Detailed specifications for course S1540

Level 1 and 2 Skills for the SLC-500 Using RSLogix500 – Discrete and Analog Signals

This five-day, hands-on technical workshop for plant maintenance personnel is designed to:

  • cover the basic hardware associated with the SLC-500 family of Allen-Bradley programmable logic controllers
  • cover the principle features of the RSLogix500 software used to program and monitor the operation of the SLC-500
  • cover the basic techniques required to work with both discrete and analog signals associated with SLC-500 control systems

The following topics will be presented through hands-on exercises and demonstrations:

  • Basic hardware of the SLC-500 system
  • Navigating the principal features of the RSLogix500 software package
  • Fundamentals of the SLC-500 ladder logic instruction set
  • Accessing online help for RSLogix500
  • Online and offline editing skills
  • Configuring and addressing I/O hardware
  • I/O wiring and basic troubleshooting
  • Monitoring the SLC data tables
  • Emergency Cut-Off systems; wiring for fail-safe operation
  • Using I/O forces; techniques and safety issues
  • Accessing and resetting fault codes
  • Using the RSLogix500 ladder and database search features
  • Entry-level programming skills; linear sequencing
  • Safety issues when using latches vs. “seal-around” programming techniques
  • Using indirect and indexed addressing
  • Subroutines, Jumps, etc. and their effects on the program scan
  • Documenting the SLC program with address comments and rung comm
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  • Downloading and uploading SLC programs
  • Configuring analog I/O modules such as 1746-NI4, 1746-NO4I, etc.
  • Wiring and processing analog inputs and outputs such as 4-20mA and other common instrumentation signals
  • Troubleshooting techniques using Find All, Custom Data Monitor, Histogram, Trend, Cross Reference, and Advanced Diagnostics Search features
  • Math functions required for scaling analog input and output signals
  • Using the Message instruction to communicate between SLCs on the Data Highway Plus network
  • Configuring the 1747-SN Remote I/O scanner module
  • Configuring the RSLinx software for various communication hardware

This course will be conducted as a laboratory workshop using the Problem/Solution method of instruction. There are absolutely no transparency projectors and no PowerPoint slide shows involved. Instead, all of the course material is presented through a series of hands-on exercises which each student performs on real-world equipment. By working through the same types of tasks which are commonly encountered in the field, students not only master the material more rapidly but also improve their problem-solving skills and develop the confidence required to apply their new abilities on the job. Most students, particularly those with a maintenance technician background, respond enthusiastically to the challenges of this dynamic style of instruction.

Students successfully completing this course will be awarded 4.0 Continuing Education units.

In order to provide each student with an individual workstation and with adequate instructor attention, the class size is normally limited to six students. Please note that this five-day workshop covers a large amount of material and that some students may consider the pace to be quite demanding.

It is required that each student have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Windows and also adequate mouse and keyboard skills to enable active participation in the lab exercises. Although the pace of this workshop will not accommodate students who lack these skills, we offer a separate one-day hands-on computer workshop to provide these prerequisites.