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20 - RS5000 for the Beginner: Lab Project Manual & Lecture USB Memory - 261 pages + 16 hours video


This is  a good starting place to learn Programmable Logic/Automation Controllers. It does not assume that the reader already understands basic industrial controller programming.

This manual, RS5000 for the Beginner, is just that. It starts from the most fundamental concepts and guides you step by step, creating a new project, adding I/O modules to your I/O configuration, creating tags and writing rungs of logic.
We do not accept any responsibility for the reader’s ability to access the appropriate software and hardware to complete the projects in this manual. With RS5000, you will have to invest monetarily in the learning process to a much higher degree than for RS500. The Complete PLCLearn Series is based upon the least expensive Micrologix1000 or the RS500 Simulator comprised of the Micro Starter Lite, RSLinx Lite and RS500 Emulate which is software pro gratis from Rockwell Automation. With RS500 there is enough “free” stuff to complete the learning process.
With RS500 you could use the MicroLogix1000 or the simulator, whereas with RS5000 the least expensive option for hardware is purchasing used from the web and still you cannot use the free version of RS5000 with this hardware. Because of this hardware challenge, we will do most of the labs with CompactLogix and a few with ControlLogix. Keep in mind that almost anything that you can do with CompactLogix , you can also do with ControlLogix. Setting aside any differences in I/O part numbers, a 16 point digital output module serves the same basic functions in code whether it is a 1769 backplane or a 1756 backplane.
The Complete PACLearn Series is the most effective, least expensive and yet, the most complete training package available in the Programmable Automation Controller arena. To support that claim, it must provide real hands on experience, not product feature demonstrations, all lab exercises need to be step by step and fully illustrated; the lab exercises must address the less apparent nature of the products as well as the obvious. Nothing builds confidence like seeing it work with a real PAC.

It is also an exhaustive introduction to RSLogix5000 for the student, electrician, technician or engineer that is unfamiliar with the Rockwell Automation controllers that run the Logix engine and needs a quick start. The Complete PACLearn Series includes Lab Project manuals and supporting videos available for purchase.

This manual is a 261 page, full color, step by step guide. It covers the use of the RSLogix5000 graphical user interface, creating a new project, adding I/O modules to the I/O configuration, creating tags (variables) and using them with ladder logic diagrams. All of the most basic instructions are covered in depth, exposing the unapparent nature of ladder logic diagrams and these instruction while explaining the apparent function of these instructions.

XIC (true if ON), XIO (true if OFF), OTE (output energize), OTL (latch output), OTU (unlatch output), BST (branch start), NXB (next branch), BND (branch end), TON (delay ON timer), TOF (delay OFF timer), RTO (retentive delay ON time), RES (reset timer/counter) and the ONS (one shot) are well covered, discussed and exercised in this volume. Look closely at the additional images with this product, the table of contents and sample pages.

A large section of this manual was spent on covering I/O configurations in the advent that you are using a different set of I/O modules than what we developed the manual with.

The last stretch of this manual covers, in detail, a practical application using conveyors as the object of your programming. You will write and test a very realistic program to control these conveyors. The manual was written with the Universal Digital Field Device Simulator in mind, but any combination of digital input and output modules will suffice to complete the lab projects.

This is a USB drive with lecture discussions (16+ hours) covering the lab project manual, project by project, page by page. This drive also includes a folder full of manuals and useful information to the engineer and student alike. Some of the information in that folder may be dated, but rather than delete it, we leave it, consider this folder a bonus.

List of lectures:

Introduction                              33 minutes

Creating a project                     28 minutes

Intro to I/O                                40 minutes

I/O continued                            31 minutes

Keyboarding the database       31 minutes

First Bits                                      33 minutes

Just for Fun                                09 minutes

Your 1st rung of logic                34 minutes

A sneak peek                               27 minutes

Buffering I/O                               15 minutes

Just for Fun                                  11 minutes

OTL & OTU                                 32 minutes

OTL & OTU pt2                          32 minutes

OTL & OTU                                 32 minutes

Seal In Logic                                45 minutes

Seal In Logic pt2                         13 minutes

Challenge Pt1.                              41 minutes

Challenge Pt2.                              33 minutes

One Shot ONS                             46 minutes

One Shot ONS Pt1.                      18 minutes

TON Timer                                   34 minutes

TOF & TON                                  34 minutes

RTO Timer                                   20 minutes

Challenge Pt3.                              54 minutes

CTU & CTD                                   53 minutes

Challenge Pt4/5                           62 minutes

Challenge Pt6.                              56 minutes

Challenge Pt7.                              59 minutes

Flashing Firmware                      41 minutes

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