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.