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Whether you are new to PLCs or are familiar but in need of a good refresher, this course is the right starting point.

This course will give an essential and fundamental overview of Programmable logic Controllers. It will cover the operation and basic programming of PLCs as well as their troubleshooting and maintenance, programming software, ladder or code design, and functionality. This will be accomplished using the supplied Horner Automation XL4 OCS (Operator Control Station) PLC's which shall be used by each student within the course.

The attendees will be able to work through basic programming and set up for this PLC and understand how the PLC can be applied in simple or complex control applications. In a controlled environment, students will understand and safely connect, program, and operate the PLC to further understand its function as well as associated terminologies, programming instructions, and programming revision control, editing, and simple troubleshooting.

Through the hands-on labs, students will work through the simple programming examples on the OCS and be able to monitor the PLC with the included CScape software.


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Course topics

I. What are PLCs?

Objective:

II. Digital signals

Objective:

III. Analog signals

Objective:

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I. What are PLCs?

Objective:

  • Examples of historic machine control the Jacquard loom, relay control systems
  • The first PLC: Dick Morley, Bedford Associates, Modicon, 1968
  • PLCs vs computers
  • PLC architecture: CPU, I/O, power supply
  • The programming software and the programmer - Networking capabilities
  • Lab: First steps with Digital I/O the XL4 OCS PLC (Horner)

II. Digital signals

Objective:

  • What do we mean by digital values?
  • Standard types, voltages
  • Connections to the PLC I/O system
  • Registers associated with inputs, outputs, internal bits
  • Sinking and sourcing I/O - Forcing I/Os - Logic theory
  • Lab: Introduction to Ladder logic, motor start/stop logic

III. Analog signals

Objective:

  • What do we mean by analog values? - Voltage signals
  • Current signals, 0-20 mA, 4-20 mA, 2 or 4-wire connections
  • Other input signals, temperature (RTD, CT), mV signals (load cells)
  • Instrumentation and instruments communications, and specialized networks - Connection to the PLC IO system
  • Registers associated with analog signals - Reading and scaling functions, engineering units
  • Lab: scaling a level signal

IV. Timers and counters

Objective:

  • Timer and counter structure, registers
  • How do we use timers and counters in a PLC project?
  • Timers (TON, TONR, TOF)
  • Counters (CU, CD)
  • Lab: Creating a pulse signal using 2 timers.

V. Process control

Objective:

  • Examples of Process control
  • Feedback loops: open-loop, closed-loop
  • A complex instruction: PID (Proportional/Integral/Derivative) control
  • Selection of parameters for the PID instruction
  • Tuning the PID loop in open and closed loop configuration - Autotuning function in the PLC
  • Lab: Stabilizing a flow and level process
  • Daniel Chartier

    Years of Experience
    33

    Daniel Chartier travaille comme ingénieur électrique depuis près de 30 ans, et est spécialisé en automatisation et contrôles. Il a travaillé dans des fonderies d'aluminium et les mines, dans l'emballage, les stations de pompage et dans la construction d'usines thermiques (District Cooling) au cours des ans. Il a été responsable du développement de formations de sécurité dans...

    Expertise

     
    • Gene Wallis, Enbridge
      Daniel was great, very informative, and I appreciated all the real-world applications he took us through.
    • Sharmil Joseph, Madsen Diesel and Turbine
      Daniel has a deep knowledge on what he is teaching. He is very kind and has immense patience. He didn't make the course boring.
    • Quintin Fast, Total Power
      Daniel kept the course interesting and did a lot of extra work to make it relatable to our specific field.
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  • Wayne Jeffrey

    Years of Experience
    42

    Wayne brings 41 years of experience in the electrical and instrumentation industry. He is a master electrician and a journeyman instrument mechanic. He started in the early 80’s with a petroleum company in the Lloydminster area performing maintenance duties. He then started and ran his own contracting company for 15 yrs. in Lloydminster. After he sold the company, he started working with a local...

    Expertise

     
    • Jonathon Martel, Total Power
      Wayne was a great instructor, he was clear in his description of scenarios and answered questions thoroughly.
    • Jacob Lazariuk, Fortis Mining Engineering and Manufacturing
      Wayne was great, very personable and knowledgeable. He was very willing to answer questions or discuss problems seen in the field.
    • Kimberley Kenyon, Canfor Pulp
      Wayne was very knowledgeable as per subject, open to all questions, with good introduction and coverage of house "keeping" at the start of the course. I liked how he would ask what happens on our site to create discussion and to help educate everyone is done at our facility.
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