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Introduction to programmable logic controllers

Training course

This module is Designed to give delegates an introduction to PLC controlled systems, the programme aims to familiarise them with the associated equipment and terminology, as well as the writing and implementation of simple programs.

Target group

Maintenance technicians.


  • Components of PLC control systems
  • Inputs and outputs
  • Signal processing
  • Central processing unit
  • Logic functions
  • Programming languages: Ladder diagram, Instruction list
  • Overview of Function block diagram:
    • Structured text
    • Sequential function chart
    • Continuous function chart languages
  • Program documentation
  • Sequence control
  • Variables
  • Online monitoring
  • Timers
  • Fault finding
  • Sequential control
  • Flags
  • Timers

Training outcomes

  • Identify the component parts of a PLC controlled system
  • Describe logic and memory functions as used in a PLC application
  • Make effective use of pre-programming documentation to structure a program
  • Understand the basic structure of Ladder Diagram PLC programs
  • Understand the basic structure of Instruction List PLC programs
  • Write and apply basic PLC programs in Ladder Diagram and Instruction List languages
  • Construct simple control applications using a PLC
  • Monitor programs on-line

Course dates

  • To be confirmed


3 days

Booking & Enquiries

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Thorite Training Academy, Thorite House, Laisterdyke, Bradford, BD4 8BZ

Tel: 01274 663471
Fax: 01274 657024

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