Install a Connected Components Workbench to program an Allen-Bradley PLC
In this guide, you'll install Rockwell Automation's Connected Components Workbench, which facilitates programming of an Allen-Bradley PLC.
You'll learn how to
Create a Rockwell Automation Account
Download software from Rockwell Automation's website
Install Connected Components Workbench
NOTE: The estimated time to complete this guide is 60 minutes
Step 1: Learning Path Overview
Welcome to the Rockwell Automation Learning Path!
This first guide explains the steps to get up and running with Rockwell's Connected Components Workbench, a software program to facilitate connecting to and configuring Programmable Logic Controllers, i.e. PLCs.
PLCs are commonly used in factories and other automation scenarios to control minor aspects, such as turnning particular devices on or off based on a particular situation.
Note that you don't necessarily have to run through this guide as part of the Learning Path. If you simply want to learn how to install Connected Components Workbench, this guide can still be useful to you.
But assuming you are using this guide as part of the Rockwell Automation Learning Path, then the first elements will be to install your software, i.e.:
Connected Components Workbench
ThingWorx Kepware Server
ThingWorx Foundation (for Windows)
You'll then connect an Allen-Bradley PLC to Connected Components Workbench and then to ThingWorx Kepware Server.
Next, we'll propogate that information further from ThingWorx Kepware Server into Foundation.
Finally, we'll use Foundation's Mashup Builder to construct a GUI which can both receive and send information to the PLC.
We hope you enjoy this Learning Path.
Step 2: Signup
To access Rockwell Automation software, you first have to create an account on the Rockwell Automation website.