What readers will learn from this article.
- Overview of how a programmable logic controller (PLC) operates.
- Communication methods used to connect the PLC to equipment.
- Dangerous practices that will lead to trouble if not corrected.
A process logic controller is a computer designed for monitoring and controlling equipment. The personal computer that many people have at home is designed to accept signals from the keyboard or mouse and use instructions (software) to display the resulting effects on a screen (monitor). A PLC accepts signals (inputs) from sensors located throughout a piece of equipment or process plant. It then follows the instructions (program) within its memory and sends out commands (output) to operate equipment. [Read more…]