Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) Study Mode: Part-time | Course Level:
The automation of machines, process control and conveyor lines has resulted in the ever-increasing consistency of quality, speed and cost savings within complex processes. Consumers have come to expect high standards of quality in the manufactured goods they use, but to an engineer these are the challenges that make the profession interesting.
This unit will consider Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), control devices which aid the automation of these processes. The capabilities of PLC have developed over the years with performance, reliability and operational resilience being key attributes to their continued success. In order to achieve automated monitoring and control, these devices can be used on their own or in conjunction with others through communication systems/links which are themselves becoming more versatile. The unit will introduce learners to the use and applications of PLC, the hardware and software that makes up a PLC and the interaction needed between the component parts.
There are no formal entry requirements although knowledge of engineering and maintenance would be beneficial.
During this course you will be able to:
Understand the selection, hardware and software requirements of a programmable controller
Understand types of PLC and where they are used
Use programming techniques to produce a program for a modern programmable controller, introduction of logic diagrams and components in a circuit
Understand complex programmable controller applications, writing a PLC circuit and test a PLC circuit using a developer software
By studying this course you will:
Develop the ability to use programming techniques to produce ladder diagrams for modern PLC
Gain an understanding of the different types of communication media used to link larger numbers of PLCs together, the networking architecture used and the associated standards and protocols
Throughout the course you will be assessed in the following ways:
Completion of programmes and PLC circuits
Upon completion of the course, learners will gain a college certificate and be able to obtain greater knowledge and qualifications in PLC.
This is a new course within the engineering sector looking at the growth in automation and industrial control. It will allow you the insight into how the sector is moving toward industry 4.0 with PLC helping to develop this.