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The Future of PLCs

February 17, 2022
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Almost every building and facility relies on the automation of their mechanical and electrical systems, or the use of PLCs. In fact, PLCs are used across industries and are found in countless applications within factories, labs, and plants. Their use is only going to increase as more complex facilities undergo construction and factory floors expand.

How the Canada-Ontario Job Grant Can Fund Your Company's Training

February 03, 2022
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As the landscape of manufacturing changes, with plant operations becoming increasingly automated, more technically skilled workers are required to maintain your company’s competitive edge.

How to Get Your T2202 Tax Form from GBC

February 01, 2022

With tax season quickly approaching, it’s time to start preparing and gathering all relevant receipts and paperwork to file your taxes! GBC Technical Training students whose tuition fees have totalled at least $100 are eligible to receive a tax credit for tuition fees through the Tuition and Enrolment Certificate (T2202). Students can access and download their T2202 form from their online student account, which will account for all programs paid for during the 2021 calendar year.

2021 Holiday Hours

December 22, 2021
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With winter break quickly approaching, we wanted to update you on how the holiday break will impact our technical, tutorial, and administrative support.

Office Hours

George Brown College will be closed from Friday, December 24, 2021, to Tuesday, January 4, 2022. We won't be able to speak with you during this time but we are monitoring and responding to email inquires. 

Discrete vs. Analog I/O: What's the Difference?

December 01, 2021
discrete and analog I/O modules

When it comes to learning the foundations of PLC programming, it can be as easy as flicking on and off a switch. That’s the main difference between discrete and analog I/O modules! Discrete signals are simply on or off, whereas analog signals vary. 

SCADA System: What is it and How it Works

November 18, 2021
worker using scada system

When we think about technologies which have revolutionized industrial automation, we often think about a specific piece of hardware we interact with, rather than the software behind the scenes. For factories and manufacturing plants, the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) dramatically improves efficiency and control; yet it’s the SCADA software which runs all the operations smoothly.

The Importance of PLCs in Manufacturing

November 15, 2021
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The common definition one would find on Wikipedia describes a PLC or Programmable Logic Controller as the following:  “ A programmable logic controller (PLC) or programmable controller is an industrial computer that has been ruggedized and adapted for the control of manufacturing processes, such as assembly lines, machines, robotic devices, or any activity that requires high reliability, ease of programming, and process fault diagnosis.

The Basics of Ladder Logic

November 03, 2021
programmable logic controller

One of the top 5 most popular types of PLC programming languages is ladder logic. But what makes it so popular, and what does it take to master the language? Ladder logic is a programming language and one of the first languages that was ever used for PLCs or programmable logic controllers.