Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)

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The College of Western Idaho (CWI) Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) courses offer the latest industry knowledge in manufacturing machine operations controlled by software language. 

The PLC classes are taught using Rockwell Automation Studio 5000 software and an Allen Bradley Compact Logix 5370 Controller.

CWI offers two PLC classes:

PLC Basics I 

This hands-on course exposes you to standard fundamental PLC software and hardware including RSLinxs, I/O modules, power supplies, terminal blocks and, field I/O devices.

Your training in the PLC Basics I course will cover the following topics:

  • Create and configure projects, tasks, and routines
  • Communicate with a controller through RSLinxs "Who's Active"
  • Go online, download and upload project files
  • Program and interpret basic ladder logic instructions
  • Locate, define, and use Tags
  • Use integrated Input and Output I/O Modules
  • Use discrete field I/O devices

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PLC Basics II

This course focuses on advanced Ladder Logic programming concepts using virtual industrial environments.  You will learn to wire and troubleshoot actual electrical controls using relay logic concepts.

Your training in the PLC Basics II course will cover the following topics:

  • Create Industrial PLC projects using routines and subroutines
  • Wire and troubleshoot electrical controls hardware
  • Understand and utilize relay logic concepts
  • Program and implement relay logic concepts utilizing a PLC

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Classes are offered at a variety of locations throughout western Idaho that are taught by knowledgeable professionals with years of experience in the topics they teach.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Identify and understand the components that make up a PLC
  • Understand the role and purpose of PLC's in process control
  • Understand addressing concepts and basic ladder logic
  • Understand the availability and usage of commonly used instructions
  • Develop applicable programs

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