About the Book
How This Book Can Help You
This book is part 1 of a 4-part series, which serve as an exhaustive collection of my step-by-step tutorials and demos on PLC programming for beginners and advanced learners alike. You will find this book very helpful if you are an electrician, an instrumentation technician, an automation professional or engineer looking to improve your PLC programming knowledge.
This part 1 has 7 chapters and is accompanied with 53 in-depth HD demo videos that you can download. These videos simplify everything you need to understand, and help you speed up your learning of Allen-Bradley’s RSLogix software and hardware. There is also a link in this book for you to download my PLC programs (codes) for your revision.
Since I assume you have little knowledge of PLCs and PLC programming, I prepared this book in such a way that when you read it and study the accompanying demo videos (53 episodes), you will not only have an in-depth knowledge of common Allen-Bradley’s Programmable Logic Controllers, you will also gain a lot of job experience you need to build innovations and earn higher salaries.
This book begins with the fundamental knowledge you need to start writing your very first PLC program. It goes on to teach some advanced topics of PLCs that you need to become a paid professional in the field of PLC programming.
So, after studying this book and the demo videos which I presented in the form of tutorials, you should have a clear understanding of the structure of ladder logic programming and be able to apply it to real world industrial applications.
The best way to master PLC programming is to use real world situations. The real-world scenarios and industrial applications developed in this series and its accompanying demo videos will help you learn better and faster many of the functions and features of both the RSLogix 500 and RSLogix 5000 platforms.
The methods presented in the demo videos are those that are usually employed in the real world of industrial automation, and they may be all that you will ever need to learn. The information in this book and the demo videos is very valuable, not only to those who are just starting out, but also to any other skillful PLC programmer, no matter their skill level.
Merely having a PLC user manual or referring to the help contents is far from enough in becoming a skillful PLC programmer. Therefore, this book is extremely useful for building PLC programming skills. First, it will give you a big head start if you have never programmed a PLC before. Then it will teach you more advanced techniques you need to learn, design and build anything from simple to complex programs on the RSLogix 5000 (now called Studio 5000) platform.
One of the questions I get asked often by beginners is, where can I get a free download of RSLogix software and hardware to practice? I provide in all the 3 parts of this series links to a free version of the RSLogix Micro Starter Lite (which is essentially the same programming environment as the RSLogix 500 Pro) and a free version of the RSLogix Emulate 500 to simulate a PLC hardware. I also provide links to download the demo edition of RSLogix 5000 / Studio 5000 Logix Designer to your system.
I do not only show you how to get these important Rockwell Automation software for free and without hassle, I also show with clear images and HD videos how to install, configure, navigate and use them to write ladder logic programs.
Finally, I provide further help/support. So if you have questions or need further help, use the support link provided in the books. I will get back to you very quickly.
About the Editor
I am multi-talented. As a computer engineer and a computer scientist, I have over 15 years of teaching experience in software development and computer hardware architecture. I am the CEO of Ojula Technology Innovations, a book publishing company. I co-publish my books with Charles H. Johnson who also offers technical assistance to my company. In the last few years I have helped the IT industry develop various useful programs on Windows, MacOS and PLCs (programmable logic controllers).
I always build solutions from scratch and go as far as modifying open source software to meet my client’s needs. As an embedded systems expert, I design embedded Systems that optimize performance and cost against complex requirements. I leverage Stratify OS (a POSIX like RTOS for micro-controllers) to quickly and cost-effectively develop complex firmware applications in Python and C/C++ languages. I work with a dedicated team of Python programmers who look into specific automation problems and proffer solutions to them.
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