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Hands-On Introduction to Industrial Controls

March 27, 2017 to March 31, 2017
Continuing Education Center
Digi-Key

Don Wilcher

Don is a passionate teacher of electronics technology and an electrical engineer with 26 years of industrial experience. He has worked on industrial robotics systems, automotive electronic modules... More

According to Marketsandmarkets report, the micro and nano Programmable Logic Controllers products will be an 8.89 billion market by 2022. The Global PLC market will grow at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 9.23 percent over the period of 2013-2018 forecasted by TechNavio’s analyst. Manufacturing plants use Programmable Logic Controllers in a variety of industry applications ranging from process control to robotics and automation systems. Non industrial applications include home security systems, traffic light controllers, and entertainment animatronics. Programmable Logic Controllers or PLCs are industrial computers that can read a multitude of input wired sensors and digital signals, process the data, and control electrical, electronic, and electromechanical loads.

In this week’s course, participants will explore the inner workings of PLCs by software setup installation, and writing Ladder Logic and Structure Text Language (STL) programs using bit instructions, timers, counter, and conditional statements to read analog sensors, digital switches, and control LEDs, solid state relays, electromechanical relays, and dc motors. Participants will use the Velocio ACE PLC in the prototyping controls hands-on lab exercises. The final class session participants will create an Arduino PLC using plclib software.

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