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Using A Plc Trainer To Control A Utility Cart

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.1100.1 - 6.1100.6



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Kenny Fotouhi

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Ali Eydgahi

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Session 2149

Using a PLC Trainer To Control a Utility Cart

Mohammad Fotouhi, Ali Eydgahi

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Princess Anne, MD 21853


This paper describes the details of an undergraduate project in electrical engineering technology program at UMES and experience gained by the student. The objective of this project was to incorporate the Allen Bradley commercial SLC 503 programmable logic controller (PLC) trainer to control and steer a utility cart. The utility cart was required to perform the maneuvering motions of going forward, going in reverse, turning right, and turning left, and stopping. All of these motions had to be controlled by PLC trainer.


Design of a controller using a PLC to control a utility car was an undergraduate student project in our design technology course. The main objective of this project was to demonstrate the power of a programmable logic controller to control a utility cart that uses a dc motor and a stepper motor for turning. The student had seen different PLCs in-automated set up at work. However, he never had the opportunity to work or operate them. Thus, he was very interested in a project where he can design a control system with PLCs.

The flexible programmable logic controller trainer incorporated in this project was an undergraduate project, which was designed and fabricated by a student a year ago1. This trainer consists of an interface board that is connected to the inputs and outputs of the Allen-Bradley SLC500 PLC unit. This PLC system contains a processor that has 16k words of memory. The main component of the trainer is the SLC 503 processor with six replaceable modules in a rack. Two power supplies of 24 V DC and 5V DC support circuitry. Multiple I/O modules with LED indicators are housed in a 19" rack mount enclosure, which

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright ® 2001, American Society for Engineering Education.

Fotouhi, K., & Eydgahi, A. (2001, June), Using A Plc Trainer To Control A Utility Cart Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9960

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