimum, you need a version of RSLogix500; RSLogix500, Micro Starter or Micro Starter Lite and in additionto RSLinx Classic Lite. RSLogix Emulate 500 if you are not going to use a hardware controller.
  2. Install software on the computer that you are going to use for this course. The software is free, so you can load it on as many computers as you like.
  3. Follow the instructions in the first couple of lectures on the Emulation. Success is identified when you can get online with the emulation, you can concern yourself with functioning logic later in this course but not at this point.
  4. If you are new to this subject, watch the first eight lectures in the PLC Technology Series (optional). You can skip the lectures on building a learning station. Watch the remaining lectures at your leisure while you are doing the lab projects, their topics are not required to begin completing the projects in the manual. If you are not familiar with number systems; binary, octal, decimal, hexadecimal and BCD, you need to watch 06 – PLC_Intro03 in the PLC Technology series on number systems.

If you are going to build the digital field device simulator (parts available on the website), watch the lectures in the bonus section first.

  1. Read the early sections of the manual, approximately pages 9 – 37.
  2. Watch 1 – ML14 RSLinx and then complete Basic RSLinx Procedures, approximately pages 38 – 44. You may not be able to complete them all because of the “controller” that you are using.
  3. Complete Basic RSLogix Procedures, approximately pages 45 – 67.
  4. Watch 2 – ML14 Nav Data.
  5. Complete Ladder Logic Diagrams, approximately pages 68 – 79.
  6. Watch 3 – ML14 1st Rung

Optional…Watch 4 – ML14 CalcConvert, this may come in handy as you go through this course.

  1. 11. Complete Creating/Editing Ladder Logic Diagrams, approximately pages 80 – 86.
  2. Watch 5 – ML14 Modes Files and 6 – ML14 Drag n Drop.
  3. Complete Logical Programming Instructions and Application – Logic That Remembers, approx. pages 87 – 101.
  4. Watch 7 – ML14 SealIn Conv and 8 – ML14 Latch/Unlatch.
  5. Complete Data Types – A Closer Look, approx. pages 102 – 112.
  6. Complete Challenge #1 Part 1 and Part 2. Approximately pages 113 – 119.
  7. Watch 9 – ML14 Challenge 1 Pt1.
  8. Complete ONS – One Shot Instruction, approximately pages 120 – 126.
  9. Watch 10 – ML14 One Shot.

As we get deeper into the project manual, there is some overlap of lectures and projects. Feel free to watch ahead if you are struggling with a lab project.

  1. Complete Timer Data Type – Counting Units of Time, approximately pages 127 – 146.
  2. Watch 11 – ML14 Timers Conv and 12 – ML14 TOF and 13 – ML14 RTO and 14 – ML14 Conv RTO
  3. Complete Practical Application – Detecting Sluggish Cylinders and Practical Example using the CTU, CTD and RES instructions, approximately pages 147 – 165.
  4. Watch 15 – ML14 Sequencing Lights, 16 – ML14 Virtual Cylinders, 17 – ML14 Counters and 18 - ML14 Conv Counters.
  5. Complete Comparison Instructions, approximately pages 166 – 179.
  6. Watch 19 – ML14 Comparison.
  7. Complete Math Instructions, approximately pages 180 – 187.
  8. Watch 20 – ML14 Math and 21 – Ml14 MOV.
  9. Complete Advanced LLD Instructions, approximately pages 188 – 194.
  10. Watch 22 – ML14 BSL and 23 – ML14 BSR.
  11. Complete Sequencing Bits for Machine Control, approximately pages 195 – 208.
  12. Watch 24 – ML14 Seq 01, 25 – ML14 Seq 02 and 26 – ML14 Seq 03.

This last lab is quite lengthy and you might want to watch the supporting lectures interspersed with the completion of the lab sections.

  1. Complete Machine Sequencing, approximately pages 209 – 296.
  2. Watch 27 - ML14 MachSeq 01, 28 - ML14 MachSeq 02, 29 - ML14 MachSeq 03 and 30 - ML14 Final MachSeq.