PLC Programming From Scratch (PLC I)

This course will give a person with no prior experience the basic tools necessary to create a PLC program from scratch.
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  • Lectures 96
  • Length 21 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2013 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • There is no software, hardware or experience required in order to complete this course, but practicing the techniques discussed on an emulator or live PLC are necessary steps toward eventual mastery.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course, you will be able to create a PLC program from scratch.
  • The primary and overall objective of this course is to give a novice an understanding of PLC programming, ladder logic, and the inner workings of a standard HMI (Human-Machine Interface).
  • Students will learn the difference between digital and analog signals and how to bring them into a PLC, process them, and send them back out.
  • Students will be familiarized enough with a sufficient variety of ladder logic instructions to create a complete PLC program from scratch.
  • Students will explore basic, standard controls techniques for things like HOA control, level control, pump control, and (on at least an introductory level) PID control loops.
  • Students will develop an understanding of alarm and notification programming, and the relevant considerations to safety and operator usability.
  • Students will be introduced to HMI development and given a general understanding of how an HMI program works.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is written for anybody who wants to become functional with ladder logic as quickly as possible.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
Course Intro: Curriculum / Objectives
Preview
04:39
Software and Course Notes
Article
Contacting Your Instructor
Article
Section 2: PLC Programming Overview
Section Objectives
1 page
PLC Automation
03:54
RSLogix 500 Environment
07:11
Basic Functionality of a Program (Inputs, Outputs, Conversion)
05:18
PLC Programming Overview Quiz
4 questions
Section Wrap-up
02:51
Section 3: IO (Inputs and Outputs)
Section Objectives
1 page
IO Overview
02:05
Digital IO
02:38
Analog IO
01:49
IO Modules
02:34
IO (Inputs and Outputs) Quiz
4 questions
Section Wrap-up
01:42
Section 4: Programming Fundamentals
Section Objectives
1 page
Data Management
07:20
Rungs and Branches
04:43
Conditions and Outputs (Left to Right)
09:03
XIO, XIC, OTE
12:06
OTL, OTU
09:18
ONS, OSR, OSF
12:53
TON, TOF, RTO
14:19
CTU, RES
05:23
Comparators
08:37
Mathematical Operators, CPT
04:07
SCP
05:04
MOV
04:38
JMP, LBL
04:29
PID (Proportional Integral Derivative) Control Loops
09:15
Programming Fundamentals Quiz
10 questions
Section Wrap-up
03:29
Section 5: Program Setup
Section Objectives
1 page
Setup Program / Processor
05:32
Module Configurations
10:23
Scaling / Resolution
08:32
Function Files
06:15
Program Files
05:13
Program Setup Quiz
7 questions
Section Wrap-up
01:54
Section 6: IO Programming
Section Objectives
1 page
Programming Digital IO
17:47
Programming Analog IO
18:15
Analog Process Control (LL, L, H, HH)
06:53
IO Programming Quiz
5 questions
Section Wrap-up
02:20
Section 7: Process Logic
Section Objectives
1 page
Process Programming Overview
04:22
Blower HOA (Hand / Off / Auto) Control
21:11
Digital Tank / Pump Control
Preview
21:43
Analog Tank / Pump Control
07:39
PID Heater Control
31:09
Process Logic Quiz
4 questions
Section Wrap-up
02:14
Section 8: Alarms and Notifications
Section Objectives
1 page
Alarms Overview
02:00
Considerations
05:39
Dual-bit Alarm / Notification Programming
42:36
Setpoints
07:32
Alarms and Notifications Quiz
7 questions
Section Wrap-up
03:15
Section 9: HMI (Human Machine Interface)
Section Objectives
1 page
HMI Overview
03:40
HMI Alternatives
03:24
Basic Flow of an HMI Program
22:32
Setting Up a Screen
18:10
Alarms / Events / Notifications
04:41
Permissions
08:43
HMI (Human Machine Interface) Quiz
6 questions
Section Wrap-up
04:29
Section 10: Communications
Section Objectives
1 page
Communications Overview
12:39
Communications Quiz
3 questions
Section Wrap-up
02:46
Section 11: Program Walkthru (Line by Line)
Section Objectives
1 page
Overview
02:28
Main
10:00
D Input
04:25
D Output
02:03
A Input
07:47
A Output
05:14
Controls
19:59
Alarms
16:54
Display
02:14
30 pages

This is a printed report of the demo program used in Section 11 of this course. It contains the full content of the logic for further study or reference, including extensive comments throughout to explain the program. This report is generated upon request by the RSLogix 500 software.

Section Wrap-up
03:14
Section 12: Shakedown / Debugging
Section Objectives
1 page

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Instructor Biography

Paul Lynn, Independent Consultant

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).

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