RedVector is proud to announce a new series on Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). This series includes five courses comprising 3.5 hours of mobile-ready content. These courses were written by our Industrial SME Ralph Hackle, who has nearly three decades of experience in industrial control systems, including 19 years of experience designing and implementing training programs.
Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) – Introduction and Theory of Operations
This interactive online course offers a thorough introduction into programmable logic controllers (PLCs). We will begin with an overview of the history and the role PLCs play in factory automation. We will discuss the basic principles of PLCs and core modules of an industrial control system. Functions (analog input and output), disturbed control interface, I/O’s (digital inputs and outputs), the COU, and isolation power will also be examined.
Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) – Logic Operations
This Programmable Logic Controllers course includes a comprehensive look at basic electrical circuits and includes information on converting a schematic to LAD instruction. Logic operations include any operations that manipulate Boolean values. Boolean values are either true or false and they are named after English mathematician George Boole, who invented Boolean algebra, and is widely considered the founder of computer science theory. They can also be represented as 1 and 0. Normally, 1 represents true, and 0 represents false, but it could be the other way around.
Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) – Hardware, Inputs, Outputs, Discrete/Analog
This interactive online course is designed to help you understand the hardware used in PLCs as well as how discrete and analog inputs and outputs permit the programmer to aid machinery in performing at a more efficient and stable state.
Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) – Programming a PLC System
Programming a PLC system provides the basic technical skills and knowledge necessary to work with programmable logic control systems typically found in an industrial or manufacturing environment. This programmable logic controller training is designed to equip the novice with little or no prior PLC programming experience with the basic tools necessary to create a complete PLC program using ladder logic common to most current platforms.
Upon completion, you will be able to use programmable logic controllers to solve machine and process problems. A systems approach to PLC programming training is used because the programmable logic controller is one major component of larger manufacturing systems.
Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) – Design and Installation of a PLC System
Automation in the manufacturing industry can improve production output and reduce costs. A modern, competitive workforce must be technically literate and know the ins and outs of programmable controllers. New state of the art electrical and electronic devices and equipment use PLCs to increase manufacturing flexibility, simplify processes, and improve safety. Automation also allows a better quality of life for workers while maintaining quality, efficiency, and a market for the product produced.
This online PLC training course is designed to give you the ability to size and select the controllers necessary for the job at hand. While it is uncommon for engineers to build their own controller designs, it is the engineers’ responsibility to effectively communicate their design intentions.