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#17871 - 12/03/02 02:39 PM PLC's
JuddsAirco Offline
Registered: 10/12/02
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Loc: KY, USA
Does anyone here know much about PLC's and the time involved in learning how to program them. I am pretty proficient in Q-Basic, is it close to that type of programming. New job requires basic knowledge of PLC appliances. HELP!!!
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#17872 - 12/03/02 02:47 PM Re: PLC's
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#17873 - 12/04/02 06:05 AM Re: PLC's
JBD Offline
Registered: 07/12/01
Posts: 599
Loc: WI, USA
Most PLCs are programmed using ladder logic. The primary knowledge base for PLCs is motor control circuits, typical logic relay connections, and timer circuits.

Actual computer languages (like Q-Basic or Visual Basic) and networking skills are specialty skills. The actual programming keystrokes for any PLC are relatively easy to learn.

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#17874 - 12/04/02 04:00 PM Re: PLC's
Bjarney Offline
Registered: 04/10/02
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Don't overloof...

There are scads of 'em--google it. Manufacturers often have in-house instruction.
#17875 - 12/04/02 10:10 PM Re: PLC's
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Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8211
Loc: SI,New Zealand
Pretty much, if you want a career in Industrial Wiring or Controls, these days you have to have a good grounding in PLC
Programming(Ladder logic, Statement programming,C++), the list goes on, just depends on what systems you use regularly, as not all systems use Ladder Logic, I have been on I don't know how many PLC traning courses, provided by the vendors of PLC's,
very helpful, these courses, even have hands-on experiments, to let you use the gear.
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#17876 - 12/05/02 09:06 PM Re: PLC's
dugmaze Offline
Registered: 12/18/00
Posts: 45
Loc: St. Louis
Like everything else it can take a long time to learn PLC's but you'll never learn unless you start. You'l find them easier than you thought at first and extremely complex the more you learn. I get into some programs where a good programmer completely looses me. I've had several courses(AB, Modicon, Gould) and still feel stupid when I have to troubleshoot in front of someone. I start thumbing through the book to remember what every little bit does!

As long as you keep it simple and avoid some of the complex programming, then I think PLC's are easy. It took me about 6 weeks from a good course to learn the basics. And about 5 years of troubleshooting to feel comfortable with them. I hope someday every electrical device uses one. The benefits are endless and so is the job security!

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