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The Importance of Soft Skills in the Workplace

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Students often think that once they gain technical knowledge, they are ready to go and get that career they've always wanted. They often overlook the soft skills, thinking that they're something that we're all naturally good at (or not). 

Standard Practices And Errors Encountered By Beginners When PLC Programming - Part 1

Typical seal in rung

Over these next two installments of our ongoing Practicing PLC Technician Series we will examine some common programming concepts  as well as some of the most common programming errors that occur when utilizing the instructions we have covered in basic control applications.

What Skills Do PLC Students Gain after the GBC Certificate Programs?

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So, you’re interested in a career in PLCs? You’ve chosen one of the most exciting fields in the tech industry with a great outlook. Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) are so versatile and have such a wide range of applications and career opportunities for PLC Technicians. These opportunities include working in a variety of industrial settings, which range from manufacturing to power distribution, food processing, mining, transportation, consumer electronics and many others.

The Basics Of PLC Programming – Part 4

Counter Ladder Logic Circuit

In this installment of our ongoing Practicing PLC Technician Series, we will expand on our knowledge of the virtual counterparts to real world field equipment already familiar to PLC technicians working in industry today.  The last physical device we will be examining is the counter.

How are PLCs used in Robotics, Automation & Electromechanical fields?

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The emergence of the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) heralded a new age of manufacturing. Processes on the factory floor became more automated, more precise, and less costly, which in turn meant a greater quantity of better produced goods for the end consumer at a cheaper price.

The Basics of PLC Programming - Part 3

SQO Instruction

In this installment of the Practicing PLC Technician Series, we continue our investigation into some of the ladder logic instructions that are based on real world field equipment familiar to the technicians of today.  We have covered virtual coils and contacts, as well as timer instructions used for time driven program segments. Here we will be taking a look at a simple Event Driven program segment using another staple of relay logic control systems, the drum sequencer.  This real world contr

The Basics of PLC Programming - Part 2

Cascaded Timers

In our last installment of the Practicing PLC Technician Series, we began to look at some of the similarities between relay logic control circuits and plc ladder logic programming.  Over the next few blogs, we will further examine some additional instructions that are based on real world field equipment or devices that have been included in the ladder logic programming approach available for programming modern PLC’s.

Basic Instructions and Operation of a PLC - Part 1

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.