I'm willing to bet that a lot of these illegal copies that are for
sale won't have proper activation key disks. I just did a search for
Logix on Ebay, and there was one with 25 bids, up to $150. All he is
offering is the cd. This will get you nowhere. I could be mistaken,
but last I checked, you need an authorization code which comes on a
disk. If you want to move that liscence to another computer, you have
to run an extraction utility which puts it back on a disk.
Logix 5 is for the PLC 5 series and 5000 is for the newest ControlLogix
series. Seems like AB comes up with a new way to make money with each
new series and leaves the rest of us behind.
Sam Kaan wrote:
Yes, I've been looking for valid copies on EBay for some time. I bought
a set with a master key but the registration was not transferable.
After determining that it was illiegal, I uninstalled it.
A key to determining if the programs are legal is apparently the phase
"know what you are buying" (i.e. know that you are buying something
Would like to be able to bid on something valid.
The odds of finding something valid on Ebay is between slim and none.
Most products that come in CD form on Ebay are illegal. Actually, I
shouldn't say that. The auction I was looking at was perfectly legal.
The guy was selling a legitimate copy of RSLogix. What he wasn't
telling you was whether or not it came with a liscence. My guess is
probably not. The cd's you can get free from a distributor. The
liscence is what costs the big bucks. You can buy it for around
$1000Can. Even if you get an authorization disk you probably are not
getting the liscence. There is a utility that loads the authorization
when installing the liscence. After you have done that, the disk no
longer contains the activation. There is a seperate utility on the
disk that allows you to extract the liscence incase you want to move
it to another computer.
Try making some friends at a local distributor and see if you can
get a trial liscence. It will expire, but it will give you some time.
Also, you can change the clock on your computer so that it doesn't
If you would consider PLC5 (which is old, but newer than PLC2) you
can get 6200. 6200 is dos based software which shouldn't be too
expensive to get. PLC5's are still used a little. It will allow you to
increase your exposure to programming at least.
IIRC 6200 is not copy protected and is no longer supported by AB. The last
version is pretty good but will not program the newer versions of the PLC5.
Also, the newer I/O modules won't be recognized.
PLC5s are used A LOT in large manufacturing facilities.
I helped start up a newly built FoMoCo facility that had about 20 PLC5s and
somewhere between 50 and 100 SLCs (At least 50 SLC5/05s) just a couple
of years ago.
I was on contract, also for about 6 months at the Cleveland Aluminum Casting
CACP is an add-on to Cleveland Engine Plant #2.
The 50 SLC5/05s were in 50 flat topped "cars" that ran on a "race track" past a
of Fanuc robots that assembled two cores on each car. The cars were essentially
independant, only getting power and communication from the rails of the track.
I visit the GM plant in Oshawa a while back as part of a students tour our
school put on. Boy
are those robotic cars cool. Totally autonomous, don't run people over,
pick up parts and
deliver them to different assembly locations. wow!