Virtual EAL Siemens Industrial Maintenance & Fault Finding PLC Training Course

Virtual EAL Siemens Industrial Maintenance & Fault Finding Professional

Description

Providing virtual training on Siemens S7 PLCs using TIA Portal or STEP7 Professional from your own home





Achieve our EAL Siemens PLC Industrial Maintenance & Fault Finding Pro training from your own home, you can now achieve an EAL Recognised Certificate through our acclaimed PLC Industrial Maintenance & Fault Finding Professional courses. Recognised by EAL, we aim to help you become more proactive and confident in working with PLCs safely and efficiently in day-to-day operations and fault finding situations to reduce downtime and increase profitability.


Experience Required: 

No previous experience or knowledge is required before attending this course however, an understanding of electrical principles is useful.


Duration: 

24 Guided Learning Hours completed over 4 weeks.


Recognised Training Supported by our Training Partners and Major Blue-chips Companies: 

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Training Syllabus

This training course is for anyone who is interested in working with PLCs on the shop-floor while being able to fault find, make modifications and maintain the machinery/production line.


Upon completing this course, you will able to work with live PLC's in industrial environments while not compromising safety or increasing production downtime when working on the shop-floor. Based around STEP7 Professional or TIA Portal, we will walk through the software and the majority of its available programming instructions that are most used throughout programs on the shop-floor. You will learn how to read industrial programs and incorporate instructions into Organizational Blocks, Function Blocks, and Functions. We will explain the Standard Operating Procedures for working on the shop-floor with PLC’s, ensuring you are working safely and efficiently. Fault Finding methods and techniques are then demonstrated and practiced, making you more pro-active when working on processes/machinery, increasing production efficiency and reducing downtime.


At the end of the course, you are expected to have a detailed understanding of the most used instructions and routines in programming, as well as being confident in approaching, maintaining and fault finding with the PLC in all situations.


Week 1 Syllabus

Week 1 will begin with an introductory live video lecture with your Course Tutor, introducing the course and explaining how everything will work. Upon completion of this video lecture, you'll then receive access to Week 1 of your eLearning course and you can begin your training, you'll be expected to complete the sections below as well as the end of week assessment which can be done online via your eLearning course, this will then be submitted to your Course Tutor for review.


  • Background to the PLC
  • Understanding PLC Numbering Systems and converting between them (Binary, Decimal, Hexadecimal)
  • Understanding the Siemens PLC Range
  • Understanding the differences between Compact and Modular PLCs
  • Understanding what a Siemens PSU is
  • Understanding the Siemens CPU and its features
  • Understanding the Siemens CPU LED indication and error displays
  • Understanding how to use the CPU Mode Selector
  • What is a PLC Battery and why it is important
  • Understanding the Siemens Digital Input and Output Cards
  • The importance of the Siemens Part Numbers
  • Understanding the Siemens SD Memory Cards
  • How to wire the Siemens PSU, CPU and Input/Output Cards
  • Understanding the differences between NPN and PNP wiring
  • Understanding how Modular PLCs are constructed and expanded
  • Increasing process control via Networking
  • Understanding basic PLC components
  • Understanding the differences between Steps, Rungs and Networks
  • Understanding Logic terminology (AND, OR, ANDN, ORN, EOR)
  • Understanding the Siemens PLC hardware and internal addressing
  • Understanding the unique Siemens Memory Area and how to manage it correctly
  • The importance of the PLC Scan and how it can be increased
  • Understanding what PC/Laptop Operating System you should use for STEP7 Professional/TIA Portal
  • Understanding the STEP7 Professional/TIA Portal environment
  • Creating your first project
  • Setting up communications between your Laptop and PC
  • Setting up Hardware Configuration and why its important
  • How to download safely to the PLC without accidentally shutting down production
  • Introduction to Siemens Programming Blocks (OB's, FB's, FC's, DB's)
  • Using STEP7 Professional/TIA Portal to create your first programming routines
  • Labelling your project with Symbols and Comments and the benefits of doing so
  • Understanding Online Editing and the dangers
  • Understanding the differences between Control Latches and Alarm Latches and their important signals
  • Understanding the dangers of duplication
  • Using STEP7 Professional/TIA Portal to create Timer delay routines using the variations of Siemens Timers available


At the end of Week 1, you will then take part in another live video lecture with your Course Tutor which will answer any questions you may have or cover any subjects that require further clarification.


Week 2 Syllabus

Upon completion of Week 1, you'll then receive access to Week 2 of your eLearning course and you can begin your training, you'll be expected to complete the sections below as well as the end of week assessment which can be done online via your eLearning course, this will then be submitted to your Course Tutor for review.


  • Understanding the differences between PLC programming languages and the positives and negatives of each
  • Understanding the IEC 61131-3 Programming Standards and why we adhere to these standards
  • Understanding Siemens Counters and what we can use them for
  • How to use programming instructions to monitor system equipment for maintenance
  • Understanding what downtime is and how to prevent downtime on the shop-floor
  • Undertaking an Upload and how to do so correctly
  • Understanding the dangers of the PLC scan and how it can affect your programs
  • Understanding the dangers when working with PLCs and how to work with them safely to prevent accidents in industry
  • Understanding data handling with the Move instruction
  • How the PLC works with negative values and 2's complement
  • Understanding Analogue values and how they are inputted to the PLC
  • How to convert Analogue signalling from Raw to Engineering and Engineering to Raw
  • Understanding the common Bit Logic instructions in the Siemens catalog
  • How to use the One Shot Pulse (Rising and Falling) instructions correctly inside of the Siemens PLC
  • Using Set and Reset inside of the PLC and why it can be dangerous when used incorrectly


At the end of Week 2, you will then take part in another live video lecture with your Course Tutor which will answer any questions you may have or cover any subjects that require further clarification.


Week 3 Syllabus

Upon completion of Week 2, you'll then receive access to Week 3 of your eLearning course and you can begin your training, you'll be expected to complete the sections below as well as the end of week assessment which can be done online via your eLearning course, this will then be submitted to your Course Tutor for review.


  • How to undertake a PLC IO Test at the start of commissioning and installing a program
  • Understanding the use of clock memory and system memory of the Siemens PLC
  • Adopting practices to help reducing downtime when fault finding on a PLC
  • Using Siemens Cross-References to navigate through your program when fault finding
  • Using the Siemens Assignment List to locate free addressing inside of the Siemens PLC
  • Understanding the Siemens Call Structure
  • Using verification to ensure accurate backups are available
  • Understanding the affects that Modifying and Forcing I/O has on the PLC
  • Understanding the dangers of Forcing Inputs and Outputs in your program
  • Adopting advanced backup procedures
  • Using Watch/VAT Tables to monitor your programs more effectively
  • How to locate intermittent faults in a program
  • Using the Always On and Always Off flags effectively to create Short and Open Circuits
  • Using Siemens PLC diagnostics to locate problems in the PLC 
  • Using Safety Interlocking to help increase the integrity of your programs
  • Understanding interrupts and background routines
  • Understanding the use of Data Blocks inside of your program
  • How to create Function Blocks to further increase your program control
  • How to create Alarms inside of the PLC and how to manage these within your program


At the end of Week 3, you will then take part in another live video lecture with your Course Tutor which will answer any questions you may have or cover any subjects that require further clarification.


Week 4 Syllabus

Upon completion of Week 3, you'll then receive access to Week 4 of your eLearning course and you can begin your training, you'll be expected to complete the sections below as well as the end of week assessment which can be done online via your eLearning course, this will then be submitted to your Course Tutor for review.


  • Understanding the different types of CPU Faults
  • Understanding how to replace a PLC battery on the shop-floor correctly
  • Learn how to replace a CPU on a Live PLC System
  • Understanding how to replace faulty Input/Output cards
  • Understanding how to replace a PLC memory card on the shop-floor correctly
  • Understanding how to work with E-Stops and Safety Circuits and implement these inside of your program
  • Understanding the differences between standard PLCs and safety PLCs
  • Using Maths instructions inside of the PLC
  • Using Functions for calculations and data handling giving you further control of your program
  • Understanding the PLC electrical schematics and IO schedules and why we use these when commissioning and installing programs
  • Practice fault finding techniques by working with a real industrial program which is currently being used on the shop-floor
  • Understanding the use of sequencers inside of programs and how they can reduce downtime
  • Understanding the use of a cycle stop routine inside of a program
  • Using Comparators to monitor process safety limits


At the end of Week 4, you will then take part in your final live video lecture with your Course Tutor which will answer any questions you may have or cover any subjects that require further clarification on the training course as a whole.


Once your training course has been completed, your certificates will then be authorised and then sent to yourself.


EAL Certification

This training course includes examination periods throughout each day of training. We will also be including additional training time should anyone request further explanation of any topics covered.


Upon completion of this course you will receive an Official EAL Training Certificate, this is proof that the learner has successfully completed a recognised training course at a Recognised EAL Training Centre and has passed all of the assessments for the training course.


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