National Technology Transfer Industrial Training
National Technology Transfer, Inc. presents

Fundamentals of Programmable Logic Controllers and PLC Automation Systems On-Site Training

This on-site training class is also available as Public Schedule Seminar.

An Introduction to PLCs Followed by Advanced Training in PLC Troubleshooting

Course Description/Agenda

5 day Hands-on
4.0 Continuing Education Credits

The following sub-components are available:
PLC Automation Systems
Fundamentals of Programmable Logic Controllers

During this five-day course, learn how operator interfaces (OIs, or human machine interfaces–HMIs) integrate with a PLC to access information about the machine. You will discover that the HMI is a well designed real-time troubleshooting tool when properly programmed. The first two days of this course focuses on the fundamentals. You’ll spend 60% of the time in hands-on lab exercises programming the PLC, configuring and setting up screens, control devices, alarms, fault logs and much more on the HMI. Learn how the HMI can tell the operator exactly what is wrong with the machine and how oft en it has failed. You’ll leave with valuable skills for effective repairs, troubleshooting and maintenance.

If you want to focus solely on fundamentals of programmable logic controllers, you might be interested in this shorter 3-Day Hands-on Course: Fundamentals of Programmable Logic Controllers

If you want to focus solely on PLC automation systems, you might be interested in this 2-Day Hands-on Course: PLC Automation Systems.


Fundamentals of PLCs (Monday - Wednesday)

PLC Architecture

Input and Output (IO) Systems

  • IO interfaces, number per module, remote systems
  • Data transfer from module to processor
  • Analog data vs. digital data
  • Sizing system requirements

Ladder Logic vs. Relay Logic

Relay-Type Instructions

Addressing, Data Memory and Scan Time

  • IO address relation to module location
  • Internal data memory: binary and integer files
  • Register memory vs. bit-wise memory
  • IO, memory and rung scan process

Additional Instructions and Associated Bits

  • Timer and counters control bits
  • Moving data
  • Comparison instructions

Hands-on Lab Exercises

  • Motor start/stop circuits
  • Trapping random faults
  • Signaling alarms
  • Tank-level controls
  • Sequence-controlled conveyors
  • Inputting and outputting numerical data
  • Batch control processes
  • Troubleshooting communication problems

PLC Automation Systems (Thursday - Friday)

Modern Systems Overview

  • PLC architecture and communication networks
  • Operator interfaces
  • Programming, troubleshooting and diagnostic tools

Hands-on Lab Exercises: Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) and SCADA Systems

  • Create structured data tables in PLC and HMI
  • Create operator screens
  • Multi state indicators
  • Program real-time sequence: monitoring systems

IO Bus Networks Overview

  • Interface and communication options and modules
  • Wiring, power, and termination methods
  • Determining the right network for your application

Hands-on Lab Exercises: Networking/Communication

  • Configure communications, including Ethernet and serial
  • Address and configure remote IO
  • Wiring connections
  • Troubleshooting network problems
  • Interface network with HMI
  • Programming and monitoring network and IO alarms and faults

Hands-on Lab Exercises: Diagnosing Networks

  • Troubleshooting network errors
  • Cabling, connection and power faults
  • Network analysis tools

Bonus! Receive LogixPro PLC Simulation Soft ware and HMI Demo Soft ware


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National Technology Transfer, Inc.
National Technology Transfer Industrial Training

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