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Each workshop is a combination of  presentation style learning and hands on training with it’s own custom designed trainer.

Participants will receive a 50% hands on learning environment to reinforce the training objectives and lecture materials.

Manuals and handouts provided at no extra cost.





Advanced Programmable Logic Controls


Topics include:

  • Review of basic PLC.
  • Comparison instructions.
  • Move and Logical instructions.
  • Masking.
  • Program Control instructions.
  • Shift registers.
  • Stacking instructions. (FIFO&LIFO)
  • Data handling instructions.
  • Indexed & Indirect addressing.
  • Sequencers.
  • On Line Editing.
  • Forcing.
  • I/O Interrupts.
  • Write, Enter and Test Advanced Program Instructions.


Basic Programmable Logic Controls


Topics include:

  • General PLC information and history.
  • I/O Hardware overview.
  • Typical wiring connections.
  • Software introduction.
  • Basic program instructions.
  • Setting up the communication link.
  • Downloading and going On-Line with a controller.
  • PLC data files and addressing.
  • PLC numbering systems and conversions.
  • Converting relay logic diagrams to PLC commands.
  • Timers, Counters and typical applications.
  • Designing ladder logic programs.
  • PLC system troubleshooting.
  • Typical Industrial control projects.
  • Hands-on practice is provided using Allen Bradley PLC’s and RSLogix / RSLinx Software.


Basic RSLogix 5000


Topics include:

  • Understanding of Control Systems.
  • Overview of the Logix family of hardware.
  • Identifying RSLogix 5000 software components.
  • Identifying industrial networks.
  • Creating and organizing a project.
  • Programming basic ladder logic offline.
  • Configuring RSLinx.
  • Uploading and downloading to the controller.
  • Creating and editing tags.
  • Alias tags.
  • Monitoring and editing projects on-line.
  • Entering and editing instructions.
  • Projects.


Electrical Fundamentals


Topics include:

  • Electrical terminology and units of measurement.
  • Ohms law presentation and examples.
  • Electrical safe work practices.
  • Using digital multimeter to measure voltage, resistance and current.
  • Series circuit rules, labs and troubleshooting techniques.
  • Parallel circuit rules, labs, and troubleshooting techniques.
  • Shock hazards and grounding.
  • Basic wire sizing and color coding.
  • Characteristics and testing of switches, fuses, transformers etc.
  • Use and design of schematic drawings.
  • Wiring and troubleshooting circuits.




Topics include:

  • Review of valve actuators and introduction of solenoids.
  • Review of electrical circuits using pneumatic valve solenoids as loads.
  • Basic Logic Expressions
  • Design and build of basic electro-pneumatic circuits
  • Interlock circuits
  • Review of relays
  • Use of relays in circuits- Design and build
  • Relay latching circuits
  • Application and adjustments of mechanical limit switches
  • Theory and application of cylinder sensors
  • Photo-electric sensors- Thru beam, retro-reflective, diffuse modes
  • Capacitive sensors
  • Inductive proximity sensors


Introduction to Technical Diagrams


Topics include:

  • Electrical Pictorial Diagrams
  • Electrical Line  (Ladder Style) Drawings to include Rung
  • Numbering, Margin Notes and  Wire Numbering
  • Single Line Drawings
  • Wiring Diagrams
  • Electrical Schematics and the Differences
  • Simple AC and DC Circuits
  • Simple Series Circuits and Parallel Circuits
  • Schematic Line  and Connection Descriptions
  • Understanding Electrical Symbols
  • Switches
  • Power Supplies
  • Coils and Transformers
  • Fuses and Circuit Breakers
  • Contacts
  • Resistors to include Rheostats and Potentiometers
  • Schematic Title Blocks
  • Pneumatic and Hydraulic Diagrams
  • Piping Schematics, to include Local Areas and Phantom Lines.
  • Single and Double Line Drawings
  • Fluid Flow and Power Systems
  • Pneumatic and Hydraulic Line Descriptions
  • Identifying Fluid Power Connections
  • Orthographic and Isometric Projections
  • Piping Symbols,  Piping Fittings and  Piping Joint Connections
  • Valve Identification and Schematic Symbols


Leadership Development Series


Topics include:

  • Leadership and Trust
  • Team Building
  • Communication Skills
  • Colors Matrixx
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Situational Leadership
  • Managing Change


Mechanical Systems


Topics include:

  • Fundamental laws and principles of mechanics and mechanical reasoning.
  • Simple machines (gears, pulleys & levers)
  • Subjects to include but not limited to force, torque, work and power
  • Identify different types of gears, belts, pulleys
  • Identify bearing types and usage, to include failure analysis
  • Fastener identification and bolt grades
  • Hand tool identification and proper usage, including drilling & tapping
  • Industrial measurement techniques, including the proper use of steel rules, calipers and micrometers.
  • Lubrication techniques
  • Chains and chain drives
  • Clutches, brakes, and couplers
  • Sealants & Adhesives


Motor Controls & Relay Logic


Topics include:

  • Review of electrical fundamentals.
  • Single and 3 phase AC power systems.
  • Electrical safety considerations.
  • Design characteristics of 3 phase motors.
  • Contactor & Motor starter theory and operation.
  • Overload: Sizing/selection/settings.
  • 2 & 3 wire control: Labs and design. 
  • Theory and use of relays, timers and other control devices.
  • Industrial symbology and line logic design.
  • Use of line and schematic drawings in troubleshooting.
  • Hands-on wiring and troubleshooting of control circuits.




Topics include:

  • Cylinders-Single & Double Acting
  • Control Valves- Position and Way combinations
  • Cylinder Direction Control
  • Cylinder Speed Control
  • Cylinder Force Control
  • Compressed Air Supply
  • Fluid Power Symbols and Schematics


Sensing, Measurement, and Control for Industry


Topics include:

  • Object sensing with photoelectric and inductive sensors
  • Position sensing by an incremental encoder
  • Temperature sensing and control with thermocouples and RTD's

Trainer features:

  • Use of actual industrial sensors and controls
  • Realistic simulations of processes
  • Allows comparisons of measurement and control techniques
  • Results of correct tuning and calibration are demonstrated

Sensor types:

  • Photo-electric (2 modes)
  • Inductive proximity
  • Capacitive proximity
  • Electro-mechanical limit switch
  • Thermocouple
  • Resistance Thermal Device (RTD)

Control Devices:

  • PID Temperature controller
  • Relays (Solid State & Electro-mechanical)
  • Counter
  • PLC with Operator Switch Panel
  • Heater unit
  • 4-20 ma. Transmitter
  • Motorized Conveyor


Soldering Fundamentals


Topics include:

  • Safety
  • General Requirements
  • Materials and Components
  • Soldering Terminal Techniques
  • Wire stripping – Thermal and Mechanical
  • De-Golding and Tinning Procedures
  • Hook Terminals
  • Pierced Terminals
  • Turret Terminals
  • Bifurcated Terminals
  • Electrostatic Discharge Procedures
  • Axial Lead Preparation and Procedures
  • Straight Through/Clinch
  • Vertical Mounts
  • Interface Connection
  • Continuous Wrap
  • Bifurcated
  • Turret
  • High Voltage Solder Joints
  • Wire Splicing


Variable Frequency Drives


Topics include:

  • 3-phase induction motor information.
  • VFD capabilities and theory of operation.
  • VFD keyboard operator interface.
  • VFD setup and parameter input.
  • VFD start and stop methods.
  • VFD speed control methods.
  • VFD installation considerations.
  • Using VFDs for energy efficiency.
  • VFD fault diagnosis and troubleshooting.

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