Allen-Bradley SLC 500 Level 1

Software Used: RSLogix 500

Course Description

Participants attending this workshop will learn how to set up communication with the processor, go online with the project, and locate an output that will not energize such as a solenoid or relay. Your plant programs can be used as real world examples for practice, then load simulation programs into the workstations. Participants will learn how to trace an output through the program to determine the root cause of a problem, and find out why the PLC is not calling for the output to energize. During the process, participants will learn about instructions in the PLC, and other troubleshooting tools that are available to minimize downtime.

Topical Outline

  • SLC hardware
  • Communication protocols
  • Addressing
  • Utilizing data tables
  • Program file structure
  • Program documentation
  • Navigating through a project
  • Utilize available troubleshooting tools (available in RSLogix)
  • Troubleshooting practices
  • Forcing I/O
  • Comparing projects


Participants must be comfortable operating in Microsoft Windows environment.

Course Length

32 hours


Persons completing this course will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to set up communications between the SLC 500 and the computer
  • Demonstrate the ability to edit ladder logic using the appropriate software
  • Identify and repair system faults
  • Create and use data tables
  • Demonstrate correct file structure techniques
  • Correctly perform backup and restore procedures.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use search routines to locate items within a project
  • Demonstrate an ability to use software troubleshooting tools.