Do you recommend a specific type of Plc trainer? The place I work now is an industrial site but all the controls are DDC and I would like to get some hands on training for Plc programming. Any advice is appreciate. Thank you!
Hi Danny. Direct Digital Control (DDC) have 1 of 3 programming languages. * Line programming (being familiar with computer programming is needed. It is similar or can be Structured Text (ST) like PACs have. * Template or menu-based programming (best to study that specific vendor's manual and seek training from them, as layout will be specific to their brand.) * Graphical or block programming. (Once again, similar to function block programming a PAC uses.Also best to seek vendor specific training for your particular brand of DDC.)
Of course if your DDC system uses a PAC like Rockwell's RSLogix 5000/Contrologix/Compactlogix, then start with the course bin95.com/ebooks/controllogix_rslogix_5000.htm (you would search google for public hands on courses for the individual in PAC.) Otherwise, I would recommend you review www.ddc-online.org/ and seek training from vendor for your specific brand of DDC. PLC ladder logic is not used much in DDC, unless they are using a PAC, then it is possible. Note: We recommend most get hands on PLC training (Ladder Logic) before moving on to PACs (industrial computers, computer architecture and programming).