MicroLogix controllers have been around since the mid-1990s and are still one of the most used micro PLCs around the world. However, as of June 2017, one of those models, the MicroLogix 1000 ceased being sold and the Micro800 family was introduced as the next generation. Technology changes all the time so is this a big deal? Well, we have heard that you may have some uncertainties and concerns because MicroLogix and Micro800 use different programming software.
Specifically, the MicroLogix uses RSLogix500 software while the Micro800 uses Connected Components Workbench (CCW) software. We understand navigating and learning a new software can sometimes be difficult and time consuming. So, I want to make sure you know about 2 new tools that could ease your concerns. The Micro conversion tool and the new feature pack have made this transition easier than ever.
Using the MicroLogix to Micro800 Conversion Tool can save on design time without having to fully learn new software. The tool converts an existing RSLogix500 program Library File (.SLC) and Database File (.EAS) into a Connected Components Workbench project file (.ccwsln). Want to see it for yourself? In the MicroLogix to Micro800 Conversion Video below I demonstrate how to save your MicroLogix project within RSLogix 500 to the correct format, Use the Conversion Tool correctly within Connected Components Workbench, and review some of the converted code to notice any changes – all within 6 minutes!
Essentially – the conversion tool converts a MicroLogix project to a Micro800 project AND it comes included with the free Micro800 CCW software.
Beyond the conversion tool, if you want to make some changes I think you’ll find the feature pack useful. The CCW V11.01 feature pack is a new set of functions that allow you to essentially hit a button and change the look of the CCW software to use instruction names and work flows that are similar to the old MicroLogix software, RSLogix500. You can also see an example of the CCW v11.01 Feature Pack in the conversion video.
A good rule of thumb is that the Conversion Tool will convert around 85-95% of your project. When the conversion is completed a log file is generated that lists any warnings and errors that may have been produced while doing the conversion and addresses how to correct them. Important notes: you should review the log file after conversion; while it will get you most of the way there, the architecture and instruction sets are different, so the converted project could have some differences. These might include: program execution flow, scan time, instruction behavior, and memory consumption.
With these two tools at your disposal, it’s even easier to make the transition from MicroLogix to Micro800. Take a moment, watch the video, and see how easy it is to convert your MicroLogix program. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or have suggestions for future content.
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