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Industrial Controllers

Course 3
Industrial Controllers: PLCs, PACs, Industrial PCs
Features and components
In automated plants, wired logic – based on relays – has been replaced by programmable units. The lesson shows how to improve automatic plant management; the benefits of PLCs/PACs/industrial PCs as robust, modular and high performance automation solutions; and the methodologies for correctly programming, deploying and servicing these units. Moreover, it is shown how to handle analog and digital signals from sensors and how to drive actuators in industrial plants.
 To optimize the benefits of PLCs, PACs and industrial PCs and to compare their environments
To effectively select the programming languages
To know the standards that rule industrial controllers
To obtain an overview on available offer
Suggested duration: 1 or 2 days depending on the depth to be reached.
1. PLCs 1.1Structure
1.2 Operating principles
1.3 Scan cycle
1.4 PLCs vs. wired logic
1.5 Programming languages
1.6 Programming examples
1.7 Types of PLCs available on the market 
1.8 Selection criteria
2. PACs 
2.1 Definition 
2.2 Differences and similarities with PLCs 
2.3 Architecture 
2.4 Programming languages 
2.5 PACs available on the market 
2.6 Selection criteria
3. Industrial PCs 
3.1 Traditional PCs: features and selection criteria 
3.2 Embedded PCs: features and selection criteria
3.3 Operating systems and programming languages
4. Application examples
5. Conclusions
5.1 How to choice among PLCs, PACs and Industrial PCs 
5.2 Mixed architectures