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Siemens Industrial PLC Automation  

This is a hands-on automation course using industry recognized Siemens PLCs and Step 7 controller software. Our goal is to provide students with the training needed to program and implement these devices into a manufacturing system and have the skills to maintain and troubleshoot as needed. While we will have several lectures on the concepts of the higher level monitoring and control software (SCADA/DCS), this course will focus on the direct application of the PLCs and support devices (sensors, terminal blocks, relays, switches and similar).

From the Siemens Industrial Automation website:
"The industry is right on the threshold of the fourth industrial revolution. Automation is being followed by the digitalization of production. The goal: an increase of productivity, efficiency, speed, and quality, resulting in higher competitiveness for companies on their way to the future of industry."

  • PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) Overview
  • HMI – Human Machine Interface
  • SCADA - Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition
  • DCS – Distributed Control System
  • RTU – Remote Terminal Units
  • PAC – Programmable Automation Controllers
  • PCN – Process Control Network

  • Programming PLCs - Ladder Logic
  • Automation system security concerns
  • Relays and Switches
  • Sensors
  • Counters and Timers
  • Alarms
  • Fault identification
  • Basic Networking

  • Basic Electrical and Electronics
  • Electrical Safety
  • Breakers and Fuses
  • Electrical and Pneumatic Actuators
  • VFD - Variable Frequency Drives
  • Servo Motors
  • Encoders
  • Using Test Equipment (Digital Multimeter, Oscilloscope)
  • ISA – International Society of Automation

Common Automation/PLC Examples:

  • Aircraft Assembly
  • Automobile manufacturing
  • HVAC Control Systems
  • Environmental control systems
  • Food Industry Packaging
  • Power Plant Systems
  • Water management systems
  • Sewage treatment plants
  • Nuclear power plants
  • Agriculture
  • Mining Operations
  • Traffic Control
  • Pipeline Control
  • Plumbing Control
  • Amusement park rides


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