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Introduction to PLC for Non-electricians and Mechanical Trades
Length: 24 Hours

Course Number: PLC-A115
Maximum Participants: 10 Students

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Software Used: RSLogix programming software with PLC5 or SLC500 processor
Course Description: This course is designed for students who have never worked with or have very limited experience with a PLC or programming software. Students will get hands-on experience working with the hardware and software on industrial quality training units. This course will give the non-electrician or mechanical trades employee a complete basic understanding of the way a PLC works and how they are used in an industrial environment.
Prerequisites: A familiarity with Microsoft Windows
Course Objectives:
  • Identify electrical control components including a variety of input and output hardware
  • Identify the different parts of a PLC and specific PLC modules
  • Identify situations that justify the use of a PLC in an industrial environment
  • Specify PLC hardware for specific applications
  • Demonstrate the ability to set up communication between PLC systems and local or networked computers
  • Demonstrate an understanding of electrical symbols and terminology
  • Demonstrate the ability to write and troublshoot a simple ladder logic program
  • Demonstrate an ability to navigate through a complex ladder logic program
  • Demonstrate an understanding of common PLC software instructions
  • Outline:
  • PLC history
  • PLC hardware identification and selection
  • Memory layout (data files vs. program files)
  • Main routines and sub-routines
  • Bit level instructions
  • Timers and counters
  • Entering ladder logic programs
  • Navigating through logic programs
  • Search for addresses and descriptions
  • Using the help function
  • Troubleshooting
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