Micro800 for Connected Components Workbench Learning Package - Enhanced Multi-Purpose Inputs and Outputs, USB Adapter, Power Adapter & Cable
Although this product usually ships within 3 business days, at certain times of the year, heavy purchasing may increase the interval between purchase and shipping.
This is a brand new product. Although the MicroLogix1000 controllers remain relevant as a learning platform, Rockwell Automation has concluded their production life and so we replace the Micrologix1000 with a Micro810 as the least expensive platform to learn PLC Programming. You cannot use Micro Starter or Micro Starter Lite to program this controller, BUT...the software is a free download from Rockwell Automation website. Google "ab ccw" and you will find your way there.
1. Special inputs: All six of this controller's inputs can be controlled with toggle switches, allowing you to simulate many field devices that are not momentary but might be in the On state for minutes or even hours. All six inputs can be used as maintained On or maintained Off. There are many cases when you want a momentary On state and not a maintained On state, which you could have accomplished by flipping the toggle switch On and then immediately toggle it Off. Sometimes, we turn it on to complete the sequence and we forget to turn it off. For that reason, both IN0 and IN1 have a special circuit that includes normally open pushbuttons on the right side of the box, red for IN0 and green for IN1. AND... There are situations where you want an input On most of the time, with an occasional interruption or momentary change to the Off state. For this purpose, IN0 has a normally closed pushbutton (also part of the large red pushbutton on the right) included in its circuit. In0 gives you four possibilities: Maintained Off, Maintained On, Momentary Off (toggle switch On, push red button) and Momentary On (toggle switch Off, push red button).
2. Bright and easily seen LED lights for the four outputs. The red and green output lights do double duty as pushbuttons for IN0 and IN1. The lights may vary in color from the unit in the photo, especially OUT02 and OUT03.
3. All I/O field device simulators are clearly marked for quick access. Quite often, with the older unmarked lab station, you had to count from the first input to whichever input of which you wanted to change the state. It was too easy to lose your train of thought if you had to stop and figure out which switch was what, and... if you toggled the incorrect switch, it could trash your logical sequence and then a reset/restart would be required.
4. With the previous lab stations, you had to unplug something to power down your lab station at the end of your lab session; this station has a power switch and a pilot light for convenience.
5. This package includes the hardware learning station, power adapter, USB serial communications adapter (2080-USBADAPTER) and a USB communication cable.. This purchase does not include the 2080-LCD display that can be installed on the face of this controller. This display is not necessary to the operation of this controller. It can be purchased directly from your local AB distributor.
How to use this lab station:
1. Watch the lecture series; CL100 online course... OR ...CL100 Lecture disk set... OR ... "Intro to PLC Lectures" classroom on this website.
2. Download CCW (Connected Components Workbench) from the Rockwell Automation website. You will have to register to create an account but the software download is free.
2. Watch the tutorial videos on the YouTube beginning with this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYThulr6FcI
3. You will find many free videos on YouTube that will adequately introduce you to Connected Components Workbench, the software that supports writing logic for the entire Micro800 series.
We will be introducing a CompletePLCLearn Series lab project manual for the Micro800 series of controllers. The goal is the June/July 2018 timeframe. Don't wait to get started...download the free software now and watch some of the videos, even before you acquire your hardware training station. You can build your own with lights and switches.