2. Examine the contents of the software box. There should be manuals for the software and the PLC. There should also be a CDROM and a floppy disk. You will also find quick reference cards, training information, etc.
2. Connect the provided power cord. Plug the PLC in, turn it on and look to see if the power light turns on. Turn off the PLC before the next step. NOTE: the power is wired directly to the PLC L1, L2/N and ground terminals on the front of the PLC.
3. The communication cable has two connectors. The round connector plugs into the front of the PLC - there is a small door on the left hand side. The other end of the cable should plug into the back of the computer. This will either be in ‘COM1’ or ‘COM2’. Chances are if there is a serial mouse attached to the computer, it will be ‘COM2’. If you are not sure, you can try both later.
1. Move the mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen to where the “Start” button is located and click once. Next, click on “Programs” then “Rockwell Software”, then “RSLogix 500 English”, and finally “RSLogix 500 English”.
3. Select ‘File’-’New’ and then select the processor ‘Micrologix 1000’. Next, change the driver to ‘AB_DF1-1’. This may cause the software to start the RS-Linx program - if it does go to step 4, if not go to step 5.
4. (If RS-Linx has started and is on the screen) Go to ‘Communications’-’Configure Drivers...’-’RS-232 DF1 Devices’-’Add New’. Pick the appropriate COM port and set the device to ‘micro/panelview’. Then select ‘Autoconfigure’. It should find the PLC and set the port appropriately. Click ‘OK’ and get the RSLogix software back.
5. Click ‘OK’ on the new file creation screen. The program will put up a project window. This will include a scrolling menu on the left that allows access to many functions of the PLC. The ladder logic will appear on the right hand side. At this point you are ready to enter some ladder logic.
1. A window will appear on the screen. On the right hand side is where ladder logic is entered and displayed. On the left are system settings. On the top are the controls used for programming and other functions.
2. Look carefully at the bar at the top of the screen. At the right hand side there are small symbols. Point to the left most symbol and hold down the left mouse button (keep it pushed for now). Drag the mouse down to the ladder logic window. A green box will appear, drag the mouse pointer to it and let the mouse button go. This should add an empty rung to the program.
5. Now the names of the inputs and outputs will be added. For the input contact, double click with the left mouse button on the “?” above the input contact. Type in the value shown below and press return. Do the same for the output coil. Note: what is displayed will appear different from what was entered.
2. You will be asked if you are sure you want to download, select “yes”. You may get a message that the SLC is in “RUN MODE”. If you select “Yes” the program in the PLC will stop running so that the new program can be downloaded. After the program is downloaded you will be asked if you want to switch back to “RUN” mode, select “Yes”.
3. When asked “Do you want to go Online?” select “Yes”. The screen will now show the actual state of PLC inputs and outputs. Turn on Input 0 to the PLC, and notice that the rung on the screen changes. It is also worth noticing that there is a slight delay between pushing the switch, and the change on the screen.
3. Go offline and add in the branch in the figure below. To do this drag down a branch icon from the bar above to a green box before the two input contacts. Then use the mouse to drag the other side of the branch (shown as a red box) to the other side of the input contacts.
2. Download the ladder logic and observe how the switches change the operation of the latches. Notice that the second last line of ladder logic has no effect - this is because the output ‘O:0/2’ was used twice, and only the last use counts.
3. After a latch is set (O:0/1) turn off the PLC, and turn it back on. Do the latched outputs stay latched? The programming software will give an error message “Communications loss to processor“, just click “retry” to reconnect to the PLC.
1. Now we will write a program that adds two numbers. If the sum is greater than 8 then an output will turn on. Enter the ladder logic and run the program. Watch the values displayed, and notice how inputs I:0/0 and I:0/1 change the values.
3. Next, look at the values in the memory of the PLC. First look at the left-hand side of the screen. One of the sections is labeled “Data Files”, under this there is “B3 - Binary”. Double click on this one to bring up a display window.
1. Under “Data Files” select “S2 - Status” to display the status memory of the PLC. Look through and notice many of the values that are available. The values that are gray can only be written to, while the others can be set by on the screen or by a ladder logic program. Also notice that memory addresses are also provided.
2. Enter the following ladder logic. Notice that the first scan value ‘S2:1/15” has been recognized as the first pass value. Download and run the program. Turn off the PLC and repeat. Notice how the bit is only set when the PLC is turned on.
3. Go to “Database” then “Address/Symbol” and double click. This will bring up a list of labels for all of the IO points in the system, including those defined by the user, and predefined values such as status bits.
1. Examine the PLC rack. Flip up the covers at the top of the cards. Flip down the terminal strips on the front of the cards. The cards can now be removed - this will require a bit of force, but the levers at the tops of the cards will help. Write down the card numbers, and the rack number they will look something like ‘1771-OB1’)
2. Look at the backplane of the PLC chassis. There are various connectors and switches. At this time we want to set the switches on the backplane as shown below. These can also bee seen in the “Quick Start Guide”
3. Look at the CPU card (PLC-5/11). Inside there are DIP switches that need to be set for communication parameters. (Look at the back of the CPU card and you will also find a legend for these switches.
4. Put the CPU card (only) back in the first slot in the rack. Turn the key to ‘rem’ for remote operation mode. Apply power and watch the status lights on the CPU. The ‘proc’ light should go on and stay a steady red, all other lights should be off. Have a look through the PLC5 quick start manual, pay extra attention to chapter 4.
5. Turn off the power and add a DC input card and DC output card to slots 0 and 1 (the order is not important, but write this down). Since we are using the 2 slot addressing mode these two slots will act like one, we refer to this as group 0. In total there are 8 slots, but in two slot addressing there are 4 groups. Each group has to have one input and one output card. This method allows us to have longer racks than normal. Apply power to the PLC and watch to see if the active light goes on (on the input card).
7. Run the programming software ‘RSLogix 5 English’. A blank window should come up. It will be necessary to open a project before beginning to program. Another program, called RS-Linx’, will also be used to communicate with the PLC.
8. Select ‘File’-’New’ and add a processor ‘PLC-5/11’, give the series/revision ‘E’, and give the ‘Processor Name’ a unique identifier. Next, change the driver to ‘AB_DF1-1’. This may cause the software to start the RS-Linx program - if it does go to step 9, if not go to step 10.
9. (If RS-Linx has started and is on the screen) Go to ‘Communications’-’Configure Drivers...’-’RS-232 DF1 Devices’-’Add New’. Pick the appropriate COM port and set the device to ‘SLC-CH0’. Then select ‘Autoconfigure’. It should find the PLC and set the port appropriately. Click ‘OK’ and get the RSLogix software back.
10. Click ‘OK’ on the new file creation screen. The program will put up a project window. This will include a scrolling menu on the left that allows access to many functions of the PLC. The ladder logic will appear on the right hand side. Next, we want to set up the PLC configuration. Select ‘IO Configuration’ and change the ‘chassis type’ to the type you wrote down earlier. Change the ‘Rack addressing’ to ‘2 slot’. Finally, change the cards in the rack to match the cards you added (click on the leftmost ‘chassis’ item). At this point the PLC layout should be complete.
11. Now we can begin to enter ladder logic. To do this click on the line number box that says ‘0000’ and hit return - a new blank line of ladder logic should have been created. Move up to the icon bar that contains ladder logic symbols and select a normally open input contact - it should appear on the blank line. Enter the address ‘I:000/00’ to indicate the input card ‘I:’ on rack ‘0’ and group ‘0’ and input bit ‘/00’. Click on an output symbol and this should add an output to the ladder line. Enter the address ‘O:001/00’ to indicate the output card ‘O:’ for rack ‘0’ and group ‘0’ and output bit ‘/00’. (Note: because we are using two slot addressing the input and output cards are in two separate slots, but share the same group)
12. We are now ready to download and test the program. Go to the ‘Comms’-’Download’ option. Answer the questions as required, and the program should start to download. You may be asked if you want to go on-line, answer yes. If the PLC is running you will see the ‘proc’ light turn green.
13. Connect a 12V DC power supply to the common and input ‘00’ on the DC input card. You should see the input light go on. The ladder logic program should make the output ‘00’ on the output card also go on.
18. Now we will create an SFC. First, we need to close the current file and start a new one. Now, highlight the “Program Files” item on the main program screen. Click the right mouse button and select “SFC”. Enter program “1” (not 3), select “SFC File”, and name the file something unique. If you click “OK” then the program will be created and added to the project tree.
19. Open up the SFC edit window by double clicking on the “SFC” program file. The SFC edit window appears to the right and can be modified. Edit the program to look like the one below - don’t worry about the contents just yet, but the form of the diagram must be the same.
20. When done entering the diagram use “Edit” - “Verify SFC Chart”. The SFC diagram will now be replaced with something like the one below. Notice that ladder logic programs have been created. The numbers on the SFC diagram are related to the new ladder logic numbers. We will modify the ladder logic for each step and transition next.
21. Double click on “Program Files” - “LAD 3-” and the SFC diagram will disappear and a ladder diagram will appear. This ladder corresponds to the first step in the SFC. So, here we want to do the actions required using ladder diagrams. Enter the ladder logic below for the program files.
23. Finally we will write a program that adds two numbers. If the sum is greater than 8 then an output will turn on. Enter the ladder logic and run the program. Watch the values displayed, and notice how applied voltages to inputs ‘00’ and ‘01’ change the values.
24. Enter and try the following program, it will directly influence timer preset values in memory. Try testing the basic operation. Then, set the preset to 2 seconds. Then cause the timer to pass the 2 second preset, note the result, but don’t reset the timer. Set the preset to 10 seconds, and continue the timer increment.