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If your job involves work within, or you are considering a career related to, modern industrial facilities, the odds are that you have come across the term Instrument Control Loop. This term defines a common and important aspect of modern industrial facilities. For evidence of just how important knowledge of it is, drop the term “Instrument Control Loop” into LinkedIn’s job search engine and glance over the list of job titles that pops up. Some Read more…

The terms software and firmware both refer to digitally stored programs and data structures that are read and written by computers. In the PLC world, software is usually reserved for computer applications that allow the logical creation, monitoring, and troubleshooting of a PLC program. One example of PLC software is the RSLogix program developed by Allen-Bradley for use with their controllers. Firmware can be referred to as the actual Read more…

The operation of a PLC is very simple. The processor makes decisions based on a ladder logic program written by the user. In order to use the program properly, the PLC must communicate with the various field devices it is tasked with monitoring and controlling. It then compares the actual conditions of the field devices with what the program instructs them to do, and updates the output devices accordingly. Read more…

Programmable Logic Controller

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) have become an integral part of the industrial environment. As a technician involved with the processes controlled by PLCs, it is important to understand their basic functionalities and capabilities. Read more…

PLC Software

PLC Software

In a previous blog entry, we covered the basics of Programmable Logic Control, including components and operation. In this installment, we will discuss PLC software. Software is used in a PLC to create user projects Read more…

Powerful Training

Technology Transfer Services is pleased to announce our complete list of dates for open enrollment training in 2014 at our Houston training facility. For additional information, contact sales@techtransfer.com.

Month Date Topic
April 22nd – 24th Planning and Scheduling
July 15th – 17th Hands on Process Instruments for Engineers
September 23rd – 25th Combined Cycle Heat Rate
October 21st – 23rd Controllogix

PLCs

Programmable logic controllers, or PLCs, are used to automate processes in industry. In the 1960s, the computerized processor replaced the relay logic control system. With the widespread use of PLCs in today’s Read more…