PAC Basics Extended Edition

In this extended course, those with some prior PLC experience will learn how to setup, configure, and program the Allen-Bradley line of ControlLogix Programmable Automation Controllers (PACs) including:
- Understanding the design and parts that make up a ControlLogix system
- How to setup RSLinx drivers, and configure Ethernet and ControlNet Networks
- How to setup, test, and troubleshoot local and distributed I/O configurations
- How to create, test, and run Ladder Logic, Function Block, ST, & SFC programs
- And much, much more! (click here for full details)

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55 Lessons


In PAC Basics Extended Edition you'll not only learn everything you need to know to setup, use, and program the Allen-Bradley ControlLogix, you'll also learn advanced topics including how to Message to other PLCs, how to use PlantPAx Process Objects, how to integrate Variable Frequency Drives, and more!

Instructor: Shawn Tierney

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PAC Basics is designed for those students who are already familiar with PLCs, and would like to learn how to setup, program, and troubleshoot the ControlLogix family of Programmable Automation Controllers (PACs) using RSLogix 5000 and Studio 5000

NOTE: If you've never used or programmed a Programmable Controller then you may want to take our “PLC Basics” course before you take this ControlLogix Programmable Automation Controller course.

What you will learn:

  • Understanding the overall design of ControlLogix system and components
  • How to configure a system’s Controllers, I/O, and Communications Modules
  • How to setup Ethernet, Serial DF1, and USB drivers in RSLinx Classic
  • The difference between RSLogix 5000 and Studio 5000
  • How to setup, configure, and edit RSLogix and Studio 5000 projects
  • How to add, edit, and test Local, Ethernet, and ControlNet I/O
  • Understanding Controller and Program tags
  • How to create and edit Tags and Aliases
  • How to setup, configure and edit Tasks, Programs, and Routines
  • Understanding how Ladder Logic differs in ControlLogix when compared with other PLCs
  • How to create, test, run, and troubleshoot Ladder Diagram Routines
  • Understanding Function Block Diagram Routines, and how they Execute
  • How to create, test, run, and troubleshoot Function Block Diagram Routines
  • How to create and use User Defined Data Types

Extended Content Includes over Four Hours of Additional Lessons, Including:

  • Understanding the components that make up Structured Text Routines
  • Create, Test, and Run a Structure Text Routine
  • Understanding the components that make up Sequential Function Chart Routines
  • Create, Test, and Run a Sequential Function Chart Routine
  • Creating an Add-on Instructions from Scratch
  • Download and Use free Add-on Instructions
  • Download and Use PlantPAx Process Objects Instructions
  • Setup and Use Produced and Consumed Tags over Ethernet
  • Setup and Use Messages over Ethernet, ControlNet, DH+ and DF1
  • Integrate a VFD into your existing Motor Control program
  • Use the PlantPAx P_VSD to replace your VFD Control program
  • Connect and Control a VFD over Ethernet
  • Bonus Lesson: Setting up Legacy PLCs for Comms Lesson
  • And all future updates free of charge!

NOTE: Are you looking for a less expensive course that only covers the basics? If you are, check out “PAC Basics Standard Edition.

Who should take this course:

Anyone who already has some PLC experience and would like to master the most used features of the Allen-Bradley line of ControlLogix Programmable Automation Controllers (PACs.)

Requirements to complete optional exercises or follow along:

Students who wish to complete optional exercises, or follow along with the instructor as he programs, will need the following:

1) A working copy of RSLogix 5000 or Studio 5000, and a compatible Windows PC to run it on:

  • Rockwell currently does not offer a free download of the RSLogix 5000 or Studio 5000 programming software
  • The Instructor does cover how to request a free 30 day evaluation copy of the above software from Rockwell
  • To find out if your Windows PC is compatible with your Rockwell Software, visit Rockwell's website here
  • 2) A ControlLogix or CompactLogix controller (with inputs and outputs) that is compatible with the students Windows computer AND their version of RSLogix 5000 or Studio 5000:

    • Currently, the course only covers ControlLogix hardware, however all of the programming lessons can also be done with a CompactLogix controller
    • Before purchasing a Contoller, Software, or PC, students should check that they are compatible with each other
    • Controller, Programming Software, and Communications options and compatibility are covered in the course
    • Students may also wish to use Input (push buttons, switches, etc) and Output (pilot lights, relays, etc) devices with their controller
    • Note: The course includes how to find I/O wiring diagrams, but does not include lessons on basic electricity or wiring I/O devices

    What is included with the course:

    To see what is included with this course please see the enrollment options.

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Sample Lesson

In this lesson, “RSLogix 5000 and Studio 5000,” you'll learn all about these programming packages for the ControlLogix system.




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Learn to use the Allen-Bradley ControlLogix Programmable Automation Controllers!
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Instructor Lead Lesson Q&A
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Advanced Topics Included
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Mobile Downloads of Lessons via Vimeo Included
40+ The Automation Minute Episodes Included

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40+ The Automation Minute Episodes

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Course Materials

Detailed Course Overview: To download a detailed overview of what is covered in this extended course, click here.

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Requirements for DVD Lessons: To take one of our DVD courses you'll need either a DVD or BluRay player, or a PC with a DVD or BluRay Drive and DVD movie playing software. Note: While Microsoft does not include free DVD playing software with Windows 8 or 10, free programs like VLC Media Player are available.

Requirements for Software, Hardware, and Hands-On: For detailed requirements to complete any optional programming exercises, or to follow along with the instructor as he programs, see the "Requirements..." section near the bottom of the Details tab.


Start Here: Important Course Tips

Lesson 01: PAC Basics Intro

Lesson 02: Hardware Section

Lesson 03: Logix Design

Lesson 04: Logix Hardware Part 1

Lesson 05: Logix Hardware Part 2

Lesson 06: Logix Hardware Part 3

Update: How To Find Your Local Rep

Lesson 6B: PAC Anatomy

Lesson 07: Selection, Documentation

Exercise 07: Review Guides, Download PST

Lesson 08: Software Section

Lesson 09: About RSLogix, Studio 5000

Update: How To Get Demo Software

Update: Windows 7/8.1/10 Patch Issues

Lesson 10: Software First Look

Lesson 11: Controller Properties

Lesson 12: Tasks, Programs, Routines, Tags

Lesson 13: Communications Section

Lesson 14: Addressing Ethernet, ControlNet

Lesson 15: Software Comm Drivers

Lesson 16: Flashing Firmware

Lesson 17: Programming Section

Lesson 18: I/O Configuration

Lesson 19: Testing I/O Config

Lesson 20: Controller, Program Tags

Lesson 21: Ladder Logic in ControlLogix

Lesson 22: Motor Control Ladder Routine

Lesson 23: Part Sensing Ladder Routine

Lesson 24: Function Block Diagram Routines

Lesson 25: Machine Run, Lube FBD

Lesson 26: User Defined Data Types

Lesson 27: Total, Good Parts FBD

Lesson 28: Structured Text Routines

Lesson 29: Scrap, Ratio Calc ST

Lesson 30: Sequential Function Chart Routines

Lesson 31: Part Count, Copy, Reset SFC

Lesson 32: Advanced Programming Intro

Lesson 33: Changing a Project's Version

Lesson 34: Duplicate & Re-use Code

Lesson 35: Add-on Instructions (AOI)

Lesson 36: Download and Use AOIs

Lesson 37: Using PlantPAx Process Objects

Lesson 38: Produced & Consumed Tags

Lesson 39: Messaging ControlLogix Controllers

Lesson 40: Messaging PLCs over DF1

Lesson 41: Messaging PLCs over DH+

Lesson 42: Messaging PLCs over Ethernet

Lesson 43: PowerFlex VFD Integration (Digital Only)

Lesson 44: VFDs for Motor Control (Digital Only)

Lesson 45: Using FBD for VFD Control (Digital Only)

Lesson 46: Control VFDs over Ethernet (Digital Only)

Lesson 51: Importing PLC Programs (Digital Only)

Final Lesson and Credits

Bonus 01: PLC Comms Setup