Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers - Part I
Chong Chen, Ph.D., P.E.
A Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) is a device that is capable of being programmed to perform control functions. The first PLC was introduced in the late 1960s to replace relay logic controls in the automotive industry. Compared to relay logic controls, the PLC's advantages include easy programming and installation, high control speed, hardware and software security, network compatibility, troubleshooting and testing convenience, and high reliability.
PLCs are currently used widely in industrial and commercial environments. They can be found in almost any manufacturing facility. There are several manufacturers of PLCs. While the instruction formats may not be the same for different brands, the hardware structures and programming concepts are very similar. This course covers PLC hardware structure, input/output modules, software, and programming. PLC operation and ladder logic programs are discussed.
This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.
At the conclusion of this course, the student will:
Course ContentThis course is the first part of a two-part course on Programmable Logic Controllers. There are a total of six modules in the two-part course. Part I covers Modules 1 through 4. Modules 1 and 2 are independent. Modules 3 through 6 are in sequence. The first two modules should be studied before the other modules.
Course Modules - Part I (PDF Format)
Module 1: Introduction to PLC Hardware
The above course modules are in PDF format. You need to open or download those documents to study this course.
For your convenience
or for better graphic quality, you may also download the same modules in MS
Course Modules - Part I (MS Word Format)
1. Allen-Bradley: Advanced Programming Software User's Manual.
2. David A. Geller: Programmable Controllers Using the Allen-Bradley SLC-500 Family, Prentice Hall.
3. Colin D. Simpson:
Programmable Logic Controllers, Prentice Hall.
Once you finish studying the above course content you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.