Automation for Non-Programmers: Ladder Logic

Subject: Programming
Taught by Mark S.
  1. Saturday June 15, 10:00 - 12:00 PM
  2. Sunday June 16, 10:00 - 12:00 PM
  3. Sunday June 23, 10:00 - 12:00 PM

Ladder Logic is a graphical paradigm that enables the development and maintainance of sophisticated control systems without knowledge of textual programming languages such as C, Basic, Assembler, etc. Ladder Logic is inherently parallel and multi-tasking and frees the inventor from worrying about interrupts, stacks, and other advanced programming topics usually needed for real-time control. Students will learn the basics of Ladder Logic diagramming and get an overview of advanced topics. Basic electrical knowledge will be helpful. Students should understand complete circuits. Basic Windows skills are required. Students are encouraged to have an application in mind.

* Fee Notes: All students will receive a custom PLC to take home. A 100+ value.


Bujin-ology - Sunday, 2 June at 15:34

Any introductory material that you think might be beneficial for the newcomers? Like references that you favor or other resources? Thanks for clearing up what "basic complete circuit" entails. See you soon.

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DrBoom - Monday, 3 June at 09:23

The main pre-requisite is hard to quantify. It's the ability to think logically about the organization of an automation problem. In the third class session, students will work an automation problem with the instructor's guidance and supervision. The instructor will assign problems but if you want to bring your own automatic control application to the class, you can work on that.

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DrBoom - Friday, 14 June at 09:00

Each student will need a Windows computer to run the software and it occurred to me last night that this has not been stated anywhere. If you can bring a Windows notebook, that will be helpful and you will be using your own familiar computer. If you can't bring a computer, don't worry, we have a few student computers at the lab.

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