PLC Core Basics Course
In this course you’ll learn the how to get started with Allen-Bradley PLCs and RSLogix programming software
I’m happy to announce the re-released of my original PLC Basics course in a new, super affordable “Core” edition!
Cut from the original 2014 course which earned a 4.6 out of 5 star rating with students in over 45 counties, this trimmer two hour edition has been simplified to include only the “core” topics you need to know to begin using and programming PLCs!
Note: Customers looking for my completely new, five hour second edition click here: PLC Basics, Second Edition.
What you will learn:
- Understand what a PLC is, and how to read Ladder Logic
- How to download, setup and use RSLogix, RSLinx, and RSEmulate
- Understand Data Table files O, I, S, B, T, and C
- Configure RSLinx communications to Emulated PLCs, as well as the Serial DF1 driver and cables used with A-B PLCs
- Write, download, go online, test, and troubleshoot PLC Ladder Logic programs using Bit, Latch, Timer, and Counter instructions.
Who should take this course:
This introductory PLC course is designed for those people without prior PLC experience who want to get started using and programming PLCs quickly and inexpensively.
This course is also recommended as the starting point for beginners who would like to go on to learn about other A-B Programmable Controllers, including the Allen-Bradley CompactLogix and ControlLogix PACs.
Note: This course is not the newest, nor is it the longest version, however it is the least expensive. Students looking for the newest and longest version of the course should check out my new, completely re-recorded five hour edition, PLC Basics, Second Edition.
What is required to follow along:
If you would like to follow along with the instructor, you will need a personal computer running Microsoft Windows XP or 7 to run the free software used in this course.
And while the instructor demonstrates how to download the free programming, communications, and emulation software used, he can not guarantee that students in every part of the world will have access to Rockwell’s downloads.
What is included with the course:
To see what is included with this course please see the enrollment options.
- Video Lesson 01: Course Introduction (01:48)
- Video Lesson 02: PLC Hardware (02:12)
- Video Lesson 03: PLC Software (04:29)
- Video Lesson 04: PLC Memory (05:51)
- Video Lesson 05: Ladder Logic (12:56)
- Video Lesson 06: Basic Bit Instructions (05:09)
- Video Lesson 07: First Program (14:40)
- Video Lesson 08: Download to PLC and Test (18:06)
- Video Lesson 09: Download to Emulator and Test (10:27)
- Video Lesson 10: Latch Instructions (13:38)
- Video Lesson 11: On and Off Delay Timer Instructions (17:40)
- Video Lesson 12: Retentive Timers and Reset Instructions (07:47)
- Video Lesson 13: Counter Instructions (12:49)
- Video Lesson 14: Final Lesson (02:31)
- Video Appendix A: Parts used (05:51)
- Video Appendix B: Low cost cables (03:29)
* When purchasing “Online Enrollment” you will be enrolled in the course here at TheAutomationSchool.com and can start the course by clicking on the first lesson. When you complete the course, a “print certificate” button will appear at the top of the course page.
** When purchasing the “Mobile Access” option you will also receive a PDF coupon voucher to redeem a copy of the course’s video lessons from Vimeo.com, and may use their free Mobile App on supported devices to watch (and on some mobile devices download) the video lessons of this course. For more details visit vimeo.com/everywhere
*** When purchasing the “DVD” option please note this option is only available to those with a valid address in the continental USA that the USPS (US Mail) can deliver to. If you live outside the USA or have an address that the USPS does not deliver to please contact us for a custom quote.
I spent my first twenty five years in the automation business working as a Rockwell Automation Distributor Specialist helping electricians, technicians, and controls engineers implement automation solutions using Allen-Bradley PLCs, PACs, and HMIs, as well as Rockwell Software SCADA and MES products.
These days I'm self-employed as an automation educator, programmer, and consultant. And I'm also the author of the internet's most popular independent automation blog, The Automation Blog dot com, where I enjoy discussing automation products and challenges with people from around the world.