I often get asked what is the best way to learn how to program PLC's?
But then comes the obvious next questions: Which Micro? What software will I need? Are there any special cables I need to buy? What about I/O?
With that in mind, in today's article I'm going to list the items I would recommend to anyone who would like to learn how to use and program PLC's.
PLC Starter Pack: Items I recommend to anyone who would like to get started programming PLC's:
1) Micro PLC: Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1000, 1761-L10BXB ($150)
For more information about the MicroLogix 1000 check out the below links:
2) RSLogix Micro Starter Lite (Free)
3) Low cost cables ($55)
4) Inputs and Outputs ($56)
There's nothing like actually wiring up inputs and output to your PLC, and below I list the low cost push button station, LED pilot lights, and a Pilot Light enclosure I used to make my Micro Basics video:
- Low cost Push Button Station, $16
- Low cost LED Pilot Lights, $6 x 4
- Low cost Pilot Light Enclosure, $16
5) Micro Programmable Controller Basics DVD
I spent the better part of a year creating this four hour DVD for the backers of my Kickstarter project, and now it's currently available as either a two disc DVD or via HD Steaming.
To find out more about it just head over to www.Micro-Basics.com to be taken to the product page for this video at The Automation School.
I hope you've found the above article about the items I recommend for a PLC Starter Pack helpful.
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