For many of us who've spent years (or decades) programming Allen-Bradley PLCs, the thought of learning a new PLC line or brand can bring on a headache!

One example of when this happened to me is when I learned that Rockwell's Micro800 was not going to be programmed with software even remotely similar to RSLogix.

Instead, Rockwell created a strange new software package called Connected Components Workbench be programmed the Micro800.

Well from that point forward I kept the Micro800 at arms length as I focused my efforts on RSLogix and Studio 5000.

But several years later, and after the obsolescence of the MicroLogix 1000 and 1500, if you require a low cost programmable controller from Allen-Bradley the Micro800 is now the obvious choice.

That said, there's still a substantial learning curve that exists when migrating to this new controller and its unique programming package.

And that's where I can help.

Over the last several weeks I've gone through all the Micro800 literature, and spent many days working with CCW first hand to learn how to quickly and effectively use this software create common PLC code.

Then I took what I learned and boiled it down into a “basics” course that teaches you everything you need to know to quickly get up and running with Rockwell's Micro800 line of Nano Programmable Controllers.

I start the course by introducing you to the four different PLCs that make up the Micro800 family, covering the features and functions of each while also giving you a tour of the hardware itself.

Next I show you step-by-step how to get Micro800 manuals, as well as how to quickly select Micro800 components for your systems.

From there you learn how and where to get a free copy of the programming software, and how to set it up and use it.

You'll also learn to configure Ethernet and USB communications from your Windows 7/8/10 PC to the Micro800.

Then you spend the rest of the course learning how to create programs in Ladder Logic, Function Block, and even Structured Text.

And the programs you write, debug, download and run in the Micro800 are based on real world examples, including motor control, part and jam sensing, machine runtime monitoring, and production tracking.

You'll learn all this and more in a very affordable course which you can go through in half a day.

So how much do you think a course like that is worth?

In appreciation of you, “the readers” of The Automation Blog, I've created a special “Nano Basics”  coupon that will grant you a lifetime copy of the course's digital bundle for just $35!

However, this coupon is only valid for the next seven days and only for the first 1,000 readers who enroll.

So if you've wanted to learn how to use and program the Micro800, you might want to take this opportunity to get my new Nano Basics course while this coupon is available.

To do so, click on the below link to add the course to your cart AND apply the “reader's discount” coupon at our sister site,

From there you just select checkout (all major credit cards accepted) and then you'll have a lifetime to decide when you want to spend a few hours learning how to use and program the Micro800.

Now if you'd like to learn more details about the course before you purchase it, just head over to Nano Basics Course which will redirect you to the course's homepage at The Automation School.

NOTE: Once all the coupons are gone the course will not longer be available at this highly discounted price. So if you'd like to get it for the special “The Automation Blog” reader price of just $35, you'll need to be one of the first 1,000 readers to use the above coupon over the next seven days to purchase the course.


Shawn Tierney
Automation Instructor and Blogger

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Shawn began sharing automation news and know-how online in 1996 when he launched his first BBS. Then in 1999 he moved to the internet launching, which he later renamed In 2013 he moved his automation efforts to a new website,, which has since become the most popular independent industrial automation blog on the web.

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