How to get free A-B PLC Sample Programs

I get asked a lot by my students where they can get sample programs for MicroLogix PLCs.

I tell them that, in addition to the sample programs found in the product's user manual, Rockwell also make over twenty fully documented samples available as free donwloads, and in today's article I'll show you how to get them.

UPDATE: Check out the new 2017 version of this procedure here.

To start, navigate your browser to

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Next, type “Connected Components Building Blocks” into the search box and click on the red search icon:

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The results will list twenty eight different programs, most of which include a sample MicroLogix 1100 program that can be opened with the free RSLogix software we covered in a previous article.

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Each Connected Component Building Block download not only contains a sample program for RSLogix, but also sample PAnelView screens, bill of materials, and a getting started guide.

CCBB Zip Contents

If you'd like to get a free DVD that also includes wiring diagram and panel layouts, click on the below link to request a free copy:

And if you'd like to learn how to setup and use RSLogix, RSLinx, and Emulate, as well as program the MicroLogix 1000 and 1100, check out my affordable MicroLogix training course at PLC Basics Second Edition

Finally, to see a video of the above procedure, check out the below episode of The Automation Minute:


Shawn Tierney
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