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Engineering360: "How the PLC Revolutionized Industrial Process Control"

10/06/2016 12:00 AM

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Re: How the PLC Revolutionized Industrial Process Control

02/23/2017 5:43 PM

Glad you clarified for readers (at least indirectly), that PACs "are complete, specialized computers optimized for industrial control ..."

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Re: How the PLC Revolutionized Industrial Process Control

02/04/2020 3:18 AM

Recently I got interested in PLC programming and I'm wondering if it's possible to learn it by oneself with having a degree. I know that many people managed to learn programming without going to a college I myself managed to learn how to code in python and c# by only reading books and taking various courses from sites like Udemy, Linda, etc. I have two questions:
1.) How difficult it would be to get started with plc programming and how different is from software engineering?
2.) Where can I find a good and preferably not too expensive PLC just to get started ? AutomationDirect, Famaga is there a better option?

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Re: How the PLC Revolutionized Industrial Process Control

05/03/2021 12:04 PM

The biggest difference for a programmer would be understanding ladder logic. Once that is learned, the rest of learning PLC programming will be easy for a typical programmer.

(Most typical programmers use text-based programming languages and find learning a graphical programming language based on industrial electrical control diagrams, frustrating. )

The AD is a good choice. But before you buy hardware, I would first take a basic course with simulations for a better (and quicker) understanding of PLC programming.

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