PLC Hardware Tutorials

Beginner

Complete Guide on Buying Your First Allen Bradley PLC for Programming

PLC Programming is challenging; it doesn't have to be costly. We recommend that those who are looking to get into this career invest in an entry level PLC that allows them to practice without breaking the bank. Once you land your first job, you may choose to purchase additional hardware. However, the emphasis of this tutorial is on those who are just getting started.

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Vladimir Romanov
Beginner

PLC Programming Fundamentals - How To Use BOOTP / DHCP Tool Set An IP Address Of a New Rockwell PLC

A complete guide to the BOOTP / DHCP tool from Rockwell which is a necessity when it comes to working with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). Learn about the proper use of this tool as well as some of the common pitfalls for those who need to set an IP address of their PLC.

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Vladimir Romanov
Intermediate

Electrical Panel Wiring Diagram

Electrical panel wiring diagrams are used to outline each device, as well as the connection between the devices found within an electrical panel. As electrical panels are what will contain control systems, panel wiring diagrams are commonly encountered by PLC technicians and engineers. Although electrical panels may not be overly complex from the first glance, a lot of engineering goes into selecting proper devices, sizing wiring and designing the layout of the panel that is documented by the electrical panel wiring diagrams.

Beginner

Limit Switch - What it is, How it works & How it is used in Manufacturing

A limit switch is an electro-mechanical device used to send an electrical signal based on a physical interaction. Limit Switches are used to detect the presence of objects, thus allowing the system to take desired action.

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Vladimir Romanov
Intermediate

MicroLogix 1100 RSLogix 500 External IO PLC Programming Tutorial

The MicroLogix 1100 PLC is still heavily used in the industry and is one of the most recommended PLCs for learning PLC programming. The MicroLogix 1100 PLC is compact, offers a variety of I/O configurations and is inexpensive relative to other Rockwell options. Furthermore, the MicroLogix 1100 PLC is programmable using the free version of RSLogix 500 that can be downloaded from the official Rockwell website.

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Vladimir Romanov
Beginner

How to Build an Allen Bradley PLC Trainer Kit for PLC Training at Home

The best way to learn PLC programming is to get hands-on experience. However, as many are trying to learn how to program these devices before landing a job, it becomes crucial to invest in your own hardware in order to accelerate the learning process. That being said, a PLC programmer will face three challenges when it comes to building an effective PLC trainer.

Beginner

PLC ControlLogix Hardware | Allen Bradley ControlLogix Hardware Training | Chassis, Power Supply

Understanding the Hardware is the first step of working with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). This is a complete introduction to the entire ControlLogix platform which is the flagship product from Rockwell Automation.

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Vladimir Romanov
Intermediate

PLC Programming | CompactLogix 1769-IF8 Analog Input Module RSLogix 5000 Configuration tutorial

A step-by-step guide to assembling the hardware and adding the 1769-IF8 module into a program that is downloaded to a CompactLogix 1769-L24ER-QB1B processor.

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Vladimir Romanov
Beginner

Which PLC Hardware to Buy, When to Invest & What You Should Know before Purchasing PLCs

A complete guide to picking the perfect PLCs / HMIs system for your needs.

Advanced

PLC Programming MSG Instruction - Send Data Between MicroLogix & CompactLogix PLCs Studio 5000 Tutorial

Sending data between two Programmable Logic Controllers can pose a challenge. However, in the current manufacturing environments, it’s an absolute must. Learn one of the simplest ways to pass data between a MicroLogix 1100 PLC and a CompactLogix L24ER PLC.

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Vladimir Romanov
Advanced

Cognex In-Sight Vision System - Job Change EtherNet IP CompactLogix Rockwell PLC RSLogix Studio 5000

A complete step-by-step guide to the job change process in Cognex In-Sight. Learn how to go from one job to another where a unique job is created for each product type.

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Vladimir Romanov
Intermediate

Flashing PLC Firmware - Complete Guide for an Allen Bradley CompactLogix PLC

A step-by-step guide to flashing a 1756-L24ER-QB1B Allen Bradley processor. The procedure to flash most of the similar Allen Bradley PLCs is the same and should reapply completely.

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Vladimir Romanov