Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers

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Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers covers the basic operation and hardware of a programmable logic controller (PLC). The course starts with an overview of factory automation, identifies the major parts of a PLC, and then gives an overview of factory communications. Topics covered include basic ladder logic programming, the operation of PLC scan, and the operation of timer and counter blocks. Case studies are demonstrated on an actual PLC. The course also illustrates the basics of a sequential process and covers the addressing of inputs and outputs, the structure of the PLC internal memory, and wiring to the input and output modules. This course is intended for engineering or technical personnel or anyone who want to learn the basics of Allen-Bradley programmable logic controllers (PLCs), primarily the ControlLogix.

Learners who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate of completion for 5.0 professional development hours.

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Dr. Kelvin T. Erickson, is the chairman and professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Missouri S&T.  He has 25 years of experience with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and Distributed Control Systems (DCS).

He was a software design engineer at Fisher Controls for six years, prior to joining the faculty of S&T in 1986. At S&T, his area of expertise has been manufacturing and process control. For the past 20 years, he has taught regular college courses and short courses on programming for Rockwell Automation, Modicon, Siemens, and GE PLCs. In 1997, he went on sabbatical leave to Magnum Technologies (now Maverick Technologies), where he worked on various PLC projects.

Dr. Erickson is an expert in SCADA systems technology and various human-machine interface software packages. In addition, he authored Programmable Logic Controllers: An Emphasis on Design and Application (Dogwood Valley Press, 2005) and co-authored Plantwide Process Control (Wiley, 1999).

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