So you, or someone you know, wants to learn how to use Allen-Bradley programmable controllers?
Well you're in luck! In today's article I'll cover everything you need to know to get started.
1) What is the best A-B PLC to start learning with?
And when you're ready to move into the world of ComapctLogix and ControlLogix, you'll be happy to know that most of the Ladder Logix instructions are identical to the ones used in the MicroLogix, something which definitely can't be said about the Micro800.
2) Keeping it affordable…
Price is an important factor, as most people learning PLCs are doing so on a limited budget.
And while the MicroLogix 1000 isn't the least expensive micro on the market, the smaller models do start at only $150.
Aside from an affordable price, the MicroLogix 1000 also has two other big advantages:
First, the programming software can be downloaded absolutely free! This means you can begin learning now without even spending a penny.
For information on how and where you can get a free copy of the RSLogix software, check out my previous article on the subject, How to get free MicroLogix 1000 Programming Software
If you'd like to know how and where to get a free cop of the emulation software, check out my previous article, How to get a free copy of RSEmulate 500.
And if you'd like to know more about learning to use programmable controllers, check out my previous article on the subject, Getting Started with Programmable Controllers, which includes additional information on low cost programming cables, push buttons, and pilot lights for use in your very own PLC projects.
3) The basics, step-by-step
But what you might not know is yours truly has recorded a four hour training video that will show you everything you need to get started.
It's just me, and my twenty five years of experience helping people learn to program PLCs.
If you'd like to learn more about my video course, or order a copy for yourself (or a friend,) you can find all the details at PLC Basics.
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