Over the last few months I've received several messages asking what the correct software is to program the MicroLogix line of programmable controllers.
So what's causing all of this confusion?
Well, it seems to be the vendor's very own website…
And it absolutely makes sense to use RSLogix 500 if you also have SLC-500 controllers to maintain.
Now before you ask, yes I have explained all this to one of the webmasters at Rockwell a few months back, but as you can see in the below episode of The Automation Minute, their website is still directing customers to RSLogix 500 even for the MicroLogix 1100 which has a free software option:
So if you know anyone who's going to start using the MicroLogix line of programmable controllers, please pass on these tips to them and save them from potentially spending thousands when they may only need to spend a couple off hundred (or in the case of the 1000 and 1100, nothing at all.)
First up is a free tech note (requires a free login to Rockwell's website) which explains what is not included in RSLogix Micro that is in RSLogix 500. Note there are dead links in the article as well as other issues with the document:
Next is a Product Profile comparing RSLogix Micro and Developer. This document is not as good as the documents Rockwell has removed or hidden behind their support paywall, but it will give you some idea as to what features each package has:
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