There are two sides of the coin as a PLC programmer that you MUST learn to get the job done and that’s the PLC and the HMI. You learned the ins and outs of PLC in my first two PLC courses, and have already developed some pretty complex machine running programs. Practice hands-on HMI / SCADA by creating your own live interfaces for operating systems.
- — Upon completion of this course, you will be able to build HMI / SCADA interfaces using different technologies that allow operators to communicate with a live, running device.
- — Using the PLC software provided as the basis for our interfaces, you can create fully-functional graphical interfaces to track the operation, view warnings, provide control and even log periodic and on-demand data to be stored in a SQL database.
- — You’ll need to download a VERY LARGE archive to get the full benefit of this course. That is Over 30 GB disk! The alternative is to separately download a lot of software and to install and customize it all bit by bit.
- —All software needed for this course can be downloaded from this site (except for VMWare if you are using a Mac).
- — VMWare is the only software you’ll need to worry about running. You can download VMWare Player for free if you have a Windows PC. If you have a Laptop, you’ll need to buy a copy of VMWare Workstation … or use a Windows PC.
- — This course includes experience with RSLogix 500, RSLinx and RSLogix 500 Emulation.
There are two sides of the coin as a PLC programmer that you MUST learn to get the job done and that’s the PLC and the HMI. You learned the ins and outs of PLC in my first two PLC courses, and have already developed some pretty complex machine running programs.
But if people aren’t able to communicate with those computers, they won’t be very useful! In this course, you will learn about HMI and SCADA by designing graphical interfaces that will be used by operators to control an automated process, set operating parameters, and even acquire and store data from a running system.
In order to accomplish these tasks, there are several options on the market and as such we will cover most of them. Wonderware (Schneider Electric / Indusoft) is probably the world’s top process visualization solution. As such, we are going to work extensively on that technology, but we are not going to restrict ourselves to a single kit.
We will also work hands-on with InduSoft, EasyBuilder 5000 and AdvancedHMI, and hands-off with FactoryTalk View Studio and C-More so by the end of this course you’ll really learn and have work experience with much of what people are using in the automation world today.
Why Are There Four PLC Courses?
PLC Tutorial 1 Teaches you how to program ladder logic, which is the most common language for PLC programming. The aim is to teach you all you need to know in order to make a PLC do what you want it to do. You are also given all the necessary software to live both CREATE and RUN your own programs-right on your own computer.
PLC Tutorial 2 Requires you to take what you’ve learned to solve the problem unassisted after the increasingly more challenging task. You get a spec and you’re clearly told: “Make it work and don’t advance until you’ve got it.” Then, you’ll be able to watch me solve each. You don’t know exactly how to program by the end-you ‘re a PROGRAMMER.
PLC Tutorial 3 Gives you both knowledge and experience in different HMI / SCADA production environments in FIVE. In the end, you have created many Full visualization (screen) projects that you can actually run on your own machine (and in an interview, SHOW PEOPLE) without any external hardware.
PLC Tutorial 4 This is for heavyweights only. This course teaches you how to program in different settings, using all five IEC programming languages (plus one more). There are also ventures, and you’ve seen it all by the end and have done it all. Nobody can show you anything that you won’t already be familiar with.
- This course requires students to already know the basics of PLC programming. You should already be familiar with RSLogix 500 memory / IO addresses. As we will be developing interfaces against a running instance of a PLC program running live on RSLogix 500 Emulate, you should already be familiar with that software as well as RSLinx and RSLogix 500.
- For those lacking the requisite knowledge to make the most of this course, my first course “PLC Programming from Scratch (PLC I) covers everything you’ll need and a whole lot more.