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    I want to learn A-B PLC's, which model should I get?


    This is a common question I get here on the blog and from my students at TheAutomationSchool.com.
    And while Rockwell has released many different platforms since 1970, there's one current gen and one last gen I usually recommend.

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    Hi Shawn,
    Not sure where to post or ask about this but I have a "program" written by a PLC company that I would like to run/test out on my local pc without being connected to the controller. It's for a Compactlogix 1769-L33ER controller on a skid 1000 miles away from me. Is there a way to do this? I'm not a PLC guy so don't know all the details needed, but in general would like to be able to "view" and go through the menus as if I was standing next to the machine. Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffR View Post
    Hi Shawn,
    Not sure where to post or ask about this but I have a "program" written by a PLC company that I would like to run/test out on my local pc without being connected to the controller. It's for a Compactlogix 1769-L33ER controller on a skid 1000 miles away from me. Is there a way to do this? I'm not a PLC guy so don't know all the details needed, but in general would like to be able to "view" and go through the menus as if I was standing next to the machine. Thanks in advance.
    Good morning JeffR,

    To view a CompactLogix program (online or offline) you will need a copy of Studio 5000 (v21+) or RSLogix 5000 (v1-20) (today you buy Studio 5000 and also get RSLogix 5000)

    To run or test a CompactLogix program you will either need a physical CompactLogix (your local rep may be able to loan you one for a two week period) or you'll need to purchase a copy of Emulate 5000 (which is not inexpensive and you may need some help from your local rep to get it running:

    https://www.rockwellautomation.com/r...x-emulate.page

    PS - Always check the software minimum requirements as some packages won't run on Windows "Home" operating systems,

    Hope this helps,

    Shawn Tierney,
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    Thanks Shawn! Appreciate the reply. I'll contact our local AB rep.

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    You're welcome JeffR!

    If you go with a hardware and/or software solution, as them if they have any "Starter Packs" - they a priced lower than buying the individual hardware & software.

    Best of luck,

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