FLPW2000 Programmable Logic Controllers

This is an introduction to the world of programmable logic controllers. The student will learn the basics of how to program and set up a PLC. The student will also learn the different addressing and programming styles and be challenged to write a program for a simple machine. Various PLCs will be discussed. Persons involved with fluid power, automated machinery, electronics, machine design and modifications should consider this course.





Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Describe ladder logic.
Determine programming techniques.
Compare PLC/mechanical relays.
Describe input signals.
Describe output signals.
Describe programmable logic controller usage.
Describe scan.
Describe current flow.
Describe memory.
Describe central processing unit.
Describe addressing/numbering systems used.
Compare hardware to PLC wiring.
Compare various PLC’s.
Program clear memory instruction.
Program store/load instructions.
Program out/write instructions.
Program series circuits (and)
Program parallel circuits (or)
Program series/parallel circuits (and store or store/and load or load) circuits.
Program sealing/retentive/special logic functions.
Program timer circuits/counters circuits/high speed counter.
Program sequencer circuits/drum timers.
Program master control start/reset/interlock.
Program shift registers.
Configure PLC hardware.
Determine slot addressing.
Determine I/O point address.
Identify chassis.
Identify power supply.
Identify CPU/placement.
Identify I/O modules.
Compare PLC/computer usage.
Enter developed programs.
Test programming sequence.
Run programs.
Interpret error codes.
Edit program (insert/delete/search and replace).
Interface PLC to motor starter/control circuitry.
Wire and run various circuits.
Program D&A and A&D.
Run computer software and interface to PLC.

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

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Credit Details