Compact Basics Level 1 & 2

$199.00 $149.00

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
✓ Create and test Structured Text Routines ✓ Create and test Sequential Function Charts
✓ New lessons on advanced topics ✓ All future Level 1 & 2 updates included

Full Details…


Instructor: Shawn Tierney


Compact Basics Level 1 and 2 course bundle is designed for those students who are already familiar with PLCs, and would like to learn how to setup, program, and troubleshoot the CompactLogix family of Small 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 CompactLogix Programmable Automation Controller course.

NOTE: This course is similar to our ControlLogix “PAC Basics” course, as both the ControlLogix and CompactLogix program using the same software, RSLogix 5000 aka Studio 5000 Logix Designer. The major difference is you will learn how to configure, setup, and use CompactLogix hardware in place of ControlLogix hardware.

Course Topics:

  • 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.
  • 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
  • How to create, test, run, and troubleshoot Structured Text Routines
  • How to create, test, run, and troubleshoot Sequential Function Chart Routines
  • Future Advanced Programming Topics…

NOTE: Are you looking for a course on the ControlLogix? If you are, check out my “PAC Basics.”

Who should take this course:

Anyone who already has some PLC experience and would like to learn how to setup, use, and program the Allen-Bradley line of CompactLogix Small 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 (see Sample Lesson)
  • To find out if your Windows PC is compatible with your Rockwell Software, visit Rockwell's website here
  • 2) A CompactLogix controller (with inputs and outputs) that is compatible with the students Windows computer AND their version of RSLogix 5000 or Studio 5000:

    • Before purchasing a Controller, Software, or PC, students should check that they are compatible with each other (see Sample Lesson)
    • 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

Sample Lesson

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


Lesson 1.00: Course Intro, Tips

Lesson 1.01: Hardware & Software

Lesson 1.02: I/O Devices Used

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)

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)

Lesson 2.10: Compact I/O 1769

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

Lesson 2.11: CompactLogix 5380

Lesson 2.12: Compact I/O 5069

Exercise 2.12: Review 5069 (10 Mins)

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)

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)