June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Computers in Education
22.765.1 - 22.765.12
Hands on Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Laboratory for an Industrial Controls CourseThe instruction of industrial controls employing programmable logic controllers (PLCs) is vitalfor many industries including manufacturing, mining, and production. PLCs are self-containedindustrial grade microcontrollers with user-friendly input and output buffering. They aretypically programmed using a visual ladder logic based language.In response to requests from our constituents, we implemented an industrial control course basedon both PLC and microcontroller technology. In developing the course, a graduate studentworked closely with an industrial control company to develop a series of practical, hands onlaboratory exercises to educate students on the fundamentals of PLC application design andimplementation. In conjunction with development of laboratory courseware, an IndustrialControl Laboratory was developed and equipped with state-of-the-art PLC and controlinstrumentation and test equipment.This paper discusses the development and content of the laboratory exercises and physicallaboratory. We have now taught this course twice and have gathered student perceptions on thequality and utility of the Industrial Control course. Students have requested additional emphasisin this area. We conclude the paper with plans for future course enhancements.
Barrett, S. F., & Purdy, A. L., & Wright, C. H. G. (2011, June), Hands on Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Laboratory for an Industrial Controls Course Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18046
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