Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
A low cost Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) training platform has been designed, built, and used in an introductory undergraduate PLC class. Instead of providing pre-wired equipment, the trainers supply industry standard components. Students are taught to interpret industrial wiring diagrams and connect hardware in the first week of a semester long course. Throughout the semester the students are constantly modifying the wiring. The result are students that are better prepared for industrial design and build of PLC controlled manufacturing equipment.
The paper outlines the design and construction of these low cost trainers. The trainers are presented as independent of PLC vendors and may be constructed for less than $700 per station without the PLC. A low cost PLC may be purchased for a hundred dollars or more to create a fully capable trainer. An example of lecture materials and student work are presented.
Jack, H., & Yanik, P. M., & Denton, J. N. (2018, June), Work In Progress: A PLC Trainer With Hands-on Wiring Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/31265
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