Industrial Automation Specialists


Allen Bradley PLC-5 Course Outline - (2 Day Training Course)


This course introduces students to the fundamental aspects of an PLC-5 system. Participants will be presented with an overview of the hardware and how each hardware component fits into the automation environment.  Basic Electrical theory, such as the connection of Valves, Limit switches and analog I/O will be covered to explain HOW the PLC-5 is able to control field devices.  Remote I/O devices will also be explored.

The course will then introduce the RSLogix5 programming software.  The fundamentals of Ladder Logic programming will be explained including: Addressing, I/O Configuration, Creating, Editing and Documenting programs from within the RSLogix5 software.  Many of the core Ladder Logic instructions are covered including timers, counters and compare instructions. By the end of this lesson the student should feel comfortable editing Ladder Logic.  Participants are encouraged to bring PLC programs from their own facilities for review in this section.

Participants will then learn the RSLinx communications software and how to use it to go “On-Line” with a PLC-5 processor.  The students will configure RSLinx to establish connections to various PLC-5 processors using the Serial, Data Highway Plus (DH+) and Ethernet communication drivers.  Students will become proficient at going “On-Line” and Uploading / Downloading programs.
The final course topic is troubleshooting PLC-5 systems.  Participants will be shown common techniques and methods for isolating, identifying and fixing problems in a PLC system.  The instructors will convey the structured methodology learned from 15+ years of troubleshooting PLC systems.


  1. PLC-5 Hardware Overview
  2. Basic Electric Theory and the PLC-5
  3. RSLogix 5 Software
    1. Ladder Logic Programming Fundamentals.
    2. Addressing.
    3. I/O Configuration.
    4. Creating and Editing Logic programs.
    5. Core Ladder Logic Instructions.
  4. RSlinx Communications software.
    1. Establish communications to Processor.
    2. Uploading and Downloading.
  5. Troubleshooting PLC-5 systems.

All courses are “Hands-On” with actual hardware.  In addition each student will receive a Course Handbook and Instructional CD to take home with them.

If you would like to know more about our training programs please contact us at (1-909-595-3800)