This course is designed to equip the novice with no prior PLC programming experience with the basic tools necessary to create a complete PLC program using ladder logic common to most current platforms.
Using the Rockwell software RSLogix 500 and FactoryTalk View Studio, we will be covering such topics as general controls, digital and analog IO, ladder logic programming, alarm / notification handling, HMI, emulation, best practices and more.
In the end, we will go through an entire, working PLC program and HMI line by line to solidify comprehension of the learning objectives.
Why Are There Four PLC Courses?
PLC I teaches you how to program with the focus on ladder logic, which is the most popular PLC programming language. The goal is to teach you everything you need to know to make a PLC do what you want it to do. You are also given all the software necessary to both CREATE and RUN your own programs live – right on your own computer.
PLC II forces you to take what you’ve learned and solve problem after progressively harder problem unassisted. You get a spec and are told simply: “Make it work, and don’t progress until you have.” After, you get to watch me solve each one as well. By the end, you don’t just know how to program – you are a PROGRAMMER.
PLC III gives you both knowledge and experience in FIVE different HMI / SCADA development environments. By the end, you’ve created several COMPLETE visualization (screen) projects that you can actually run on your own computer (and SHOW PEOPLE in an interview) with no additional hardware.
PLC IV is only for the heavyweights. This course teaches you how to program using all five IEC programming languages (plus one more) in multiple environments. There are projects as well, so by the end, you have seen it all and DONE it all as well. There won’t be anything anybody can show you that you won’t already be familiar with.
- This course is written for anybody who wants to become functional with ladder logic as quickly as possible.
On completion of the course, participants will be able to
- understand the safety issues involved with PLCs and appreciate the need for safe working practices
- understand how PLCs are incorporated into modern industrial control systems, and the typical applications they are put to
- understand the logic functions performed by basic PLC instructions
- understand the methods of addressing inputs and outputs of PLCs
- understand the various methods of transmitting signals to and from PLCs
- identify the range of I/O modules available
- understand the use of battery back-up and ROM
- recognise ladder diagrams, statement lists and control system flowcharts
- use personal computers to interrogate PLCs
- monitor I/O lines to determine correct operation
- modify timers and counters
- safely use I/O forces as an aid to fault finding
- carry out fault finding on PLC-controlled systems
- back-up programs and restore them back to PLCs.