What's the cheapest hardware/sw como to get started in PLC programming with ladder logic? Cubloc?

We use several AB SLC500's at work, many sit in a box, unused. I've been wanting to get in to robotics and microcontroller programming in a way that would benefit me at work. I want to bridge the gap between my Industrial Engineering career and my programming/electronics interests. This isn't really in my job description so I have to learn and experiment on my own time. Spending thousands of dollars to get RSLogix and a SLC500 isn't feasible. I've looked at Basic Stamps, but that's nothing I could implement at work. Same with Oopics, ATOM, Rabbit, etc. Even bare bones mircrocontrollers like the PIC, AVR, and Z8 Encore look to me like something our Maintenance guys would scoff at as a toy. My biggest problem is that beginners' MC's BASIC and C program implementations don't help me with AB's Ladder Logic. Is the Cubloc system a good way for a newbie with intermediate programming and electronics skills to get started?

Asked By: Dan M - 2/25/2007
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At some level ladder logic is common to all PLC's. There are some differences between brands at the IDE (Integrated Development Environment ) Level i.e the programming software... More
Answered By: Mark G - 2/25/2007
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