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RM11- Fundamentals of PLCs using Connected Components Workbench and Micr800 Controllers

This is an intensive hands-on learning experience using Connected Components Workbench Version 12 with the Micro850 controller Simulator. All of the lab projects were developed with hardware controllers, not the simulator. However, you may use the Simulator that is provided in Connect Components Workbench Version 12. The software, which includes the simulator, is free. The lectures will reference the simulator but flow seamlessly if you are using a hardware controller...Micro810 is not a good choice.

Completing all of the lab projects with the Simulator will leave you with confidence in the efficacy of the simulator, it behaves 100% like the controller that it is simulating, 2080-LC50-48QBB. For educators, this is an exceptional opportunity to deliver programmable logic controller training with no additional investment beyond the computers that you have available in your classrooms. For electricians and engineers, they can continue the learning experience anywhere they can use their computer.

The lecture subscription includes several basic Electricity & Magnetism lectures that are currently available free on our website. They have been added to the subscription solely for ease of access.

This video subscription supports the third edition of the lab project manual Fundamentals of PLCs using Connected Components and the Micro800 Part One. The lab project manual is a separate purchase from this lecture subscription to allow individual purchases in scenarios where both are not needed or by instructors that purchase multiple manuals and one video subscription for classroom use.

The curriculum is designed for electricians, technicians and engineers that have little or no experience with programmable logic controllers. It is also suitable for technical personnel with experience using controllers other than Allen Bradley, as well as those that need a refresher on PLCs. The course starts at the most fundamental level and progresses with each additional day.

Why we put our emphasis on "Hands-ON" learning...

 Course sequence:

1. Purchase the manual. I would wait until you have the manual in hand before you do the next step, thus ensuring full use of the lecture subscription interal.

2. Purchase the lecture subscription and begin attending the lectures in the following order.

Basic Electricity and Magnetism

  • EMF by Chemistry
  • EMF by Magnetism
  • Force and Motion
  • Voltage, Current and Resistance

Programmable Logic Controllers

  • What does a PLC Do?
  • What are Input Field Devices?
  • What are Output Field Devices?
  • What is PLC Hardware?
  • What is Ladder Logic Diagrams?
  • What is a PLC?
  • Building a Micro800 Learning Station.

Connected Components Workbench

  • Finding & Downloading Connected Components Workbench & RSLinx Lite
  • What is a Simulator?
  • Testing the Simulator
  • Sneak Peak at the Garage Door Project


  • RSLinx Classic Lite
  • Software Loopback Connection

Lab Projects

  • M1 - Creating a Project with the Simulator
  • M2 - First Program & First Rung of Logic
  • M3 - Ladder Logic Diagrams
  • M4 - Ladder Logic Diagrams with I/O assignments
  • M5 - How and Why to Buffer your I/O Image
  • M6a - Garage Door Application Pt1
  • M6b - Garage Door Application Pt2
  • M6c - Garage Door Application Pt3
  • M6d - Garage Door Application Pt4, TON Instruction
  • M7 - Timer Instructions
  • M8 - Online Editing using Run Mode Change
  • M9/M10 - Creating a Template & Practical Conveyor Project
  • M11a - Programming Challenge Pt1
  • M11b - Programming Challenge Pt2
  • M12 - Counter Instructions
  • M13a - Coil Types
  • M13b - One Shot Instruction
  • M13c - One Shot Application
  • M14 - TON Instruction Application
  • M15 - RTO Instruction Application
  • M16 - Cascading Timer Instructions

The subscription is for a set length of time. I would not purchase this subscription until you have the manual and are ready to launch this learning experience.

You can complete this course easily within a 30 day period, 1 week if you worked on it full time.

Click here to purchase the online subscription to this series of lectures.