There’s a version of PLC Basics for every budget!

Every edition of PLC Basics covers the following topics:

PLC "Core" Basics is limited to the topics listed

  • What is a PLC?

    What is a PLC?

  • How to get FREE PLC software

    How to get FREE PLC software

  • Introduction to PLC Program and Data Files

    Introduction to PLC Program and Data Files

  • Introduction to Ladder Logic and Logical Continuity

    Introduction to Ladder Logic and Logical Continuity

  • Introduction to Basic Bit Instructions

    Introduction to Basic Bit Instructions

  • Writing your first PLC program

    Writing your first PLC program

  • Downloading and Testing your program with an A-B Micro PLC

    Downloading and Testing your program with an A-B Micro PLC

  • Downloading and Testing your program to a free PLC emulator

    Downloading and Testing your program to a free PLC emulator

  • Using Latch and Unlatch instructions

    Using Latch and Unlatch instructions

  • Understanding and using Timers

    Understanding and using Timers

  • Understanding and using Counters

    Understanding and using Counters

  • And much more in the (non-core) PLC Basics Second Edition!

    And much more in the (non-core) PLC Basics Second Edition!

PLC Basics: Learn how to use and program PLCs!

Listen to what actual students are saying!

(all quoted student statements are from unsolicited, public reviews posted by paying customers)

Very informative and well structured course. Easy to follow and great for the beginner.
AF
AF
The content covers all the topics you need to start with PLC's and the instructor explains very clear.
AH
AH
Course is very good at presenting the PLC hardware and basic programming instructions. Instructor speaks very clearly, and details what is being demonstrated.
JS
JS
Shawn really takes to heart what he teaches, and does it very well. I would recommend this course to anyone who really wants to start learning plc's. GOOD JOB SHAWN
NE
NE
The tutor has made the videos in a clever fashion. They are not too long to make you bored. At the same time, he delivers the necessary information. Definitely would recommend this to any beginner!
MH
MH
From having no knowledge of plc's and ladder logic, to creating simple programs, This course did exactly what it was supposed to do, introduction into plc's.
MII
MII
Very informative and easy to understand!!!! A great way to get a basic knowledge of PLC!!
FC
FC
Instructor is confident and very well organized. Presents the basics in a clear and concise manner. Videos are of high quality.
FW
FW
This course was excellent at getting the inside concepts of a plc and what it does! Shawn had me running a plc program in a emulator within hours.
FB
FB
This course was very clear to understand. It has taught me a lot of useful information,
DP
DP
Easy and simple, clear and for everyone understandable. Very instructive and good instructor too!
FR
FR

PLC Core Basics Single DVD Edition

$15

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  • Original 2014 Edition
  • Single DVD In Sleeve
  • Two Hours Long

PLC Core Basics Digital Edition

$26

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  • Original 2014 Edition
  • Lifetime Streaming
  • Two Plus Hours Long

PLC Core Basics Two Disc DVD Set

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  • Original 2014 Edition
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  • Two Plus Hours Long
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PLC Basics Second Edition Digital

$55

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  • New 2016 Edition
  • Lifetime Streaming
  • Nearly Five Hours Long

PLC Basics Second Edition DVD Set

$75

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  • $99 Without Coupon
  • New 2016 Edition
  • Four Disc DVD set
  • Nearly Five Hours Long

Course Description, Goals, and Lesson Listing:


PLC Basics, Second Edition


Course Description

In PLC Basics you’ll learn everything you need to know to get started using and programming PLCs!

And you’ll learn it from a professional PLC programmer with over twenty five years of real world PLC programming and troubleshooting experience.

PLC Basics starts with an introduction for new users that covers what a PLCs is, where they are used, what styles and types they come in, what input and output devices are commonly wired to them, and where you can find free manuals and documentation for them.

Next, for those students who’ve been out of school for a number of years, a refresher is provided that covers common numeral systems, types of numbers, units of information, and data types used with PLCs so all students will feel comfortable discussing Bits, Bytes, and Words, as well as Singed Integer and Floating Point Data Types.

From there, key concepts PLC programmers have to know are introduced, including what components make up a PLC ladder logic program, as well as how those programs are scanned and solved by the PLC’s processor.

The instructor even demonstrates how students (in most countries) can freely download the three PLC programs used in this course right from Rockwell Automation! Perfect for anyone who want to follow along using a Windows 7 or XP compatible PC!

Then for the majority of the course you’ll learn to write, download, and test over a dozen PLC programs, all based on real world examples!

In them, you’ll learn how to use Bit, One Shot, Latch, Timer, Counter, Math, Compare, and File instructions with both the free PLC Emulator, as well as with Allen-Bradley PLCs using serial and Ethernet communications.

And if you’re not completely satisfied, and don’t feel you can give PLC Basics a full five stars for meeting it’s claim of being able to teach you how to use and program PLCs, you are encouraged to return it for a full refund using Udemy’s 30 day no questions asked guarantee!

So what are you waiting for?

You no longer have to hope someone will take you under their wing, or that the boss will spend thousands of dollars to send you off to factory training!

With PLC Basics, you can learn how to use and program PLCs today!

Course Goals

At the end of this course, students will be able to…

  • Understand what a PLC is, where they are used, what common input and output devices are typically wired to them, what different styles and types they come in, and how to find free PLC manuals and documentation
  • Understand the different numeral systems, types of numbers, units of information, and data types commonly used with PLCs
  • Download, install, configure, and navigate Rockwell / Allen-Bradley’s RSLogix PLC programming software, RSLinx communications software, and RSEmulate PLC emulation software
  • Create over a dozen PLC Ladder Logic programs based on real world examples using Bit, One Shot, Latch, Timer, Counter, Math, Compare, and Move instructions
  • Setup Ethernet and Serial communications, Go online, Upload and Download Programs, Monitor and Troubleshoot Ladder Logic, and Problem Solve Common Coding Issues

Who should take this course? Who should not?

  • This “PLC Basics” course is designed as an introductory course for new users who want to learn to use and program PLCs!
  • This course is also recommended as the starting point for those who wish to go on to learn about the SLC-500, PLC-5, CompactLogix or ControlLogix programmable controllers.
  • This is a basic introductory course which is not targeted at advanced users or experienced programmers.=

What will students need to know or do before starting this course?

  • Students should have a basic understanding of electricity, and at a minimum understand simple on/off electrical circuits prior to taking this course
  • Students who do not wish to follow along, or who already have RSLogix installed, may skip the sections covering downloading and installing software
  • New users with a Microsoft Windows XP or 7 PC who wish to follow along are shown how the (USA based) instructor downloaded the free Rockwell software (aka Allen-Bradley) packages used in this course.
  • NOTE: Rockwell does not yet officially support Windows 10, and we can not verify if they make the software available online in every country.

Section and Lesson Listing

Section 1: Course Introduction – 1:21

Section 2: PLC Fundamentals and Hardware – 43:37

In this section you’ll become familiar with PLC Fundamentals and Hardware

  • What is a PLC? – 1:28
  • Where are PLCs used? – 1:41
  • Anatomy of a PLC – 1:04
  • Styles and Types of PLCs – 4:22
  • Input and Output Devices used with PLCs – 1:24
  • The PLCs used in this course – 2:17
  • MicroLogix hardware tour – 14:51
  • Programming Cables used with the MicroLogix – 13:10
  • PLC Manuals and Documentation – 3:20

Section 3: Numbering Systems and Data Types – 10:48

In this section you’ll learn about numeral systems, types of numbers, units of digital information, and common data types used by PLCs

  • Numeral Systems – 3:34
  • Types of Numbers – 1:31
  • Units of Digital Information – 1:19
  • Data Types – 4:24

Section 4: Ladder Logic – 10:54

In this section you’ll learn about the components that make up a Ladder Logic program, how those programs are evaluated

  • Ladder Logic components, logical continuity, processor scan – 10:54

Section 5: PLC Software, Memory, and Communications – 32:59

In this section you’ll learn how to download, setup, navigate and configure the free software used in this course

  • Downloading the free PLC software used in this course – 2:59
  • Installing RSLogix, RSLinx, and Emulate Step-By-Step – 3:18
  • RSLogix Basics – 3:26
  • PLC Memory: Program and Data Files – 3:56
  • Emulate setup, RSLinx Config, Going Online – 6:01
  • Configuring Serial Communications – 4:11
  • Configurating Ethernet Communications – 8:58

Section 6: PLC Programming – 2:51:32

In this section you’ll learn to write several different PLC programs used in real world applications

  • Creating Ladder Logic using Basic Bit Instructions – 11:38
  • Program 1: Simple On/Off and Motor Control – 21:09
  • Program 2: Adding Run Stop Indication, and Right Click Editing – 7:20
  • Program 3: Using a Bin Full PhotoEye to Stop Production – 5:49
  • Program 4: Better Motor Control – 10:31
  • Timers – 13:31
  • Program 5: Sensing Conveyor Jams and No Production – 13:12
  • Program 6: Machine Run Time – 7:20
  • Program 7: Delayed Reset – 5:17
  • Timer Extra Credit – 7:20
  • Counters – 6:25
  • Program 8: Part Counts using Photo Eyes and Buttons – 7:32
  • Program 9: Store Production Counts in Integer File, then Reset – 9:49
  • Program 10: Only allow production counts to be stored and reset once per shift – 7:59
  • Program 11: Build a clock using a timer and three counters – 8:37
  • Program 12: Calculate Plantwide Total and Scrap Production – 11:26
  • Program 13: Estimate Future Production and Calculate Good to Scrap Ratios – 05:58
  • Program 14: Using Comparison Instructions to prevent Processor Faults – 10:39

Section 7: Course Conclusion – 10:47

  • Final Lesson – 3:33
  • Appendix: Products used in this course – 7:14

 


PLC “CORE” Basics 


Course Description

July 2016 *** The original best seller is back, and now even more affordable! ***

I’m very happy to announce I’ve re-released my original PLC Basics course in this new, super affordable “Core” edition!

Cut from the original 2014 course which earned a 4.6 out of 5 star rating with students in over 45 counties, this trimmer two hour edition has been simplified to include only the “core” topics you need to know to begin using and programming PLCs!

Note: I highly recommend reviewing this courses lesson descriptions prior to purchasing. Also, customers looking for my new, completely re-recorded five hour edition should instead check out my full PLC Basics course.


In PLC “Core” Basics you’ll learn what you need to know to begin using and programming PLCs!

And you’ll learn it from a professional PLC programmer with over twenty five years of real world “in the field” PLC programming and troubleshooting experience.

PLC “Core” Basics starts with an introduction for new users that covers what a PLCs is, what styles and types they come in, and what is the lowest cost PLC you can learn on that still programs like the most popular PLC used in North America today.

From there, key concepts PLC programmers have to know are introduced, including what components make up a PLC ladder logic program, as well as how those programs are scanned and solved by the PLC’s processor.

The instructor even demonstrates how students (in most countries) can freely download the three PLC programs used in this course right from Rockwell Automation! Perfect for anyone who want to follow along using a Windows 7 or XP compatible PC!

Then for the majority of the course you’ll learn to write, download, and test PLC programs using Bit, Latch, Timer, and Counter instructions with both the free Programming Software and PLC Emulator, as well as with Allen-Bradley PLCs using serial communications.

So what are you waiting for? PLC “Core” Basics is so affordable!

You no longer have to hope someone will take you under their wing, or that the boss will spend thousands of dollars to send you off to factory training!

The fact is, with PLC “Core” Basics you can learn how to use and program PLCs today!

Course Goals

At the end of this course, students will be able to…

  • Understand what a PLC is, and how to read Ladder Logic
  • How to download, setup and use RSLogix, RSLinx, and RSEmulate
  • Understand Data Table files O, I, S, B, T, and C
  • Configure RSLinx communications to Emulated PLCs, as well as the Serial DF1 driver and cables used with A-B PLCs
  • Write, download, go online, test, and troubleshoot PLC Ladder Logic programs using Bit, Latch, Timer, and Counter instructions.

Who should take this course? Who should not?

  • This course is not the newest, nor is it the longest version of the course, however it is the least expensive. Those students looking for the newest and longest version of the course should check out my full PLC Basics course.
  • This introductory PLC course is designed for those people without prior PLC experience who want to get started using and programming PLCs as quickly as possible as inexpensively as possible.
  • This course is also recommended as the starting point for beginners who would like to go on to learn about other A-B Programmable Controllers, including the CompactLogix and ControlLogix

What will students need to know or do before starting this course?

  • Students should have a basic understanding of electricity, and at a minimum understand simple on/off electrical circuits prior to taking this course
  • Students who wish to follow along will also need a personal computer which supports the free software used in this course, as well as know how to use said PC. As of May 2016, A-B’s free PLC software supports Microsoft Windows up to Windows 7

Section and Lesson Listing

Course Introduction – 01:48  

Section 1: PLC Fundamentals – 0:30:37 

  • PLC Hardware – 02:12
  • PLC Software – 04:29
  • PLC Memory – 05:51
  • Ladder Logic – 12:56
  • Basic Bit Instructions – 05:09

Section 2: PLC Programming – 1:37:38

  • Your First Program – 14:40
  • Download to PLC and Test – 18:06
  • Download to Emulator and Test – 10:27
  • Programming with Latch Instructions – 13:38
  • Programming with On and Off Delay Timer Instructions – 17:40
  • Programming with Retentive Timers and Reset Instructions – 07:47
  • Programming with Counter Instructions – 12:49
  • Final Lesson – 02:31

Section 3: Appendix (not available on Single DVD edition) – 0:09:20

  • Appendix A – Parts used in this course – 05:51
  • Appendix B – Low cost programming cables – 3:29 