Practical Guides for the Industrial Technician!

"As an electrician tech, I've found Mr. Anderson's insight very helpful.  Its a tremendous asset to find someone who has had years of actual work experience and for that person to take the time to share those experiences.  I currently own three of his books;  VFD Troubleshooting, RSLogix 500 and the RS Logix 5000, and appreciate his ability to make difficult and complex subjects understandable and applicable.  I've found these to be great reference tools, that I keep with me on the job."

Dorne Soto
Electrical Journeyman / CCST


Motion Control for CNC & Robotics:

First book in the Practical Guide series.  New to troubleshooting CNC control systems?  If so, this book is a great place to gain insight into different devices and methods used to control complex motion and positioning systems.  Motion Control for CNC & Robotics discusses CNC and robotic control technology; and how these systems perform with precision and repeatability.  Focus is placed upon the building blocks of motion control and positioning, with the goal of helping build the skills needed for troubleshooting CNC controls.


Variable Frequency Drives

Variable Frequency Drives  has been one of my most popular books.  It presents topics that detail the purpose and functions of  Pulse Width Modulated (PWM) drives; how to correctly configure necessary parameters, what those parameters do; and finally, how to effectively troubleshoot and use fault code diagnostics.  As an aid for troubleshooting purposes, diagrams are used which illustrate, in easy to understand language, the different sections and components of a typical VFD.


Industrial Network Basics

This practical guide focuses on networks and protocols commonly seen in modern automation applications and process control systems.  Emphasis is given to unique characteristics of many popular Fieldbus protocols; and the integration of complementary high speed networks such as FF-HSE, EtherNet/IP and PROFINET.  Other topics covered include the use of “smart” I/O blocks, PLC technology, SCADA systems and a wide array of other “intelligent” field devices used in modern DCS environments.


PLC Programming Series for SLC 500, MicroLogix, and ControlLogix controllers.


"The materials produced by Gary Anderson that concentrate on the Allen-Bradley SLC 500 series of PLC equipment are of great value in my estimation.  The three books that I have, the first of this series, are cost effective and concise.  I believe that if used to instruct a class of industrial electrical maintenance people, they will provide a good platform from which to teach.  My plan for the work I do is to incorporate these texts into a week-long, 40-hour boot camp style of PLC training class.  This will take any novice from beginner to solid technician and will enhance the more competent tech.  I look forward to other materials that will be available from Mr. Anderson in the coming months and years.   I would advise anyone seeking affordable PLC teaching materials to give these books a hard look".

Kenneth R. Ludington
Director Of Electrical Training
FusionTPM, Greensboro, North Carolina

PLC Programming Using RSLogix 500:  Basic Concepts

Focuses on many practical aspects of machine logic programming.  Based on Allen Bradley’s SLC 500 family of PLC’s, the author takes you through the basic concepts and instructions used in ladder logic programming.  The goal of this book is to provide a practical resource for those new to PLC technology and ladder logic programming; and to help you learn the necessary skills for writing your own PLC programs.


RSLogix 500 – Advanced Programming Concepts

Advanced Programming Concepts builds on instructional elements covered in book one, and  also illustrates the use of more advanced techniques and instructions typically used in ladder programming.  This 2nd book of the series is meant to build upon basic concepts covered by book one and goes into more detail about latching outputs, retentive timers, and analog scaling for input and output values.


RSLogix 500 - Diagnostics & Troubleshooting

This third installment of the series, serves as an instructional guide for developing a practical and more comprehensive knowledge of PLC ladder logic programming, and methods of diagnosing and isolating problems when they occur.  Discussion and examples are given on using the status file, fault codes, data monitoring, and writing fault routines for efficient recovery when a fault occurs.


PID Programming Using RSLogix 500

This book teaches you how to program and use the PID instruction in your ladder logic programming.  Special focus is given to configuring the parameters for this useful instruction; as well as analog scaling, and the procedures used in tuning the control loop of an application process.


Program Flow:

This guide is a valuable resource and reference for the concepts and instructions that control how  program routines are executed.  Topics included are:  Using the Jump To (JMP) and Label (LBL) instructions, the Jump to Subroutine (JSR), Subroutine (SBR) and Return (RET) instructions, the Master Control Reset (MCR) instruction, and the Temporary End (TND) and Suspend (SUS) instructions for debugging programs.  Other important topics illustrate the use of program interrupts, immediate updates, and good programming techniques.


RSLogix 5000 – Understanding ControlLogix Basics:

My latest book highlights essential techniques and practices for effectively using RSLogix 5000 development software and the ControlLogix controller platform.  It is meant specifically to help those who are familiar with basic PLC logic and control development, but are transitioning to Allen Bradley’s more powerful PAC control systems.  It addresses many key elements of programming and configuration that must be understood to gain proficiency in building ControlLogix based projects.