PLC Programming Handbooks
A Quick Tutorial on RSLogix Emulator 5000
RSLogix Emulator 5000 is a software simulator for the Allen Bradley line of Logix 5000 controllers (ControlLogix®, CompactLogix®, FlexLogix®, SoftLogix5800® and DriveLogix®). The goal is to mimic the function of a PLC without the actual hardware and thus do advanced debugging. More information can be found in the AB publication LGEM5K-GR015A-EN-P.
As a quick introduction we’ll go through a simple example of setting up a simulation. This involves three major steps.
Setting up the Chassis Monitor
To start the Chassis Monitor, click Start > Programs > Rockwell Software > RSLogixEmulate 5000 > RSLogix Emulate 5000 Chassis Monitor.
When the emulator opens up you’re confronted with what looks like an empty chassis. In slot 0 is an RSLinx module which has to be there for the emulator communications to work. Your slot 1 might have another irremovable RSLinx module depending if you are running RSLogix Enterprise.
From here we set up our hardware configuration for simulation. Our first step will be to add the CPU. In this case it is a special one called an Emulation Controller.
Next we’ll add some input/output simulation.
The chassis monitor will now have two emulation modules in it ready to go.
Creating a connection in RSLinx
Using RSLogix Emulator in a Project
To use the emulator in a project you must setup the hardware correctly.
Ready, Set, Go
You are now ready to use the emulator just like you would any other PLC. Open Who Active and set the path to the RSLogix 5000 Emulator.
The inputs can be simulated in the emulator’s Chassis Monitor by right clicking on the module and selecting Properties. Under the I/O Data tab is the ability to toggle each of the inputs on or off.
RSLogix Emulator is sometimes erroneously called RSEmulator.