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Hands on PLC Training : PLC Training Best Practices

Hands on PLC training  

This is section 5 Hands on PLC Training of the PLC Training Best practices. Certain knowledge and especially some skills are best delivered in hands on PLC training using a real PLC. The import other half of hands on PLC training is the evaluation and immediate interaction by instructor to insure student is using best practices to perform task at hand.

Hands on PLC training can be delivered in the class on real PLCs or out in the field on actual equipment. The best practice is to deliver the hands on PLC training in the quiet controlled environment of a class room. There will be lessons learned that are critical to working with PLCs in the real world that can not be learned in a training software, or a video course or by taking just an online PLC training course. Like having communication problems while trying to connect your laptop to PLC. Additionally there are some who's strongest learning type is kinetic (hands-on), for those the hands-on part of PLC training is critical for understanding and retention. That is what the PLC training tip and best practices contained in these 10 sections address. This page is for Section 5 of these 10

Hands-on PLC Training Tips:

Section 5: Hands on PLC Training:

The tips and best practices on this page will be helpful for ...

The maintenance manager, PLC training instructor, commercial electrician, industrial electrician, instrumentation tech, mechatronics tech, industrial engineer, industrial IT person industrial software programmer or the mechanic cross training and others.

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Hands-on PLC Training Best Practices:

5.1 Hands on PLC training task:

Hardware introduction (PLC types, Modules and supporting hardware like communication cables and adapters).

Computer usage best practices as they relate to working with PLCs.

Safety procedure confirmation (like LOTO)

Connecting to PLC, uploading and downloading.

Commissioning PLC and related equipment.

Online programming safety and best practices.

Accessing PLCs on a network

5.2 Hands on via PLC training simulators:

Different types of PLC simulators net different results and a all types of PLC simulator approach is best. There are PLC troubleshooting software simulators, PLC ladder logic writing and execution software simulators, and PLC simulators using real PLCs, buttons and lights.

5.2.1 PLC Simulation software only

Linked to real world simulations is best.
When learning PLC programming, you want PLC simulator linked to real world simulation and ability to alter ladder logic and see real time results.
Ladder Logic only simulators are better than none and could have its place as part of a larger hands-on curriculum.

5.2.2 PLC simulator using real PLC

Training equipment that use real PLCs of various brands, provide experience connecting and communicating and configuring communication drivers. Something PLC simulation software lacks.
Using a PLC as trainer can be accomplished with structured lessons, but an experienced PLC training instructor guiding one is best.

5.3 PLC commissioning best practices

Never use default node and IP address

Verify your I/O first, then manual operations, the auto.(Testing and calibration)

Never leave a PLC force in place longer than 24 hours, follow safety protocol.

Use auto I/O configuration when ever possible over manual I/O Configuration

The revision note process starts with commissioning and should continue the life of the asset.

A communication loop and protocol needs established between the field service tech commissioning and the design engineering staff.

More coming soon ...

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