Detailed specifications for course P1540

Level 1 and 2 Skills for the PLC-5 Using RSLogix5 Discrete and Analog Signals


This five-day, hands-on technical workshop for plant maintenance personnel is designed to:

cover the basic hardware associated with the PLC-5 family of Allen-Bradley programmable logic controllers
cover the principle features of the
RSLogix5 software used to program and monitor the operation of the PLC-5
cover the basic techniques required to work with both
discrete and analog signals associated with PLC-5 control systems


The following topics will be presented through hands-on exercises and demonstrations:

Basic hardware of the PLC-5 system
Navigating the principal features of the RSLogix5 software package
Fundamentals of the PLC-5 ladder logic instruction set
Accessing online help for RSLogix5
Online and offline editing skills
I/O hardware addressing; two-slot, one-slot, and half-slot modes
I/O wiring and basic troubleshooting
Monitoring the PLC data tables
Emergency Cut-Off systems; wiring for fail safe operation
Using I/O forces; techniques and safety issues
Accessing and resetting fault codes
Using the RSLogix5 ladder and database search features
Entry-level programming skills; linear sequencing
Safety issues when using latches vs. "seal around" programming techniques
Subroutines, Jumps, etc. and their effects on the program scan
Documenting the PLC program with address comments and rung comments
Downloading and uploading PLC programs
Using Block Transfers to communicate with intelligent I/O modules; both integer and BT-type control blocks
Using configuration screens for intelligent I/O modules such as 1771-IFE, 1771-OFE2, etc.
Wiring and processing analog inputs and outputs such as 4-20mA and other common instrumentation signals
Troubleshooting techniques using Find All, Custom Data Monitor, Histogram, Trend, Cross Reference, and Advanced Diagnostics Search features
Math functions required for scaling analog input and output signals
Using indirect and indexed addressing
Using the Message instruction to communicate between PLCs on the Data Highway Plus network
Configuring the RSLinx software for various communication hardware


This course will be conducted as a laboratory workshop using the Problem/Solution method of instruction. There are absolutely no transparency projectors and no PowerPoint slide shows involved. Instead, all of the course material is presented through a series of hands-on exercises which each student performs on real-world equipment. By working through the same types of tasks which are commonly encountered in the field, students not only master the material more rapidly but also improve their problem-solving skills and develop the confidence required to apply their new abilities on the job. Most students, particularly those with a maintenance technician background, respond enthusiastically to the challenges of this dynamic style of instruction.

Students successfully completing this course will be awarded 4.0 Continuing Education units.

In order to provide each student with an individual workstation and with adequate instructor attention, the class size is normally limited to six students. Please note that this five-day workshop covers a large amount of material and that some students may consider the pace to be quite demanding.

It is required that each student have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Windows and also adequate mouse and keyboard skills to enable active participation in the lab exercises. Although the pace of this workshop will not accommodate students who lack these skills, we offer a separate one-day hands-on computer workshop to provide these prerequisites.


For more information, or to register, just contact us at:
843-437-1883          - phone
ronbeaufort@gmail.com - email
we never use text - in or out

Copyright - R.H.Beaufort - Charleston, SC Updated: July 8, 2012

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