Compact Basics, Level 1 & 2

Learn to setup, use, and program the Allen-Bradley CompactLogix Small Programmable Automation Controller

What you'll learn:

✓ CompactLogix hardware overview ✓ System sizing & component selection
✓ Controller architecture and OS ✓ Comm hardware and RSLinx Driver setup
✓ Version differences, Flashing Firmware ✓ Add and test Local and Ethernet I/O
✓ Create and edit Tasks and Programs ✓ Create and test Ladder Routines
✓ Create and test Function Block Routines ✓ Create and use User Defined Data Types

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92 Lessons

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Learn to confidently setup, program, and troubleshoot CompactLogix PACs with Compact Basics Extended Edition

You don't need to spend thousands of dollars and several days in a classroom to learn how to use, program, and troubleshoot Allen-Bradley's CompactLogix Programmable Controllers. All you need is some basic PLC knowledge, a Windows PC, and our affordable Compact Basics Online Course.

Compact Basics is the perfect online course for electricians, technicians, and engineers who understand the difference between a bit, byte and word, and can read basic ladder logic, and now want to learn to setup, program, and troubleshoot Allen-Bradley's line of CompactLogix programmable controllers.

Taught by a factory certified PLC specialist with over thirty years of experience, and has used every CompactLogix model released, this course you will learn everything you need to know to get started using Rockwell's CompactLogix Programmable Automation Controllers with confidence.

Unlike other vendor's courses that only become available after you purchase their expensive hardware or trainers, our Compact Basic courses doesn't require you to purchase any additional parts as we show you how to get a thirty day trail copy of Allen-Bradley's PAC Programming and Emulation software, Studio 5000 and Emulate 5000, to use with this course.

And for those who'd prefer to learn with a physical CompactLogix, we also cover which Controllers and Cables work best and why, as well as how to set them up and program them. We even provide you with an overview of every CompactLogix controller, detailed step by step instructions on how to connect to each, and a list of components and devices used to build the affordable, homemade PLC trainer we use in this course.

Unlike other companies whose job is done once the sale is complete, we're committed to your success and actively encourage students to post questions in the lesson discussion area. Our expert instructors visit The Automation School each weekday to support and answer student questions.

We also invite you to come back and retake any lesson as the need arises, which is made possible by the fact that none of our course come with an expiration date.

And when you finish your course and pass all the quizzes, you'll also be rewarded with an official Completion Certificate from from The Automation School that lists the Professional Development Hours you've earned by completing all of the course content.

Standard & Extended Edition Level 1 Topics:

Below is a summary of the topics covered, and a complete lesson listing is also available in a following section:
  • Understanding the design and different models of CompactLogix
  • The difference between RSLogix 5000 and Studio 5000
  • How to size a system and choose components
  • How to configure Controllers, I/O, and Communications
  • How to setup Ethernet, Serial DF1, and USB drivers in RSLinx Classic
  • How to setup, configure, and edit RSLogix/Studio 5000 projects
  • How to add, edit, and test Local I/O, and Distributed Ethernet 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 CompactLogix when compared with other A-B PLCs
  • How to create, test, run, and troubleshoot Ladder Diagram Routines.

Extended Edition Level 2 Topics:

  • Understanding Function Block Diagrams (FBD,) and how they Execute
  • How to create, test, run, and troubleshoot Function Block Diagrams
  • How to create a FBD Material Sensing Routine
  • How to create a FBD Maintenance Routine
  • How to create FBD Alarm Routines
  • How to use Trends to monitor process variables
  • Understanding Structured Text Routines and how they Execute
  • Future – How to create, test, run, and troubleshoot Structured Text Routines
  • Future – How to create, test, and run Sequential Function Chart Routines
  • Future – Duplicate & Re-use Code
  • Future – Add-on Instructions (AOI), Download, Create, User
  • Future – Produced & Consumed Tags, Message PLCs
  • Future – VFD Integration, Using FBD for VFD Control
  • Future – HMI Integration

Who should take this course:

Anyone who has some PLC experience and would like to learn how to setup, program, and troubleshoot the Allen-Bradley CompactLogix line of Programmable Automation Controllers.

Instructor Bio:

Shortly after earning a degree in Electronics, Shawn Tierney spent twenty five years working in the field as a Rockwell Automation authorized distributor specialist helping countless Engineers and Electricians learn how to select, setup, program, and troubleshoot Allen-Bradley industrial automation controls.

During his time as a specialist, Shawn attended over fifty weeks of Rockwell training and gained his certification as a Rockwell Automation Specialist and Information Software Specialist, and graduated from Rockwell's STPA Certification program with the highest recorded score.

During that time Shawn also earned his Microsoft Certifications in Server and Desktop Operating Systems, becoming a Microsoft Certified Professional.

Shawn left his job as an Automation Specialist in 2015 to focus on sharing everyting he's learned in affordable, self-paced courses at


Student review: “Excellent varied content, Shawn delivers the content very well indeed! looking forward to purchasing additional courses off the back of this one. Thanks Shawn!” – Bri

Student review: “Awesome Course! Shawn covers everything you need to know about CompactLogix in the course…excellent job on coverage of Hardware!” – DW


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NOTE: To purchase this course as a gift, or for a co-worker to take, please choose the Voucher option at top of the page.

Sample Lesson and Snapshots

In this sample lesson you'll learn details about the Controllers and Software is needed to complete the “optional” programming exercises.

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Lessons and Reviews


Lesson 1.00: Course Intro, Tips

Lesson 1.01: Hardware & Software

Lesson 1.02: I/O Devices Used

Lesson 1.05-A: PLC Application Simulator * New

Lesson 2.01: Manuals & Docs

Lesson 2.02: CompactLogix L20, L30

Lesson 2.03: CompactLogix L3x

Lesson 2.04: CompactLogix L23

Lesson 2.05: CompactLogix L4x

Exercise 2.05: Review Gen 1 – 3 (10 Mins)

Quiz 01 – CompactLogix Generations 1-3

Lesson 2.06: CompactLogix 5370

Lesson 2.07: CompactLogix L3

Lesson 2.08: CompactLogix L2

Lesson 2.09: CompactLogix L1

Exercise 2.09: Review 5370 (10 Mins)

Quiz 02 – CompactLogix 5370 (Gen 4)

Lesson 2.10: Compact I/O 1769

Exercise 2.10: Review 1769 I/O (10 Mins)

Quiz 03 – 1769 Compact I/O

Lesson 2.11: CompactLogix 5380

Lesson 2.12: Compact I/O 5069

Exercise 2.12: Review 5069 (10 Mins)

Quiz 04 – CompactLogix 5380 and 5069 I/O

Lesson 2.13: Controller Reset

Lesson 2.21: Controller Architecture

Lesson 2.22: Controller Operating System

Exercise 2.22: Review Architecture and OS (10 mins)

Quiz 05 – CompactLogix Architecture and Operating System

Lesson 2.23: Product Selection 1

Lesson 2.24: Product Selection 2

Exercise 2.24: Using IAB (30 Mins)

Lesson 3.01: Origin of RSLogix (4 mins)

Lesson 3.02: RSLogix, Studio 5000

Lesson 3.03: RSLogix/Studio 5000 First Look

Exercise 3.03: (10 mins)

Lesson 4.01: BootP-DHCP Tool

Lesson 4.02: RSLinx Driver Setup

Lesson 4.03: Set IP Through RSLinx

Lesson 4.11: Using ControlFlash

Lesson 4.12: Firmware Files (5m)

Exercise 4.12: (10 mins)

Lesson 5.00: Intro to I/O

Lesson 5.01: L30, 1769 I/O

Lesson 5.02: Forcing I/O

Lesson 5.04: L23, 1769 I/O (8 mins)

Lesson 5.06: L3x, 1769 I/O

Lesson 5.08: L1x, 1734 I/O

Lesson 5.09: Local 5069 I/O (10 mins)

Lesson 5.10: Multicast & Unicast

Lesson 5.11: Ethernet Point I/O (13 mins)

Lesson 5.12: Ethernet Flex I/O (10 mins)

Exercise 5.12: Add & Test I/O (10 mins)

Lesson 6.00: Introduction

Lesson 6.01: Program 1

Exercise 6.01: Reverse (10 mins)

Lesson 6.02: Program 2

Exercise 6.02: Combine (10 mins)

Lesson 6.03: Program 3

Exercise 6.03: Detect Full Bin (10 mins)

Lesson 6.04: Program 4

Exercise 6.04: Production (20 mins)

Lesson 6.05: Program 5A

Lesson 6.05: Program 5B

Lesson 6.05: Program 5C

Exercise 6.05: Preset (20 mins)

Lesson 6.06: Program 6

Exercise 6.06: GSV (10 mins)

Lesson 6.07: Trending

Exercise 6.07: Trend (10 mins)

Lesson 6.08: Program 7A

Lesson 6.08: Program 7B

Exercise 6.08: Jog & Cycle (20 mins)

Lesson 6.10: Migrate to 5380

Exercise 6.10: Migrate to 5380 (10 mins)

Lesson 11.01: Function Block Diagrams

Exercise 11.01: Review Samples (10 mins)

Lesson 11.02: FBD Maintenance Routine

Exercise 11.02: Maintenance Routine (20 mins)

Lesson 11.03: FBD Material Sensor

Exercise 11.03: Material Sensor (20 mins)

Lesson 11.04A: FBD Alarm Routine A

Exercise 11.04A: Alarm Routine Part 1 (20 mins)

Lesson 11.04B: FBD Alarm Routine B

Exercise 11.04B: Alarm Routine Part 2 (20 mins)

Lesson 11.05: FBD Feed and Eject

Exercise 11.05: Feed and Eject (20 mins)

Lesson 11.06: FBD Trending Feed & Eject Tags

Lesson 11.10: Structured Text

Appendix A: All Downloads (CB)

Appendix B: Experience Kit (17 mins)

Appendix C: Find Your Rep (2 mins)



Course Requirements and Questions

Requirements to follow along and/or complete any optional exercises:

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

  • An internet connection to take this online course
  • To write programs, students will need an installed and working copy of either RSLogix 5000 or Studio 5000 Logix Designer Mini or better
  • To download and test programs, students will need a physical CompactLogix controller, power supply, I/O and communications cable, or a copy of Studio 5000 Emulate, and a compatible version of RSLogix 5000 or Studio 5000 Logix Designer
  • Note: Instructions on how to request a free 30 day evaluation and demo copy of Studio 5000 Logix Designer and Emulate 5000 from Rockwell is covered in the course
  • A Windows PC compatible with the above software (see below,) controller and communications cable (all controllers, cables, and drivers are covered in the course)
  • Optionally any Input (push buttons, switches, etc) or Output (pilot lights, relays, etc) devices the student would like to use with their CompactLogix (a list of the devices we use is provided)
  • NOTE: While the course covers how to find I/O wiring diagrams, it does not include lessons on basic electricity or basic wiring skills

Note: To learn if your PC's Windows Operating System is compatible with the version of RSLogix 5000 or Studio 5000 Logix Designer you'd like to use, see Rockwell's website here (this topic is also covered in this course)

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