PAC Basics Extended Edition

Learn to setup, use, and program the Allen-Bradley ControlLogix PAC (Programmable Automation Controller)

What you'll learn:

✓ ControlLogix 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 Distributed 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
✓ Create and test Structured Text and SFC ✓ Integrate VFDs, Message Controllers

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Proudly Serving Thousands of Individuals and Companies in Fifty-five Countries:

Learn to confidently setup, program, and troubleshoot ControlLogix PACs with PAC 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 ControlLogix Programmable Controllers. All you need is some basic PLC knowledge, a Windows PC, and our affordable PAC Basics Online Course.

PAC 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 ControlLogix programmable controllers.

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

Unlike other vendor's courses that only become available after you purchase their expensive hardware or trainers, our PAC Basics 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 ControlLogix, 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 ControlLogix 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 Edition Topics:

Below is a summary of the topics covered, and a complete lesson listing is also available in a following section:

  • Design of the System and Components
  • ControlLogix Controller Anatomy
  • Manuals and Documentation
  • Software Packages and Versions
  • RSLogix 5000 vs Studio 5000
  • RSLogix and Studio 5000 First Look
  • Controller Properties
  • Tasks, Programs, Routines, Tags
  • Ethernet and ControlNet Addressing
  • How to setup RSLinx Classic Drivers
  • Flashing Controller and Module Firmware
  • Adding Local, Ethernet, and ControlNet I/O
  • Testing and Troubleshooting I/O Config
  • Controller and Program Tags
  • How Ladder Logic Diagrams (LD) differ in ControlLogix
  • Creating a Motor Control Ladder Routine
  • Using Photo Eyes for Part Sensing (LD)
  • How Function Block (FBD) Routines work
  • Create a Machine Runtime FBD Routine
  • How User Defined Data Types (UDT) work
  • Create and use UDTs in Part Counting
  • Who should take this course:

Extended Edition Topics:

  • How Structured Text (ST) Routines work
  • Calculate Scrap Ratios using ST Routine
  • Sequential Function Chart (SFC) Routines
  • Part Count, Copy, Reset Routine using SFC
  • Changing a Project's Version
  • Duplicating and Re-using Code
  • How Add-on Instructions (AOI) work
  • Create, Download, and Use AOIs
  • Using PlantPAx Objects AOIs
  • Using Produced and Consumed Tags
  • Messaging ControlLogix Controllers
  • Messaging Controllers over DF1
  • Messaging Controllers over DH+
  • Messaging Controllers over Ethernet
  • Bonus: Legacy PLC Comm Setup
  • PowerFlex VFD Integration
  • Using LD and VFDs for Motor Control
  • Using FBD for VFD Motor Control
  • Controlling VFDs over Ethernet
  • Who Should Take This Course:

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 ControlLogix 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: ““The instructor has a vast knowledge of the system in question and provides excellent use of visual aids and stories from the field combined with a review of technical documents and the equipment in question. As a professional, I value this is the type of education and training that will help you do a better job in your career while educating you on various aspects of the platform in question and the product's history. Well Done Shawn” – J.H.

Student review: “This course has lots of insider information gleaned from many years of working ‘in the trenches' – very valuable when trying to avoid pitfalls of incompatibility or non-compliance to best practices.” – P.D.

Student review: “This course rocks. Its loaded with useful content where other courses fall short. Thanks Shawn. I will be looking for other courses you offer in the future.” – A.C.

Student review: “Great attention to important details. Step by Step right teaching approach from simple to more complicated to the most complicated.” – G.D.


Course and Bundle Pricing:

PAC Basics Standard


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  • Q & A Support
  • Completion Cert. with PDHs
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PAC Basics Extended


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  • Q & A Support
  • Completion Cert. with PDHs
  • Complete Getting Started Course
  • Additional Intermediate Lessons
  • 40+ Bonus Videos
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  • Q & A Support
  • Completion Cert. with PDHs
  • Complete Getting Started Courses
  • Additional Intermediate Lessons
  • +++ Bonus Videos
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  • + CompactLogix Course
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A-B Mega Course Bundle


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  • Q & A Support
  • Completion Cert. with PDHs
  • Complete Getting Started Courses
  • Additional Intermediate Lessons
  • +++ Bonus Videos
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  • + CompactLogix Course
  • + Micro800 Course
  • + MicroLogix Course
  • + PanelView Plus Course
  • + FTViewSE Course
  • + CCW VFD Quickstart
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A-B Ultimate Course Bundle


  • Instant Access
  • Lifetime Access
  • Q & A Support
  • Completion Cert. with PDHs
  • Complete Getting Started Courses
  • Additional Intermediate Lessons
  • +++ Bonus Videos
  • + ControlLogix Course 2024 Update
  • + CompactLogix Course 2024 Update
  • + Micro800 Course & 2024 Update
  • + MicroLogix Course & 2024 Update
  • + PVPlus Course & 2024 Update
  • + FTViewSE Course
  • + CCW VFD Quickstart
  • + Master Logix: PLCLogix
  • + Master Logix: FactoryIO Pre-Order
  • + Ultimate SLC Pre-Order
  • + Ultimate PLC-5 Pre-Order

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

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Lessons and Reviews


Start Here: Important Course Tips *

Lesson 01: PAC Basics Intro

Lesson 01.05-A: PLC Application Simulator * new

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

Lesson 02.10: How To Find Your Local Rep (2018) *

Lesson 6B: PAC Anatomy

Lesson 07: Selection, Documentation

Quiz 01: Hardware Quiz

Exercise 07A: Review Select Guides

Exercise 07B: Download PST, Test IAB (NEW)

Lesson 07.5: How to Estimate I/O & Network Capacity (NEW)

Lesson 08: Software Section

Lesson 09: About RSLogix, Studio 5000

Update: How To Get Demo Software

Update: Windows Patch Issues *

Lesson 10: Software First Look

Lesson 11: Controller Properties

Lesson 12: Tasks, Programs, Routines, Tags

Quiz 02: Software Quiz

Lesson 13: Communications Section

Lesson 14: Addressing Ethernet, ControlNet

Lesson 15: Software Comm Drivers

Lesson 16: Flashing Firmware

Quiz 03: Communications Quiz

Lesson 17: Programming Section

Lesson 18: I/O Configuration

Lesson 19: Testing I/O Config

Lesson 20: Controller, Program Tags

Quiz 04: Programming Quiz 1

Lesson 21: Ladder Logic in ControlLogix

Lesson 22: Motor Control Ladder Routine

Lesson 23: Part Sensing Ladder Routine

Quiz 05: Programming Quiz 2

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

Appendix A: All Downloads (PAE)

Bonus-V: PLC Comms Setup *

Bonus-V: Logix Software, IO, and App Sim *



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 Standard or better
  • To download and test programs, students will need a physical ControlLogix 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 ControlLogix (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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