PLCLogix is a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) simulator that replicates the operation of a Logix 5000 PLC. It is an ideal tool for learning the fundamentals of ladder logic programming with tag-based addressing. PLCLogix will allow you to practice and develop your programming skills, and provides the ability to write, edit and debug ladder logic programs based on RSLogix 5000 PLC software. Unlike other PLCs, the Logix 5000 uses tags, which are a far more powerful method of programming PLCs but also more complex. PLCLogix provides a method of learning and understanding the operation of a sophisticated tag-based PLC system by using simulation to demonstrate the operation of ladder logic programs.
PLCLogix has import/export capabilities that allow you to import program files from other PLCs and simulators such as RSLogix 500, RSLogix 5000 and LogixPro. This allows for a seamless transition from older PLC systems, such as RSLogix 500 and SLC 500 to the industry standard Logix 5000 platform. Educators will find this feature particularly helpful since they can easily transfer their existing ladder logic programs into PLCLogix programs without having to spend countless hours creating new programs.
One of the main advantages of using PLCLogix is that it provides much-needed “hands on” experience in the operation of RSLogix and ControlLogix software and hardware. The Graphic User Interface (GUI) for PLCLogix has the same features and functionality as RSLogix 5000. PLCLogix allows you to write a program, see the program’s operation using a ladder logic simulator, and control the operation of the program from within this interactive environment.
In order to properly understand the operation of a PLC as complex and powerful as the Logix 5000, it is necessary to spend considerable time programming, testing, and de-bugging ladder logic programs. PLC systems are inherently expensive, and down-time is often very costly. In addition, if a PLC is programmed incorrectly it can result in lost productivity and dangerous conditions. Anyone who currently works with PLCs or who has a desire to learn how PLCs operate needs access to PLC simulation. It is essential in the understanding and learning of PLCs and to keep this knowledge refreshed and up to date. Programming and operating PLCs is a “hands on” experience and having lots of time to use the PLC is by far the best way to learn it.