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Board 58: Work in Progress: Simulated Electrical Schematic of PLC

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

October 19, 2019

Conference Session

ECE Division Poster Session

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Electrical and Computer

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Ahmed Alothman

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Majed Abdullah Alyami Western Kentucky University


Timothy Alexander Goodwin Western Kentycky University

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Born and raised in Kentucky by a family of teachers, I developed a good skill set of leadership and communication. My father who is a middle school math teacher would have me board race his students when I was in the first and second grade. I have also been involved in music for a very long time; taking guitar lessons for 10 years and also playing saxophone throughout high school and college marching band. My dream is to eventually join along my family and become a professor after a long career in industry.

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Courtney Smith Western Kentucky University

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PLCs control how the world works around us and will continue to for the foreseeable future. Industry has used them for manufacturing lines and sorting devices heavily in the last couple decades with very good results. With such a large amount of implementation throughout the world, initial setup and troubleshooting PLCs is still very difficult. This is because of how many different connections that are present as well as what could be causing a malfunction. The task of our project would be to make a simulated electrical schematic of the PLC system in operation using LabView. This schematic would simulate ladder logic with Simatic Step 7 and a physical simulation with Factory I/O. This would create a full simulation with all three phases of the PLC setup that would give the system a very easy to read schematic. To do all of this we will start with learning all the software needed to run a PLC simulation. From there we would simulate a trivial task like turning on a light. Once we simulate turning on a light, then we will apply the technique to a more complex system. Overall this project would provide a basis for others to recreate what we will do for their larger systems. This would cut setup and troubleshooting times down tremendously. Any problem that occurred in the system would be found in the electrical schematic and could be narrowed down to the exact register or wire. The tasks mentioned above will be done by a senior project team out of Western Kentucky University, and is the basis of our final capstone design course. The four members will be guided by a faculty advisor, Dr. Greg Arbuckle, who is fluent in the inner workings of PLC systems.

Alothman, A., & Alyami, M. A., & Goodwin, T. A., & Smith, C. (2019, June), Board 58: Work in Progress: Simulated Electrical Schematic of PLC Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32382

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