PLC Progression - Level 5 (Lifetime Access)

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We’d like to introduce our fifth set of tutorials in our PLC Programming training series. Our easy learning approach is employed once again to assist you in your pursuit of becoming a PLC controls engineer.

We use a logical learning approach which we have perfected by pooling our vast knowledge about control system design and programming. We have many engineers with decades of combined experience in real world environments from which we draw the knowledge that is required to enable viewers to gain valuable PLC programming and control system skills.

In the first four series of this training program we got you familiar with the basics of PLC Control Systems, hardware, power supplies and how the processor functions. We also talked about memory types, modules and their LED status lights, different I/O types, configuration, addressing, flip flops, positive and negative edge detections, latched versus momentary, and many more instructions.
We discussed different timer types, discussed “two handed control”, and talked about V13 of step 7. We also discussed counters, normally opened and normally closed contacts, comparator instructions which are the equals, less than, greater than type instructions and then demonstrated the differences between the many data types, worked with extending timing, math, conversion instructions and much more.

In this fifth series we will introduce you to a new programming environment called Factory I/O and do several lessons in this factory environment. Within the Factory I/O environment, we’ll show you how you can simulate your program in 3D. We also have a miniseries of lessons on part counting with a retro-reflective sensor and in another lesson, we discuss how to convert an integer value to a real value. We will exhibit how to round a number, how to convert a real value to an integer value, using the move instruction, and controlling multiple outputs with a single switch.

We will talk about how you can manipulate a value in a single setpoint, vary a time value in a timer using a couple of different methods, resuming interrupted timing, and using a single switch to both start and stop a motor.

In our growing list tutorials, this is another installment of great programming examples where many may be used as good starting points from which to build on for future use.

This fifth series is a great tool for helping you to visually conceptualize your projects as well as help you hone your PLC programming skills. The Automation and Controls Engineer career could be just around the corner.
Advance your knowledge today by procuring this series and see how beneficial a simulated factory environment can be in furthering your understanding and expanding skill set.

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PLC Progression - Level 5 (Lifetime Access)

We’d like to introduce our fifth set of tutorials in our PLC Programming training series. Our easy learning approach is employed once again to assist you in your pursuit of becoming a PLC controls engineer.

We use a logical learning approach which we have perfected by pooling our vast knowledge about control system design and programming. We have many engineers with decades of combined experience in real world environments from which we draw the knowledge that is required to enable viewers to gain valuable PLC programming and control system skills.

In the first four series of this training program we got you familiar with the basics of PLC Control Systems, hardware, power supplies and how the processor functions. We also talked about memory types, modules and their LED status lights, different I/O types, configuration, addressing, flip flops, positive and negative edge detections, latched versus momentary, and many more instructions.
We discussed different timer types, discussed “two handed control”, and talked about V13 of step 7. We also discussed counters, normally opened and normally closed contacts, comparator instructions which are the equals, less than, greater than type instructions and then demonstrated the differences between the many data types, worked with extending timing, math, conversion instructions and much more.

In this fifth series we will introduce you to a new programming environment called Factory I/O and do several lessons in this factory environment. Within the Factory I/O environment, we’ll show you how you can simulate your program in 3D. We also have a miniseries of lessons on part counting with a retro-reflective sensor and in another lesson, we discuss how to convert an integer value to a real value. We will exhibit how to round a number, how to convert a real value to an integer value, using the move instruction, and controlling multiple outputs with a single switch.

We will talk about how you can manipulate a value in a single setpoint, vary a time value in a timer using a couple of different methods, resuming interrupted timing, and using a single switch to both start and stop a motor.

In our growing list tutorials, this is another installment of great programming examples where many may be used as good starting points from which to build on for future use.

This fifth series is a great tool for helping you to visually conceptualize your projects as well as help you hone your PLC programming skills. The Automation and Controls Engineer career could be just around the corner.
Advance your knowledge today by procuring this series and see how beneficial a simulated factory environment can be in furthering your understanding and expanding skill set.

23 Videos

  • 147. Now You Can Simulate Your PLC Programs in a 3D Environment

    7m 35s · Streamable only + subs available in English

  • 148. Part Counting PLC Program Using Retro Reflective Sensor – Part 1

    7m 35s · Streamable only + subs available in English

  • 149. Part Counting PLC Program Using Retro Reflective Sensors – Part 2

    7m 25s · Streamable only + subs available in English

  • 150. Part Counting PLC Program Using Retro Reflective Sensors – Part 3

    4m 57s · Streamable only + subs available in English

  • 151. Part Counting PLC Program Using Retro Reflective Sensors – Part 4

    8m 56s · Streamable only + subs available in English

  • 152. Part Counting PLC Program Using Retro Reflective Sensors – Part 5

    5m 45s · Streamable only + subs available in English

  • 153. Part Counting PLC Program Using Retro Reflective Sensors – Part 6

    4m 13s · Streamable only + subs available in English

  • 154. How to Convert an Integer Value to a Real Value

    3m 57s · Streamable only + subs available in English

  • 155. How to Round a Number in Your PLC Program

    4m 41s · Streamable only + subs available in English

  • 156. How to Convert a Real Value to Integer

    2m 34s · Streamable only + subs available in English

  • 157. How Does the Move Instruction Work?

    2m 28s · Streamable only + subs available in English

  • 158. Control Multiple Outputs with a Single Switch

    7m 44s · Streamable only + subs available in English

  • 159. How to Vary the Value in a Single Set-point – Part 1

    5m 9s · Streamable only + subs available in English

  • 160. How to Vary the Value in a Single Set-point – Part 2

    8m 49s · Streamable only + subs available in English

  • 161. How to Vary the Time Value in a Timer – Part 1

    6m 31s · Streamable only + subs available in English

  • 162. How to Vary the Time Value in a Timer – Part 2

    11m · Streamable only + subs available in English

  • 163. How to Resume Interrupted Timing for Timers – Part 1

    6m 27s · Streamable only + subs available in English

  • 164. How to Resume Interrupted Timing for Timers – Part 2

    8m 3s · Streamable only + subs available in English

  • 165. How to Use a Single Switch as Both Start and Stop Switches

    7m 40s · Streamable only + subs available in English

  • 166. How to Vary the Time Value in a Timer with a Single Switch – Part 1

    5m 39s · Streamable only + subs available in English

  • 167. How to Vary the Time Value in a Timer with a Single Switch – Part 2

    5m 7s · Streamable only + subs available in English

  • 168. How to Vary the Time Value in a Timer with a Single Switch – Part 3

    5m 7s · Streamable only + subs available in English

  • 169. How to Vary the Time Value in a Timer with a Single Switch – Part 4

    7m 40s · Streamable only + subs available in English

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  1. 147. Now You Can Simulate Your PLC Programs in a 3D Environment

    7m 35s · Streamable only

    We recently received a partnership request from a European company based in Porto, Portugal named "realgames". They're focused on creating 3D education simulators and one of their main products is a 3D PLC simulator named factory I/O. This software offers numerous features and at the same time it's designed beautifully simple.

    So we decided to partner up with these guys and use their 3D PLC simulator along with the other software that we current...

    Subs available in English
  2. 148. Part Counting PLC Program Using Retro Reflective Sensor – Part 1

    7m 35s · Streamable only

    In this video I'm going to write a PLC program in STEP 7, create a relevant industrial application in Factory I/O from scratch and then connect the two software and test the PLC program in the 3D environment.

    Subs available in English
  3. 149. Part Counting PLC Program Using Retro Reflective Sensors – Part 2

    7m 25s · Streamable only

    Factory I/O is an innovative software package that allows you to create graphics that represent the machinery that you wish to control and then test your PLC program with the graphics, in a 3D environment. This lesson demonstrates the different tools you will use to place and manipulate your graphics in this unique simulation software.
    The Factory I/O software has three cameras that allow for various viewing angles of your project. Utilizing thos...

    Subs available in English
  4. 150. Part Counting PLC Program Using Retro Reflective Sensors – Part 3

    4m 57s · Streamable only

    Previously, we used the Factory I/O software package to create graphics that represent the machinery that we want control with a PLC program. This lesson will provide you with information on how to simulate the graphics environment with or without the use of the PLC program.
    Factory I/O allows you to force the equipment status meaning, if your PLC or PLC simulator is not yet attached to the Factory I/O software package, you can still see the opera...

    Subs available in English
  5. 151. Part Counting PLC Program Using Retro Reflective Sensors – Part 4

    8m 56s · Streamable only

    In this lesson, we are going to learn how to connect our PLC program to the Factory I/O simulator. We will walk through the configuration process for connecting to a PLC or PLC simulator using the proper driver for our equipment. We will demonstrate how to associate our field devices, such as the stop and stop switches, to the addressing that we have within the PLC program. These steps will prepare the softwares for linking and testing our program ...

    Subs available in English
  6. 152. Part Counting PLC Program Using Retro Reflective Sensors – Part 5

    5m 45s · Streamable only

    In this lesson, Factory I/O and our PLC program are now connected and we will start the factory simulation to see how our code checks out. We will discuss normally closed field devices and how they will function within our code. We will also discuss how the retro reflective sensor works and get into some special configuration options for selecting the types of boxes and pallets that we want to simulate in the factory environment.

    Let’s open thi...

    Subs available in English
  7. 153. Part Counting PLC Program Using Retro Reflective Sensors – Part 6

    4m 13s · Streamable only

    In the previous lesson, we had our PLC software connected to the Factory I/O software. We were able to start and stop the equipment, verify product counts passing by the retro reflective sensors, all using the Factory I/O animated simulation and our program.

    One thing that we have not yet discussed is the lamps that were provided with our switches inside of Factory I/O. In this lesson, we’re going to write some additional code that will light t...

    Subs available in English
  8. 154. How to Convert an Integer Value to a Real Value

    3m 57s · Streamable only

    As you may know, there are several conversion instructions for use in most PLC programming softwares however, sometimes they can be a bit tricky to use.

    In this lesson we are going to discuss converting and integer value to a real value using conversion instructions. However, there is no direct way to do this because, as you will soon see, there is no conversion instruction that directly converts an integer to a real. We will demonstrate the use...

    Subs available in English
  9. 155. How to Round a Number in Your PLC Program

    4m 41s · Streamable only

    In our daily activities, we may add things in our head to estimate some value to maybe stay within budget or just find some roundabout price.

    In this lesson, we are going to show you how to use one of the many instructions included in STEP 7 to do the everyday rounding that you may need inside of your PLC Program.

    We have different instructions to round a real value or a value with a fraction to an integer. The different instructions may ro...

    Subs available in English
  10. 156. How to Convert a Real Value to Integer

    2m 34s · Streamable only

    At times, we may need to convert a real or fraction value to an integer for use in our programs. In this lesson we will explain a simple trick to get the result that we are looking for. The first step in the process of this conversion process is truncation. We will then simply use the 16 bit lower value of the output address to get the integer value. Let’s watch this lesson and we will explain how to make the conversion.

    Subs available in English
  11. 157. How Does the Move Instruction Work?

    2m 28s · Streamable only

    Sometimes we need to get data from one place in our PLC Program to another. Oftentimes, to do this, we will use the Move instruction. In this lesson we will discuss what parameters are needed to fulfill the instruction, what the Move instruction does, and what you can’t do with the Move instruction. The video awaits so let’s get to it.

    Subs available in English
  12. 158. Control Multiple Outputs with a Single Switch

    7m 44s · Streamable only

    In some instances, you may want to energize multiple outputs using a single input. We discuss different ways to do this and settle on a particular method. While there are many ways to handle this task, we demonstrate the easiest integration of this feature. This method is not only easy to employ, it is also the easiest to maintain and looks the most professional. Let’s get started on this lesson and see what method is used to accomplish what we need.

    Subs available in English
  13. 159. How to Vary the Value in a Single Set-point – Part 1

    5m 9s · Streamable only

    In many factory environments, the need to vary the value in a single set-point exists. This need may be based on some internal programming or external action. Whatever the mechanism, in this lesson, we will start programming this function.

    Our set-point change will be based on some internal timers but will be started with the press of a start button as an external action. We will discuss the I/O required to perform this task and lay down some c...

    Subs available in English
  14. 160. How to Vary the Value in a Single Set-point – Part 2

    8m 49s · Streamable only

    In a previous lesson we discussed the need to vary the value in a single set-point. We started the lesson discussing some of the I/O that is required. We also created some code but found that we didn’t quite reach the intended goal.

    In the continuation of this lesson, we will show you how to achieve varying the set-point with a timing interval. The external action will begin the temperature varying graph that we are looking for.

    So let’s op...

    Subs available in English
  15. 161. How to Vary the Time Value in a Timer – Part 1

    6m 31s · Streamable only

    In this lesson, we have a factory environment that has a conveyor, some switches that run the conveyor for different lengths of time, a stop switch, and a stack light with running and stopped lamps. We need to write a program that will run the conveyor for specified lengths of time. The timing interval will be based on which switch is pressed so we’ll need to be able to change the timer interval based on those switches. We also need to light the la...

    Subs available in English
  16. 162. How to Vary the Time Value in a Timer – Part 2

    11m · Streamable only

    In our previous lesson, we started writing some code to in order to run a conveyor for different lengths of time based on which input switch was triggered. In this lesson, we will continue writing our program to finish our time shifting quest.

    We will add some more code that changes our timer preset and test it in the online mode. While stepping through the logic, we will run across an interesting challenge. The challenge as you will see is the...

    Subs available in English
  17. 163. How to Resume Interrupted Timing for Timers – Part 1

    6m 27s · Streamable only

    On some occasions, you may need to continue timing a process even after the enable input to the timer turns false. As you may know, once the timer enable input transitions from false to true again, the timer resets and begins timing from zero. In this lesson, we will show you how you can change the timer timing value based on whether or not the timer completed its original timing function.

    Let’s assume that you need the timer to time for 20 seco...

    Subs available in English
  18. 164. How to Resume Interrupted Timing for Timers – Part 2

    8m 3s · Streamable only

    As you know, when the timers enable input transitions to false, you will lose the timers accumulated value. In the previous lesson, we discussed the need to retain a timer’s accumulated value when the timers enable input transitions from true to false so that we can finish the timing process where we left off. We began to write some code that would allow you to resume timer operation after an interruption.

    In this lesson, we will complete the c...

    Subs available in English
  19. 165. How to Use a Single Switch as Both Start and Stop Switches

    7m 40s · Streamable only

    There may be an occasion when you need to use a single switch in the field as both a start and stop command. In this lesson, we will demonstrate exactly how to use a switch first to start a single motor and then once the motor is running, use the same switch to stop the motor.

    You will also see a couple of ways, using the same single switch, to turn on multiple outputs all at once. Also, that same single switch will be used to turn off those out...

    Subs available in English
  20. 166. How to Vary the Time Value in a Timer with a Single Switch – Part 1

    5m 39s · Streamable only

    In previous lessons we demonstrated how to vary the time value in a timer using three separate switches and some move instructions. In this lesson, we are going to accomplish the exact same task but using only a single switch.

    We will run the conveyor for 5 seconds with the first press, then 7 seconds with the second press and finally 10 seconds with the third press. At any time, if the stop switch is pressed, we will need to start the timing c...

    Subs available in English
  21. 167. How to Vary the Time Value in a Timer with a Single Switch – Part 2

    5m 7s · Streamable only

    In the previous lesson we discussed some ways in which to organize your thoughts and some advice on to how to tackle your program writing tasks.

    In this lesson, we are going to expand on that advice and get started with the simplest portion of the program. We are going to discuss how we decided to start where we did. We will begin with some simple timing logic and expand the program from there. We will start with the first parameter of 5 second...

    Subs available in English
  22. 168. How to Vary the Time Value in a Timer with a Single Switch – Part 3

    5m 7s · Streamable only

    In the previous lesson we began with some simple timing logic and expanded the program a bit to include some things that we will need to keep track of our button presses. In this lesson, we continue with the logic, first adding some code to take care of the 7 seconds parameter.

    After completing that, we add the logic for the 10 seconds run. We find that all of the logic works well together but we are missing an integral portion of code that wil...

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  23. 169. How to Vary the Time Value in a Timer with a Single Switch – Part 4

    7m 40s · Streamable only

    In the previous lesson we created the logic that correctly moved all of the preset timer values with the corresponding press of the button. What we were not able to do was repeat the cycle. In this lesson, we will run through the logic that we have created so far and discuss the dilemma of not being able to rerun the cycle. We’ll find that there are a couple of indicators currently used in the logic that would assist us in being able to run the cyc...

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