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How to Download and Use RSLogix 500 for PLC Programming

RSLogix 500 is a software that allows you to design and program PLCs (programmable logic controllers) from the 1747 SLC and MicroLogix series. These PLCs are widely used in industrial automation and control applications, such as conveyor systems, packaging machines, water treatment plants, etc.

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In this article, we will show you how to download and use RSLogix 500 for PLC programming. We will also explain some of the features and benefits of this software, and how it can help you create efficient and reliable PLC programs.

What is RSLogix 500?

RSLogix 500 is a software developed by Rockwell Automation that provides a graphical user interface (GUI) for programming PLCs from the 1747 SLC and MicroLogix series. It supports various programming languages, such as ladder logic, function block diagram, structured text, and sequential function chart. It also supports online editing, monitoring, debugging, and documentation of PLC programs.

RSLogix 500 is compatible with Windows operating systems and can communicate with PLCs via serial or Ethernet connections. It can also interface with other Rockwell Automation software products, such as FactoryTalk View for HMI (human-machine interface) development, RSLinx for data collection and device management, and RSNetWorx for network configuration.

How to Download RSLogix 500?

To download RSLogix 500, you need to have a valid account on the Rockwell Automation website. You can create a free account by registering your email address and personal information. Once you have an account, you can access the Product Download and Compatibility Center (PCDC) to find the RSLogix 500 software.

On the PCDC page, you can search for RSLogix 500 by entering its product name or catalog number (9324-RSL500) in the search box. You can also filter the results by product category, version, language, etc. Once you find the RSLogix 500 software that matches your requirements, you can click on the download icon to start the download process.

You will need to accept the terms and conditions of the software license agreement before downloading the software. You will also need to provide your activation information or serial number to activate the software after installation. You can find your activation information or serial number on your invoice or confirmation email.

How to Use RSLogix 500?

To use RSLogix 500, you need to install it on your computer and connect it to your PLC. You can follow these steps to use RSLogix 500 for PLC programming:

  • Launch RSLogix 500 from your desktop or start menu.

  • Select File > New to create a new project or File > Open to open an existing project.

  • Select the type of PLC that you are using from the controller type list.

  • Select Communication > System Comms to open the RSLinx communication window.

  • Select the communication driver that matches your connection type (serial or Ethernet).

  • Browse the network tree and select your PLC device.

  • Click on OK to close the RSLinx communication window.

  • Select Communication > Download or Upload to transfer your program between your computer and your PLC.

  • Select Communication > Online or Offline to switch between online and offline modes.

  • Select View > Ladder Logic or View > Function Block Diagram or View > Structured Text or View > Sequential Function Chart to choose your programming language.

  • Use the toolbar icons or menu commands to add, edit, delete, or move instructions, blocks, variables, comments, etc.