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All of my books have been developed with a focus on intuitive and logical learning.   I try to present concepts that build upon earlier learned topics, examples, and illustrations.  Whatever your current skill-level, these books provide a valuable bridge to gaining proficiency in the rewarding field of industrial automation.

Studio 5000 Logix Designer:  A Learning Guide for ControlLogix Basics

This book is a revision of my earlier book on RS Logix 5000 programming and concepts.  Additional areas covered include the creation and use of Add-On Instructions, User-Defined Data Types, the inclusion of Hands-On Exercises or labs, and improved illustrations and programming examples.  Once again,  I believe this book is important to anyone wanting  to achieve proficiency and mastery of the essential skills used in building and troubleshooting ControlLogix projects.

Among the many topics discussed and illustrated are:

  • Understanding Project Organization & Structure
  • Project Development
  • Tasks, Programs and Routines
  • Configure of Modules
  • Configuring RTS and RPI settings
  • Understanding and performing Firmware revisions
  • Understanding "Scope" as it applies to tag-based addressing
  • Tag types, Data types, and User-defined data types
  • How and when to create "Alias" tags
  • Creating and Using "Producer" and "Consumer" tags
  • How to configure controllers to be a producer or consumer
  • Buffering or mapping I/O signals
  • Using Parameters to buffer I/O
  • Creating Add-On Instructions, the AOI
  • Creating and using arrays
  • Fault-finding & Recovery
  • User-Defined Fault Routines

This book contains numerous examples of using Studio 5000 instructions related to the different topics.  This book has been written specifically to help those who are already somewhat familiar with legacy PLC logic programming, but are wanting to gain a greater level of proficiency in using Studio 5000 and the ControlLogix platform as well.

Reviews:

Studio 5000 Logix Designer:  A Learning Guide for ControlLogix Basics

An excellent book presenting the fundamentals of the ControlLogix PLC platform.  Whether you are an entry level engineer or have past PLC-5 or SLC 500 experience, this book does a great job presenting the features of the Logix 5000 family.  Numerous programming software screen shots found throughout the book serve to enhance the written text.  This is a must read for a technician or engineer working with Logix 5000 PLC's."

Rich Raso
Control Technology International