This month's most popular course! This course will give you experience in designing PLC programs to Industrial Standards using best-practice programming techniques.
Created by David Simm
Our most popular eLearning series, which has been used worldwide for 14 years is based on Ladder Programming. We will walk you through the foundations of PLC Programming, universal to all PLCs, covering common programming instructions as well as how to design and structure a program. You’ll also have access to a PLC programming tool and a Live PLC Control Panel for you to download and test your programs on, ensuring that you fully understand how to design programs.
Our PLC programming courses not only teach you the basics of the PLC equipment which every programmer is required to learn but more importantly, how to write control routines and programs to a standard that is required in industry.
- Live PLC Control Panel Access (Unique to Scantime courses, you will recieve access to a real PLC on this course, to connect to our real PLC, contact your Course Tutor)
- Free PLC Programming Software
- Decision-making Activities
- High-definition Videos and Audio Commentary
- Course Tutor Assistance
This course has a 365-day time limit which can be renewed annually as an option. During the time limit, you will have unlimited access to your course.
Features - What's New!
Interactive Exercises and Decision-making Activities
Interactive exercises allow you to engage further with the e-learning courses, making your learning more 'hands-on'.
Free Professional Programming Software
Access free professional PLC programming software and use our easy 'how-to' guides and videos to create your very own industrial routines and programs.
High-Definition Videos and Background Audio Commentary
Watch high-definition videos developed by our tutors, connected to live PLC's. You will also have access to background audio commentary on each subject allowing you to sit back and listen.
Test Your Knowledge at Any Time
Test your knowledge of what you've been taught by completing assessments packed with interactive questions.
Automated Marking and In-Depth Reports
Receive your results as soon as you've completed your assessments. You'll also be able to review your answers, retry the assessment and print your results into an in-depth report that highlights your strengths and weaknesses in your skill set to help you improve.
Free-roaming Navigation and Advanced Search
Free-roaming navigation gives you the flexibility to access any topic at any time. You can also use the 'Search' function to easily look-up any keywords and phrases used throughout the course.
What will you learn on PLC Programming Module 1?
- History of the PLC
- What are Contacts & Coils and how are they used in Programs
- How to wire IO Cards
- Interpreting IO Signals and what they mean
- Understanding Data & Logic
- Applying Logic to Ladder Programs
- Differences between Backplane & Modular PLCs
- Assembling a PLC & Understanding its Rack Configuration
- PLC Addressing & IO
- How PLCs use their Addressing Area's
- How PLCs are used in Control Applications
- PLC Architecture
- What Engineering Software do we use
- What do we use, Windows 32Bit or 64Bit Operating Systems?
- Understanding the Basics of the Programmer
- Working with the Main Tools inside of the Programmer
- Creating your First Program
- Understanding the PLC Scan and why its Important
- The Differences between Programming Languages
- What are Latches, where are they used and how do we design them
- Understanding the most common Programming Instructions such as; Timers and Counters
- Creating Programs using Timers and Counters
- How PLCs are used for Process Interaction with SCADA and HMI Systems
What will you learn on PLC Programming Module 2?
- Understanding Programming Instructions such as the Single Shot Pulse, Increment, Decrement and Compares, why they are used inside of our Programs and how do we design them
- Moving Data using the Move Instruction
- The uses of Force and Set and why it can be Dangerous if used Incorrectly
- How to design your Programs with Safety in mind
- How to Structure Programs to make it easier to Read and Fault Find
- How to handle Alarm Situations and make your Programs react correctly
- What is Status inside of a Program and why is it used
- Why we create a Process Run for Starting and Stopping a Process
- How to create One Push Button Applications, Speed Controllers and Data Transfer Applications
- Developing Safety Routines
- Creating a 'Storage Tank' system, Incorporating Alarms, Interlocking and Safety
- Fault Finding Tips
What will you learn on PLC Programming Module 3?
- What are Holding Relays and where are they used
- How to create Programs for Recipe Control
- Using Retentive Timers in your Programs
- Understanding what Set and Reset is inside of a Program and the dangers of using Set and Reset
- Using instructions such as IL/ILC
- What are Data Buffers and how to we design them
- Fault Finding Tips
- The use of Maths in PLCs and why its important
- Structuring your program further with Sub-routines and creating your own
- How PLCs can be used for Robotic Control and Traffic Management and how do we design a routine to do so
- Managing Data Buffers with a PLC
- Advanced Program Design using Indirect Addressing and Shift Registers
- How to plan a Program using the techniques taught
- How to incorporate 4-20mA Analogue in your Program and converting it from Raw to Eng Values
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