Process Visualization with HMI / SCADA (PLC III)
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Process Visualization with HMI / SCADA (PLC III)

Learn HMI / SCADA hands-on by developing your own live interfaces for a running system.
4.7 (156 ratings)
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Created by Paul Lynn
Last updated 2/2017
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  • 16.5 hours on-demand video
  • 15 Articles
  • 21 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of this course, you will be able to create HMI / SCADA interfaces using various technologies allowing operators to interact with a live, running system.
  • Using the provided PLC program as the basis for our interfaces, you'll be creating fully-functional graphical interfaces to monitor the process, visualize alarms, provide control and even log periodic and on-demand data storing it into a SQL database.
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  • You will need to download a VERY LARGE archive in order to take full advantage of this course. That file is OVER 30gb! The alternative is to download a LOT of software individually and install and configure it all bit by bit. While I DO provide guidance for doing that in the course, I CANNOT provide one-on-one support.
  • All software required for this course (except for VMWare if you use a Mac) will be provided. That being said, the versions provided are unregistered, not activated and running in demo mode. Continued use of these programs requires purchase, activation and licensure, however all of it will work for a limited time (adequate to complete this course). So you won't have to pay for software to learn, but the software WILL eventually stop working at the end of the various trial periods.
  • The only software you need to worry about being able to run is VMWare. If you have a Windows PC, you can download VMWare Player for free. If you have a Mac, you will need to purchase a copy of VMWare Workstation... or use a Windows computer.
  • Familiarity with RSLogix 500, RSLinx and RSLogix 500 Emulate is required for this course.

As a PLC programmer, there are two sides of the coin that you MUST know to get the job done, and those are the PLC and the HMI.  In my first two PLC courses, you learned the ins and outs of PLC and have already created some pretty complex programs to run machines.

But if people aren't able to interact with those machines, they aren't going to be of much use!  In this course, you're going to learn about HMI and SCADA by creating graphical interfaces operators will use to monitor automated process, establish operating parameters, and even acquire and warehouse data from a running system.

There are multiple solutions on the market to accomplish these tasks, and as such, we're going to be covering several.  Wonderware (Schneider Electric / Indusoft) is perhaps the top solution in the world of process visualization.  As such, we'll be working extensively with that technology, but we won't limit ourselves to a single package.

We'll also be working hands-on with InduSoft, EasyBuilder 5000 and AdvancedHMI, and hands-off with FactoryTalk View Studio and C-More so by the end of this course, you're going to actually know and have working experience with most of what people are using in the world of automation today.

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course requires students to already know the basics of PLC programming. You should already be familiar with RSLogix 500 memory / IO addresses. As we will be developing interfaces against a running instance of a PLC program running live on RSLogix 500 Emulate, you should already be familiar with that software as well as RSLinx and RSLogix 500.
  • For those lacking the requisite knowledge to make the most of this course, my first course "PLC Programming from Scratch (PLC I) covers everything you'll need and a whole lot more.
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3 Lectures 14:20

Software and Course Notes

Contacting Your Instructor
Concepts: HMI and SCADA
6 Lectures 37:05

Panel vs PC

What is an HMI?

What is SCADA?

HMI vs SCADA (Differences)

HMI vs SCADA (Similarities)

Concepts: HMI and SCADA Quiz
4 questions
Theory of Process Visualization
3 Lectures 21:08
UI vs UX

How Much Visibility is "Enough?"

Theory of Process Visualization Quiz
4 questions
Overview of Tools and Technologies
8 Lectures 43:43
VMware and Virtual Machines

Wonderware (HMI / SCADA)

AdvancedHMI (HMI)

C-More (HMI)

EZware (HMI)


SQL Server / Studio Part 1

SQL Server / Studio Part 2

Overview of Tools and Technologies Quiz
4 questions
Drivers and Communications
3 Lectures 12:46
OPC Servers

Interface Cables

Comm Drivers

Drivers and Communications Quiz
3 questions
Our Target System
3 Lectures 38:51
P&ID and Flow Diagrams

PLC Program Structure

System Simulation
10 Lectures 57:24
The Development Environment

Creating a Project

Configuring Communications

Defining Tags

Screens and Navigation

Basic Controls

Basic Displays

Drawing Tools and Animations


FactoryTalk View Studio
10 Lectures 01:06:44
The Development Environment

Creating a Project

Configuring Communications

Defining Tags

Screens and Navigation

Basic Controls

Basic Displays

Drawing Tools and Animations


4 Lectures 33:24
The Development Environment

Configuring Communications

Basic Controls

Basic Displays
AdvancedHMI Project 1 - Primary Functionality
6 Lectures 52:00
Project Specification

How I Do It (Part 1)

How I Do It (Part 3)

Testing the Example Project (Part 1)

Testing the Example Project (Part 2)
21 More Sections
About the Instructor
Paul Lynn
4.7 Average rating
2,611 Reviews
10,346 Students
6 Courses
Mercenary PLC-tamer

My background includes industrial automation and mechanical design. By degree, I'm an MBA, however after a few years on the road full-time as a management consultant, I fell into and in love with engineering.

My PLC / HMI experience includes projects from $10k up to about $40m, primarily within the realm of chemical processing and filtration. I am competent in RSLogix 500, 5000, FactoryTalk, PanelView, Maple Systems, C-More, Productivity 3000 and Arduino.

From a mechanical perspective, I've designed most of the same systems I program. My competencies in this area include full design, 3D modeling and drafting of assembly and fabrication drawings in AutoCAD and / or Inventor. I've designed mobile systems that were built in shipping containers up to one that filled a two-story building.

Before engineering, I developed and implemented CI (Continuous Improvement) management systems in companies across America in various industries to include a military finance organization, a printing company, a mortgage bank, a candy factory (my personal favorite), a nuclear products manufacturer, a major producer of coiled aluminum and several more.

Apart from things professional, I'm heavy into RC (heli, planes, drones, buggies and rally cars) and I also dedicate time to studying and teaching the Scriptures on my own websites (vanityandlies / vanidadymentiras).