PLC Basics: Ladder Logic

Learn how to read and understand the function of ladder logic
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  • Lectures 18
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

This course in Ladder Logic Basics covers, Boolean operators, data types and set points, timers and counters. There are screen shots, videos, quizzes and slide shows of ladder diagrams along the way that help you learn through practice, more than through reading. It's fun, practical and at times almost feels like a puzzle that you just have to solve!

If you are interested in PLC programming as a career or if you simply want to know more about the machine that you work with everyday this is the course for you.

The course will take about 2 hours to complete and after that you will be more than capable in the language we call ladder logic.

You should take this course if:

- you want to further you career as an engineer

- you want to further you career as an electrician

- you want to understand the PLC's that you wire at work

- you want to stay up to date with modern technology.

PLC's are used in just about everything electrical these days, including things like traffic lights, home automation systems, water distribution (for your whole city), power generation (for your whole country) and smaller things like temperature and humidity control in Macadamia Curing factories.

Get with the times and get in the loop with ladder logics.

What are the requirements?

  • Students will need a basic understanding of relay logic.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Read Ladder Logic and understand basic functions
  • Fault find programs written in ladder logic
  • Spot incorrect use of ladder logic operators
  • Differentiate between different data types in PLC's

Who is the target audience?

  • Technicians, Electricians, Students that want to learn how to read ladder logic as used in PLC's

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Boolean Operators
Basic Boolean Operators
4 pages
Basic Boolean Video Walkthrough
Boolean Examples: Basic Boolean operators
14 questions
Advanced Boolean Operators
3 pages

In this video I push the start button for a few seconds and the start coil energizes as soon as I push the button.

I then push the stop button and the coil only resets when I release the button.

Section 2: Data Types
DINT, INT, Boolean and Real Values
5 pages
DINT, INT, Boolean and Real Values
5 questions
Section 3: Set Points and Limits
Set Points and Limits
6 pages
Set and Limits Video Walkthrough
Set Points and Limits
20 questions
Section 4: Timers and Counters
3 pages
Timer Video Walkthrough
Delay OFF Example Video
8 questions
4 pages
Counter Video Walkthrough
8 questions
Section 5: Test your knowledge at a new level
Examples of Programs
Sequence Start Program Example
Interlocking Program Example (Basic)
Interlocking Program Example (Intermediate)
Counters Example
Lets test your Ladder Logic Lingo
15 questions
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Instructor Biography

Armin van der Walt, PLC Programmer

I'm a PLC programmer who has worked on Multi Million Dollar projects in South Africa, Mozambique, and Swaziland. The projects range from water distribution, waste water, macadamia curing, irrigation systems, 20MW Turbines and the like. I absolutely love sharing what I know and I thrive on seeing others prosper through any knowledge and encouragement I can provide.

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