RsLogix 500 - Getting familiar with your trainer

Before powering up your trainer, you should take a few minutes to become familiar with the components on it.

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1. Push Button - Four push buttons.  A green, yellow, and blue momentary push button and a red maintained mushroom button (note image does not show mushroom button).  Each button has two normally open (NO) contacts and two normally closed (NC) contacts.  The normally open contacts are color coded green and the normally closed contacts are color coded red on the back of the trainer. 

2. Selector Switches 2 Position and 3 Position - Two 2 position selector switches, Switches 1 and 2, and two 3 position selector switches, Switches 3 and 4.  The 2 position selector switches have a normally open contact that closes when you turn the switch to the right (clockwise).  The 3 position selector switches have a normally open contact and a normally closed contact for both the left and right position of the selector switch.

3. Lights - Four lights colored green, yellow, red, and blue.

4. Analog Potentiometer and Gauge - 10K potentiometer and a 0-5VDC analog gauge.  The analog gauge has been fitted with a 250 Ohm resistor allowing it to be used for both voltage and current signals.  See analog lessons for details.

5. Red Mushroom Button - This button is used to teach some of the safety lessons.  This is NOT considered an Emergency Stop for this trainer.

6. Incoming power terminals - Hazardous Voltage!  The trainer is powered by 120VAC connected to the terminal blocks to the top left of the drive.  

7.  24VDC Power Supply - Comes with a 24VDC switching power supply.  The trainer is designed for all switches, lights, and relay/contactor to be powered by 24VDC making it much safer than 120VAC trainers.

8. Contactor Relay - One contactor/relay which is an open style so you can see how it works.  It is a double pole double throw which means it has two sets of contacts with both normally open and normally closed positions.

9. AC Drive - AC inverter drive which takes 120VAC in and creates 240VAC 3 phase out so this trainer can be used to learn about 3 phase power yet plugs into a standard wall outlet.

10. 3 Phase Motor/Fan - 3 phase fan along with the item 7 AC drive allows for 3 phase principles to be taught when only 120VAC wall outlet power is available.

11.  120VAC Wall Power - Your trainer has been designed to plug into a standard 120VAC 15 amp household outlet.

12. Selector Switches 3 Position - Two 3 position selector switches, Switches 3 and 4.  The 3 position selector switches have a normally open contact and a normally closed contact for both the left and right position of the selector switch.

13. Selector Switches 2 Position - Two 2 position selector switches, Switches 1 and 2.  The 2 position selector switches have a normally open contact that closes when you turn the switch to the right (clockwise).

14. Push Button - Four push buttons.  A green, yellow, and blue momentary push button and a red maintained mushroom button (note image does not show mushroom button).  Each button has two normally open (NO) contacts and two normally closed (NC) contacts.  The normally open contacts are color coded green and the normally closed contacts are color coded red on the back of the trainer.

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15. Red Mushroom Button - This button is used to teach some of the safety lessons but is not considered an Emergency Stop for this trainer.

16. Analog Potentiometer and Gauge - 10K potentiometer and a 4-20mA analog gauge.

17. Lights - Four lights colored green, yellow, red, and blue.

18. Terminal blocks - To make your trainer more realistic, we have included terminal blocks for connecting to the 24VDC power supply.  The group of 4 to the left is +24VDC and the group of 4 to the right is 0VDC.

19. Optional PLC - We have several optional PLCs or you may add your own.  There are lessons later on wiring other components to your PLC and programming it.  Lessons are written for Allen Bradley but can easily be followed for use with other PLCs such as Automation Direct, Mitsubishi, Omron, Siemens, etc.

Conclusion

You should now be familiar with the basic components of your trainer.  In the next lesson, you will be downloading and installing RsLogix 500 and RsLinx.

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