PLC Basics Extended Second Edition

In this course new users will learn everything they need to know to setup, use, and program Programmable Logic Controllers, including:
- What a PLC is, and the different styles and types they come in
- Understanding Numbering Systems, Data Types, and Ladder Logic Programs
- How to download and use the free RSLogix PLC Software, and setup RSLinx
- How to create, download, & test programs for sensing, timing, counting, etc
- And much, much more! (click here for full details)

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51 Lessons


PLC Basics, Extended Edition is designed for those students who have basic electrical knowledge and would like to learn how to setup, program, and troubleshoot PLCs. The specific PLCs covered in this course include the Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1000 and 1100, both of which can be programmed using the free RSLogix Micro Starter Lite software.

Instructor: Shawn Tierney

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In this updated course designed for those new to PLCs, students will learn how to setup, use, and program Allen-Bradley PLCs using RSLogix.

What you will learn:

  • What a PLC is
  • Styles and Types of PLCs
  • Numbering Systems and Data Types
  • What Ladder Logic is and how it works
  • How to setup Serial and Ethernet Communications
  • Creating, Testing, and Troubleshooting MicroLogix Programs in RSLogix
  • How to integrate Push Buttons and Pilots Lights with PLC Logic
  • How to use PLCs in a Motor Control circuit

Extended edition also covers these additional topics:

  • Using Photo Eyes
  • Bin Full Detection
  • Conveyor Jams or Blockages
  • Elapsed Run Times
  • Production Tracking
  • Mathimatical Equations
  • Comparison Instructions
  • And more!

Who should take this course:

• Anyone with basic electrical knowledge who would like to learn how to use, program, and troubleshoot Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs.)

What is required to follow along and complete the exercises and hands-on labs:

  • A Windows 7, 8, or 10 PC with Ethernet or USB port
  • An internet connection to download the free programming software
  • A MicroLogix 1000 and a “USB to Mini-Din” programming cable, and a USB port on PC
  • Or a MicroLogix 1100 and a standard Ethernet cable, and Ethernet Port on PC

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 you're introduced to the programming cables and USB to Serial adapters used with MicroLogix PLCs. These not only include the official Rockwell cables (USBS and PM02) but also include some low cost alternatives perfect for learning on a budget.

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Shawn really takes to heart what he teaches, and does it very well. I would recommend this course to anyone who really wants to start learning plc's. GOOD JOB SHAWN


This is excellent training for beginners. It is very detailed and full of valuable information. I would recommend this to any hobbyist / technician / engineer / scientist with no prior PLC knowledge or experience.


The tutor has made the videos in a clever fashion. They are not too long to make you bored. At the same time, he delivers the necessary information. Definitely would recommend this to any beginner!


From having no knowledge of plc's and ladder logic, to creating simple programs, This course did exactly what it was supposed to do, introduction into plc's.


Course is very good at presenting the PLC hardware and basic programming instructions. Instructor speaks very clearly, and details what is being demonstrated.


This course was excellent at getting the inside concepts of a plc and what it does! Shawn had me running a plc program in a emulator within hours.


Instructor is confident and very well organized. Presents the basics in a clear and concise manner. Videos are of high quality.


Very informative and well structured course. Easy to follow and great for the beginner.


The content covers all the topics you need to start with PLC's and the instructor explains very clear.


Easy and simple, clear and for everyone understandable. Very instructive and good instructor too!


Very informative and easy to understand!!!! A great way to get a basic knowledge of PLC!!


This course was very clear to understand. It has taught me a lot of useful information,


It is informative and interesting and the lessons come in an easy to digest format.


I really enjoyed this course. Excellent work Shawn and thank you very much.


Very well detailed information and demonstration.

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Lesson 01: PLC Basics Course Intro

Lesson 02: PLC Hardware Section

Lesson 03: What is a PLC?

Lesson 04: Where are PLCs used?

Lesson 05: Anatomy of a PLC

Lesson 06: Hardware Styles, Types

Lesson 07: Common Inputs, Outputs

Lesson 08: PLCs used in this course

Lesson 09: MicroLogix Hardware Tour

Update: How To Find Your Local Rep

Lesson 10: Programming Cables

Lesson 11: Manuals, Docs

Exercise 01: Download User Manual

Lesson 12: Numbers and Data

Lesson 13: Numeral Systems

Lesson 14: Types of Numbers

Lesson 15: Units of Digital Info

Lesson 16: Data Types

Lesson 17: Ladder Logic

Lesson 18: What is Ladder Logic

Lesson 19: Download, Install, Setup

Update: Windows 7/8.1/10 Patch Issues

Lesson 20: Downloading Free PLC Software

Lesson 21: Installing on Windows 7

Update: Download, Install on Windows 10

Lesson 22: PLC Software Basics

Lesson 23: PLC Memory

Lesson 24: Emulate, RSLinx, Going Online

Lesson 25: Serial Comms

Lesson 26: Ethernet Comms

Lesson 27: PLC Programming

Lesson 28: Basic Bit Instructions

Lesson 29: Simple Motor Control

Lesson 30: Run Stop Indication

Lesson 31: Bin Full Detection

Lesson 32: Troubleshooting Control

Lesson 33: Intro to Timers

Lesson 34: Sense Jam, No parts

Lesson 35: Elapsed Run Time

Lesson 36: Delay Time

Lesson 37: Timers Extra Credit

Lesson 38: Intro to Counters

Lesson 39: Part Counting

Lesson 40: Copy Part Counts

Lesson 41: Conditional Reset

Lesson 42: Creating a Clock

Lesson 43: ADD and SUB

Lesson 44: MUL and DIV

Lesson 45: GRT and LES

Lesson 46: Final Lesson

Appendix A - Parts Used