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PLC Programing Beginner
Looking for advice on the purchase of a training kit to learn PLC programming at home

hi all,

I am a PLC beginner trying to learn how to program on my own at home. I am about to purchase a training kit online and just needed some advise on which one to purchase; i have narrowed down to 2 different plc's and i will list what comes with each and hopefully you guys can advice me;

https://www.plccable.com/allen-bradley-plc-training-micrologix-1100-trainer-ethernet-rslogix/

https://www.plccable.com/allen-bradley-micro820-analog-ccw-plc-trainer-micro800-training-kit/

By Luca Gallina on 15 March, 2019 - 11:56 am

if wirings are not essential for your training, be aware that some PLC programming environments provide an integrated software simulator (virtual plc).

For example you may check the free version of Schneider Somachine Basic (supports ladder language only)

Quick link: https://www.schneider-electric.com/en/download/document/SoMachineBasicV1.6SP2/

Just my humble opinion- an IEC61131 codesys based environment is valuable for learning, since it exposes you to multiple languages and applies to multiple manufacturers. It's less proprietary. Mfg's supporting this include Schneider, Wago, Festo to name just a few. I am sure you could find some hardware on Ebay or buy a intro kit which would include software.

By James Ingraham on 18 March, 2019 - 5:23 pm

I believe the MicroLogix 1100 line is effectively dead. Everything has moved to the Micro800 series. I wouldn't invest in anything related to the MicroLogix line. Stick to the Micro800.

-James Ingraham
Sage Automation, Inc.