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More in depth programming information and documentation is available at DO Supply covering a wider array of Allen-Bradley FAQ


  • To access Release Notes for this version of software, choose Release Notes from the Help menu.
  • The Quick View Pane, located below the Controller Organizer, provides "thumbnail" information for the selected component.
  • The Watch Pane, located below the language editor window, provides monitoring for all tags referenced in the active routine window.
  • The Controller Organizer is dockable. That is, you can drag it to the left or right side of the screen, or float it somewhere in between.

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RSLogix 5000 Tips and Tricks

Everybody enjoys nifty little tips and tricks to get their work done faster. This listing is for Allen Bradley's RSLogix 5000 software. Feel free to add your own tips and tricks using the 'add comment' link.

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Getting Started with the Logix5000 PIDE Function Block

The PIDE (Enhanced PID) is an Allen Bradley Logix5000 family (ControlLogix, CompactLogix, FlexLogix, SoftLogix) function block that improves on the standard PID found in all their controllers.  First impressions of this function block are quite intimidating.  If you try to dive into it head first you may just end up banging your head against a wall.  Many will be quite happy to stick with the tried and true PID instruction but to compete with the more advanced process control applications the PIDE boasts the following.

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Features in RSLogix5000 Release 16

RSLogix5000 Version 16 Screen Shot


Rockwell Automation unveiled some significant additions to the Logix Control Platform at the Automation Fair event in Baltimore on Oct. 25, 2006. Further additions and improvements were detailed in a presentation on RSLogix5000 Version 16 as presented below.

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.

  1. Setting up the chassis monitor.
  2. Creating a connection in RSLinx.
  3. Creating a project with associated emulation hardware.

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Allen Bradley's PLC Programming Handbook



This handbook is a collection of programming overviews, notes, helps, cheat sheets and whatever that can help you (and me) program an Allen Bradley PLC.

If you have experience with AB then please contribute.

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An Allen Bradley SLC-500 Trainer

Here's a good example of our PLC simulators used on an Allen Bradley SLC-500 trainer.  I built this unit for a customer that does automation training.  This concept is easily adaptable so if you're interested in something like this then feel free to contact me.

An Interview with Mike Kraft

I'm a big fan of the retro-encabulator spoof so it was a great surprise to have the actor in the video, Mike Kraft, respond to my plea for more information.

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Kit - Allen Bradley SLC500 Analog Input Simulator

Kit - Allen Bradley SLC500 Analog Input Simulator

Everything you need to simulate analog inputs into an Allen Bradley SLC500 analog input module.

Price: USD $85.00

Kit - Allen Bradley SLC500 Digital Input Simulator

Kit - Allen Bradley SLC500 Digital Input Simulator

Everything you need to simulate inputs into an Allen Bradley SLC500 digital input module.

Price: USD $74.99