Introduction to PLCs/PACs using ControlLogix
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Introduction to PLCs


A programmable logic controller is a specialized computer used to control machines and processes.  It therefore shares common terms with typical PCs like central processing unit, memory, software and communications.  Unlike a personal computer though the PLC is designed to survive in a rugged industrial atmosphere and to be very flexible in how it interfaces with inputs and outputs to the real world.

The components that make a PLC work can be divided into three core areas.

  • The power supply and rack
  • The central processing unit (CPU)
  • The input/output (I/O) section

PLCs come in many shapes and sizes.  They can be so small as to fit in your shirt pocket while more involved controls systems require large PLC racks.  Smaller PLCs (a.k.a. “bricks”) are typically designed with fixed I/O points. For our consideration, we’ll look at the more modular rack based systems.  It’s called “modular” because the rack can accept many different types of I/O modules that simply slide into the rack and plug in.


Introduction to PLC’s Overview

  • Blended On-Line and On-site approximately 60 total hrs.

  • Successful Completers of the course  will earn a Rockwell Allen-Bradley national industry recognized certificate from GLAMC.


Course Content

Exercise: Installing Micro850 Controllers™, Plug-In and Expansion I/O Modules, and Power Supplies

  • 1-1 Exercise:Wiring Micro850™
  • Controllers and Power Supplies 2-1 Exercise: Installing and Wiring Input and Output Devices toMicro850™
  • Controllers 3-1 Exercise: Establishing EtherNet/IP™ Communications and Validating Micro850™
  • Controller Firmware 4-1 Exercise: Creating a New Connected Components Workbench™
  • Project 5-1 Exercise: Configuring Plug-In and Expansion I/O Modules for Micro850™ Controllers 6-1 Exercise: Organizing Functional Specifications for Micro850™
  • Controllers 7-1 Exercise: Programming Micro850™
  • Controllers Using Basic Ladder Diagrams 8-1 Exercise: Programming Micro850™
  • Controllers Using Ladder Diagrams with Boolean Instructions 9-1 Exercise: Programming Micro850™
  • Controllers Using Ladder Diagrams with Data Conversion, Arithmetic, and Comparator Instructions 10-1 Exercise: Programming Micro850™
  • Controllers Using Ladder Diagrams with Counter and Timer Instructions 11-1 Exercise: Programming Micro850™
  • Controllers Using Function Block Diagrams 12-1 Exercise: Programming Micro850™
  • Controllers Using Structured Text 13-1 Exercise: Isolating the Problem When Troubleshooting with Micro850™
  • Controllers 14-1 Exercise: Troubleshooting Inputs and Outputs of Micro850™

Controllers 15-1 Exercise: Troubleshooting Micro850™

Controllers and Power Supplies 16-1 Connected Components Workbench™ Software Procedures A-1 Micro850™Workstation Parts Guide

Attendance Policy

In the pursuit of academic achievement it is important for all students to be focused, engaged, and well behaved at all times:

Regular attendance is necessary for successful completion of this course.  Learners must attend all classes. Excessive absenteeism will have a detrimental effect on the student’s class completion. Please contact the instructor as soon as possible when you must miss a class. The same criteria an employer uses to evaluate absences will be used here, including dismissal from the class.

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