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Designed for Self / Home Study

  • Learn PLCs at your own pace

  • Includes all Hardware and Software for Hands-on experience.

  • Complete documentation

PLCs & Control : Personal Study Course

  • Practical hands-on Training
  • Fully Illustrated Text Book
  • Step-by-step Instruction
  • Real World Exercises
  • Ideal for Group or Individual Study


Self Study Kit $299 Self-Study Course Kit
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Hands-on PLC Training experience at home. The Personal Study Kit includes all the necessary course material, software and hardware required to learn PLC basics, write and execute programs.

The course material begins with an introduction to electrical control circuits and is fully illustrated to aid understanding of each topic presented. As the course progresses, I/O types and their usage is explained along with good wiring practices and networking. The balance of the material presented deals with the actual programming and covers each segment in detail Exercises for each chapter make use of the Solves-It! PLC and Trainer board to provide hands-on example of theory.

Course & Kit Details

  • KIT Contents
  • Course Outline
  • Qty 1, Solves-It! Plug-In PLC, Model SI-210
  • Qty 1, Solves-It! Programming Cable, Model SI-PGM
  • Qty 1, Din-rail / Subplate Mounting Socket, Part Number 115-105328
  • Qty 1, Trainer / Simulator Board with transformer, Model SI-DEMO-02
  • Qty 1, EZ LADDER® Toolkit - Standard Edition on CD, Part Number EZLDCD-01
  • All Product Manuals (on CD)
  • PLCs & Control: A Practical Approach Student's Manual (on CD)
  • PLCs & Control: A Practical Approach Student's Workbook (on CD)
The program outline below lists topics covered in each section of PLCs & Control - A Practical Approach course of study. The material is presented in a concise manner that makes it easily understandable. Example programs for each of the function types provide positive re-enforcement for the theory covered in the section. All material on the CD for printing is provided in PDF format to allow access for quick reference.

I. PLC & Control - An Overview
Introduction to Electrical Control Circuits
Early Relay Logic Control 
What Is a PLC?            
Advantages to Using PLCs  
What to Look for in a PLC            

II. PLC/Control Digital I/O Circuits
PLC Input Circuits
PLC Output Circuits
Network I/O
Common Power Supplies 

III. PLC/Control Wiring Practices
Understanding Wire Types
Wire Routing

IV. PLC Programming Basics
Ladder Logic Diagram basics
Links & Power Rails                                                              
Ladder Logic Diagram Scanning
The Solves-It! Trainer
Getting to Know EZ LADDER
Hardware Targets
Objects & Functions
Verifying & Compiling Projects
Downloading & Running Projects

V. Basic Circuits
AND (Series) Circuit
OR (Parallel) Circuit
Combination Parallel/Series Circuits

VI. Timer Circuits
Timer Circuits
Delay on Pickup Circuit
Delay on Drop-out Circuit
Combining Timer Circuits

VII. Counter Circuits     
Count Up Circuit
Count Down Circuit
Up/Down Counter Circuit
High Speed Counting

VIII. Analog Circuits w/Math
Analog Inputs  (0-5V/0-10V/4-20mA)
Scaling Analog Inputs
Averaging Analog Inputs   

IX. Comparison Circuits
Basic Comparison Circuits
Advanced Selection and Limiting Circuits
Hysteresis in Control

X. Bit Manipulation Circuits
Bit Manipulation Circuits 
Packing / Unpacking Bits to/From Integers

XI. Trigger & Latching Circuits
Triggering Circuits
Flip Flops
Latching / Unlatching Circuits

XII. Memory  Types & Circuits
Types of Memory - Volatile/Non-volatile
Retentive Memory

XIII. Drum Sequencer Circuits
What Is a Drum Sequencer
 Understanding a Drum Sequencer Matrix

XIV. Displaying Control Values
Displaying Values
Display Update Rates

XV. Variable Conversion Circuits
Why Convert Variable Types

XVI. Putting it all Together