American Trainco Seminars
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PLC's for Non-Programmers On-Site Training

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

This course is perfect for multi-craft maintenance technicians, electricians, or other non-programmers who need a general understanding of PLC’s. This seminar converts the seemingly complex world of PLC’s into practical lessons the average maintenance person can understand. We’ve taken information from thousands of pages of manufacturers’ technical manuals, combined it with twenty years of experience and a practical real world philosophy to give you simple, clear, and concise solutions to your everyday PLC problems.

Course Description/Agenda

Course Competencies & Learning Objectives:

  • Identify PLC components
  • Read and interpret Ladder Logic
  • Understand function and purpose of basic programming instructions
  • Configure a PLC-based control system
  • Relate actual PLC instructions to “real world” applications
  • Troubleshoot and correct PLC problems by identifying and isolating most common system faults for noncompliance

Course Outline:

I. Speaking the Language of PLCs

  • A. Hardware
  • B. How PLCs Work
    • 1. Past
    • 2. Present
    • 3. Future
  • C. PLC Terminology
  • D. Parts of a PLC
    • 1. Input Interfaces
    • 2. Processor
    • 3. Output Interfaces
    • 4. Power Supplies
    • 5. Programming Terminals
  • E. System Configurations
    • 1. Local
    • 2. Remote
    • 3. Hierarchical
    • 4. Distributive
  • F. Hardware Considerations
    • 1. Field Wiring
    • 2. Master Control Relay
    • 3. Isolation Transformers
    • 4. Four Basic Types of Grounding

II. Reading PLC Ladder Logic

  • A. Organization and Function
  • B. Data Table Organization
    • 1. Numbering Systems
    • 2. Data Table Wires
    • 3. Bit, Word and File Addressing
  • C. Introduction to Programming
  • D. Common PLC Instructions
    • 1. Basic Relay
    • 2. Counters and Timers
    • 3. Data Transfer
  • E. Organization
    • 1. Subroutine Files
    • 2. Selectable Timed Interrupt (STI) Files
    • 3. Jumps and MCR Instructions
    • 4. Fault Routines
  • F. Relating the PLC to the “Real World” Applications

III. Troubleshooting Systems & Components

  • A. Safety
  • B. Forcing of Input Data Table & Output Devices
  • C. Identifying I/O Field Device Faults
  • D. Identifying I/O Module Faults
  • E. Identifying System Faults
  • F. Using the Data Monitor Screen
  • G. Using the Processor Status and I.O Status Screen

IV. Finding and Fixing the 10 Most Common PLC Problems

  • A. The Ultimate PLC Troubleshooting Flowchart
  • B. Using Troubleshooting Tools
  • C. Using Software Tools
  • D. “Real World” Case Studies

CEU value: 1.4

Length of Course Instruction: 14 hours


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