Note: This is a hybrid course consisting of online self-paced content combined with hands-on instruction at the SPC Clearwater Campus Advanced Manufacturing Lab.
This course introduces Allen-Bradley Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and elements needed for an automated industrial control system. Introduces memory and project organization within a PLC and provides instruction in basic numbering systems, computer and PLC terminology. Introduces PLC control functions, program structures, language standards, wiring and troubleshooting methods, as well as, real world communications. Requires the student to program a PLC which may include a combination of ladder logic, structured text, sequential function chart and/or function block languages. Includes various protocols of industrial communications used between PLC controlled machines, PLC to PLC, PLC to computer, and computer to computer.