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Basic Instructions and Operation of a PLC - Part 1

July 22, 2019
PLC Components

In this installment of the Practicing PLC Technician series, we are going to look at the basic structure of a PLC and how it operates. 

5 Sectors That Are Opening Up To People with PLC Training

June 07, 2019
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The PLCs market was valued at $396 US Million in 2017 and is expected to reach approximately $825 US Million by 2024 with a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 11% over this period.

What Are the Different Types of PLC Programming Languages

May 14, 2019
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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) are general-purpose control devices often used in plants or manufacturing systems. They provide both a useful and efficient control solution for a variety of applications, and can accept inputs from a variety of devices, such as motion detectors, joysticks and buttons, amongst others. In turn, PLCs are able to produce outputs that control lights, motors and sound effects, amongst others.

File Based Addressing Tips - Part II

April 18, 2019
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In our second installment of the Practicing PLC Technician series, we continue our examination of the basics of File Based Addressing for students and practicing PLC technicians.  In our last article, we examined the overall data file system used.  We defined the default file types used in files 0 – 8.  We then moved on to discuss the default data files specifically relating to inputs and outputs.  Each of these files is comprised of memory locations made up of 16 bit words.  Each word corres

File Based Addressing Tips - Part I

March 26, 2019
Memory Allocation

This is the first in a series of brief articles discussing important topics specific to PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) technicians and technician students preparing for a role in an increasingly automated workforce. In this series we will be discussing skills and knowledge unique to the understanding of PLC’s.

Five Common Issues with PLCs & How to Solve Them

March 25, 2019
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PLCs are digital electronic devices that contain programmable memory that can store a series of instructions. As PLCs have increased in functionality and decreased in cost, they have become mainstream in the world of automated systems, and have become fundamental to monitor and control both individual machines and complex processes.

Allen Bradley vs Siemens: What’s the difference between these PLC tools?

February 08, 2019
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Industrial automation has been well underway for decades, with the birth of modern industrial engineering and computers forever changing the manufacturing landscape as early as the 1950s.

How to Get Your 2018 T2202A Tax Receipt

February 01, 2019
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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 totaled at least $100 are eligible to receive a tax credit for tuition fees through the Tuition, Education and Textbook Amounts Certificate (T2202A).