This book represents the best way to learn or get trained on ladder logic programming since it´s like you were buying three different books: One for Theory, one for Lessons and a third one for Real applications. Learning about Programmable Logic Controllers has become a real need for any technician or engineer who wants to work or applying for a job in the field of automation. It has been proven that it becomes a major disadvantage when you are educated on the technology of just one particular manufacturer, because most of the companies have at least two different PLC brands on their industrial processes. You become more competitive if you are able to easily switch from programming one PLC to another, like you were able to speak several languages. This book is not for you if your plans are just to read or learn about a particular brand. This book is mainly focused on PRACTICE to help you understand the concepts. The first chapters will teach you about general theory and all the available PLC technologies using the most common terms and names of industrial automation; knowing the jargon is quite important when attending a job interview.
The second part is dedicated to learn the basic ladder logic instructions used for programming any generic PLC. There is a software tool ( to be downloaded) used to write and test each of the forty step by step hands-on lessons to help you in practicing on Ladder logic programming.
The last part has fourteen industrial PLC applications with project drawings and ladder logic programs, which you can simulate. Practicing with real life examples will help you to understand and reinforce the concepts.
There is some extra and useful material: A first bonus is a short chapter of basic understanding on electricity. You´ll have to refresh this knowledge if you plan to make real connections on PLC applications. A second bonus: The basic ladder logic commands that several important manufacturers use to program their PLCs: Allen Bradley®, Siemens®, General electric®, Triangle Research® and PLC Direct®. It will be easy for you to understand the basic concepts from any specific PLC Manufacturer´s ladder logic since you already have learned the basic instructions. A third bonus: A Software Simulatoris available for downloading so you can perform a hands-on practice of the lessons and the application projects by writing a program on your computer and performing all tests until it works as expected.
This material is ideal for beginners and self-learners with no specific background because no prior knowledge is assumed or required. This book has already been selected by prestigious educational institutions all over the world to train students on industrial automation. The learning methodology used on this book will allow you to troubleshoot, test and debug any PLC application with DIGITALinputs and outputs. Our second book (coming soon) will cover the ANALOG part. Every chapter has questions for you to test yourself how much you have learned. We look for positive reviews so we provide support free of charge:On page 154 you find two e-mail addresses and the steps for you to get support (in English and Spanish) to obtain and install the software, write a program, answer to your doubts and review of your answers to the questions from each chapter. Note to professors and instructors: . Please don´t cut your students´wings by teaching a particular brand of PLC. Try to cover as many brands as possible within your course program. IMPORTANT: Dear reader,your learning experience is important to us.We are pretty vulnerable to negative reviews from people who don´t even read the text,practice the lessons or try the software. Please read the replies to them. We don´t hide, you can contact us at any time.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is not very helpful. After reading the book,what knowledge it increased for me I could have learned in 15-25 minutes. If you expect this book to teach you the do's and dont's or give you as the title suggests a good foundation in fundamentals. it wont!. Its more geared toward making you buy the simulator that the author is hawking.
The books starts out well with fundamentals but about halfway through the book switches to teaching you how to use a software for lab lessons and include a link where you can buy it. From that point to the index its all about teaching you that software and labs that accompany. If you don't buy the software then the second half of the book is meaningless to the reader.
Even if you already have simulators you can not benefit from this book's lab. If fact it would be more honest if the author forewarned that to get the most out of this book you will have to also purchase the simulator, better yet, the book should come with the...
This is the first item that reviews on amazon have let me down. This book is poorly written and bothers me trying to read. There are examples referred to that don't exist. The author is talking on one subject on one page and you think it will be continued on the next.....nope! You can find better information online than what's in this book. And the software that they mention....not a cd, but a website download. Kicker is, when you request the location to download...they never reply back....so no software! DO NOT BUY!!! If you do, you only have yourself to blame.
Book is very well written, clear and precise explanations of the theory and principles of PLCs and logic, good use of examples,simulator is a very good tool to provide hands on interaction to allow those to learn at their own pace. I have been in this industry for 22 yrs and would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn industrial automation, would also made a good training tool or reference manual
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