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Overview

There is a growing demand for new automation development to increase efficiency and quality of products in their production. The new technologies that are rapidly being utilized in manufacturing are increasingly based on PLC and PAC systems. There is a need for qualified personnel to use and maintain these systems as well as to develop new systems.

The PLC program is designed for individuals who may already be working with PLCs and PAC's as well as those with no PLC or PAC experience, but have an interest in Automation; Robotics and Integration.

PLCs and PAC's involve automation in the production of various commodities. Complex process controls such as those found in the manufacturing sector require sensitive and accurate operations. Recent technical developments in PLCs and PAC's have increased the quality and quantity of products and have reduced operating costs. In the same time the area of applications is not limited to industrial applications today PAC's cover also Building Automation System and Life Safety Systems (Fire Protection).

The PLC program provides students with sound training in the principles of operations and maintenance of digital logic devices and design of PLC and PAC applications.

Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.

Career Opportunities

PLC and PAC programming is a basic skill for personnel who service and maintain automation equipment in a variety of companies such as: General Electric, General Motors, Nuclear Generation Plants and many others. In addition, the graduate will be able to maintain complex automation systems, design new system and optimize the manufacturing on existing systems.

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Entry Requirements

Students must have experience with the Windows Operating System and microcomputers. It is strongly recommended students possess a diploma in electronics, electrical or mechanical as a technologist / technician or have a solid understanding of electronics.

Prerequisites

It is your responsibility to ensure that program requirements and course prerequisites as outlined are met. Prerequisites are included for your academic protection. Knowledge of the prerequisite material is assumed by your instructor and instruction will proceed accordingly. Students lacking prerequisites not only jeopardize their own ability to succeed but present unnecessary interruption. If you lack appropriate prerequisites (or Transfer Credit for the prerequisite course) you may be asked to withdraw or transfer to a more appropriate course with the risk of academic/financial penalty.


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Curriculum

Core Courses (5)

PLC101
PLC Basic Programming
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Prerequisite(s):

Experience with the Windows Operating System and microcomputers

This course introduces students to the function and operation of the Allen Bradley - Rockwell PLC and PAC Ladder logic Programming. Topics include PLC5; SLC 500 and CLX 5000 hardware, typical PLC cards, memory map, program execution, the software library, contacts, output coils, timers, counters, Math and Compare instructions on line edit; forcing inputs, using EMU-5 Emulator; EMU-500 and EMU-5000, setting up communication via RS-Linx and programming the PLC and PAC using RS-Logix 5; RS-Logix 500, RS-Logix 5000 a basic interface design using FTAP-VIEW ME software. Note: Bring your safety glasses to class.




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PLC102
PLC Advanced Techniques
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Prerequisite(s):

PLC101-PLC Basic Programming

This course requires the student to have a good understanding of the basic functions and applications involved in PLCs and PACs. It exposes students in programming PLCs and PACs for special applications which require multitasking; multiple language programming e.g. Ladder Logic; SFC; FBD and ASCII Structured Text, working in interrupts and controlling a critical process. Also communications between multiple CPU on the same or remote rack using Produced Consumed TAGS will be explored. Note: Bring your safety glasses to class.




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PLC103
HMI/Factory Talk View Implementation
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Prerequisite(s):

PLC101-PLC Basic Programming & PLC102-PLC Advanced Techniques

This course introduces the student to advanced techniques of the HMI design using FTAP-View ME; SE Local and FTAP View Network Edition. Students learn how to create a local application using FTAP-View Machine Edition to create multiple screen application using Local Messages; Alarming; Animation; Recipe and Run Time application. Using FTAP View SE Local Edition, the student will build an application to provide Data Logging and Alarm server, the connection to the process via RS-Linx classic OPC or RS-Linx Enterprise and the connection to the Access or SQL server database via ODBC.
Using FTAP SE Network the student learns how to setup the HMI Server to provide communication to the FTAP-View Clients. In all applications the faceplates will be used extensively. Note: Bring your safety glasses to class.




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PLC104
Intelligent Servo Control
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Prerequisite(s):

PLC101-PLC Basic Programming; PLC102-PLC Advanced Techniques and PLC103-HMI/Fac TIK Impln

Students learn how to setup a servo system, program basic and advanced motion control systems using simple Move instructions, Motion Axis Move and Motion Axis Stop, as well as Electronic Gearing; Homing; CAM-Follower; CAM-Recovery; Coordinated Linear and Circular Move; Group Moves; Motion Change Dynamics. Topics also include PID and PIDE Process control and RS-Networks for Ethernet and RS-Logic Architect. Note: Bring your safety glasses to class.




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PLC105
Automation Integration and Validation
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Prerequisite(s):

PLC101-PLC Basic Programming; PLC102-PLC Advanced Techniques and PLC103-HMI/Fac TIK Impln & PLC104-Intelligent Servo Control

Students learn how to design a complete Automation based on the Technical Specifications and Design requirements. They learn how to design and integrate to a real machine for high precision Automation Line using CLX 5000-Softlogix 5080 and EMU-5000; RS-Logix 5000. Students receive the Automation AFGD Technical Specification and use Motion Analyzer; Integrated Architecture Builder; Panel Builder and RFQ to select the hardware and implement the logic for the Automation. The logic uses multiple tasking and multiple language programming. Also students design their projects which require screens using FTAP-VIEW Studio creating the application and the system animation as well as the communication to the rest of the line using produced consumed tags. Students learn to design a complete Automation based on the Technical Specifications and Design requirements. Note: Bring your safety glasses to class.




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Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the function of PLCs
  • Execute, upload and download a PLC program
  • Monitor PLC functions
  • Do basic troubleshooting of PLC system
  • Add servo systems to introduce motion control to a PLC application
  • Participate in the design and the integration of PLC system

Completion

Recognition of Achievement

Upon successful completion of the program requirements, please submit a Request for Recognition of Achievement Form to the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training. There is no cost for this and your Recognition of Achievement will be mailed to you.

Program Contacts

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Cherry Langlois
Program Assistant
Cherry.Langlois@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22523


Eduard Loiczli
Part-time Program Coordinator
Eduard.Loiczli@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22420


Sharon Estok
Academic Program Manager
Sharon.Estok@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22515


Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.