• PLC/PAC Automation: Basic Structure, Programming, Installation, and Maintenance (TC30P)


    Length: 5 days
    CEU Credits: 3.5
    Course Hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


    This course defines Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) and Programmable Automation Controller (PAC) architecture, configuration, installation, maintenance, and programming. This course is generic with its content covering all the various PLC vendors today. Over 50% of the class is hands-on laboratory exercises!

    You will be able to:

    • Identify the basic components of PLC/PAC systems and where they are utilized
    • Identify the basic IEC 6-1131-3 programming languages to include Relay Ladder Diagram (RLD), 
      Structured Text (ST), Function Block Diagrams (FBD), and Instruction List (IL)
    • Develop, write, install, and test PLC RLD programs
    • Wire a complete PLC system utilizing digital and analog I/O simulators
    • Install and tune a PID
    • Troubleshoot and maintain PLC/PAC systems
    • Document a PLC ladder program

    You will cover:

    • Basic Components of a PLC/PAC System
    • Input/Output Systems: Discrete, Analog, DC, and AC Input/Output Modules
    • CPU Operation and PLC Memory Organization: Scan Cycle and Timing | Memory Size | Mapping | Input/Output Data Files | Hardware/Software Interface Programs
    • System Power:  Hardware Power | Field Power
    • PLC/PAC Relay Ladder Diagram Programming:  Ladder Logic Instructions | Times and Counters |Permissive Discrete Control Functions | Data Manipulation Instructions | Arithmetic Instructions
    • PLC Installation:  Wiring | Grounding | "Ringing Out" the I/O Wiring
    • Maintenance Practices:  Visual Inspection | Continuity Check | Input/Output Wiring Check | Operational Testing | Emergency Stops | Troubleshooting Hardware Failures
    • Motor Control Connection to PLC: Motor Starter Aux relay connection | Software Seal Circuits and Why Not to Use Them

    Classroom/Laboratory Exercises:

    • Wire discrete and analog devices to PLC
    • Enter, download, and test a ladder program
    • Program permissive logic, timer and counter, data manipulation, and basic arithmetic operations
    • Develop and program from a selection real-world applications

    Course Prerequisites:

    • Basic AC and DC Electric Theory (e.g. Ohm's Law, etc.)

    A hand-held/scientific calculator should be brought to class.

    Recommended Resources
    : Programmable Controllers, 4th Edition


    If you wish to register offline, download the Training Registration Form, complete, and return to ISA with your payment.

    Not sure this particular course is for you?
    pre-instructional survey is available for you to evaluate your level of understanding of the course material and to show you the types of questions you'll be able to answer after completing the course.