I have available an Allen Bradley CompactLogix PLC and several input/output modules (Analog and Digital). I am quite familiar with Automated Controls as I work with them on a daily basis, however, i do not have the RSlogix 500 software available to me to use the items above. I want to put together an automated system, but without the PLC software, I can't use the equipment.
Does anyone know of a company that offers compatable software for the A-B equipment that can be purchased relatively inexpensively? My panel is already assembled with the plc, power supply, modules and terminal strips for the inputs, outputs and power source. I am planning on using a laptop as my operator interface and will have it on a network that I can use to monitor the operations from different locations in my home if necessary.
A-B's software cost is prohibitive for small applications such as this and I know I can purchase a plc with software fairly cheaply to do what I want, but since I already have all of the stuff I need, I was hoping to locate a source for some type of shareware or other operator software at a modest price.
Appreciate any suggestions or comments.