What does a programmable logic controller (PLC) technician do within the broader electrical industry?
A PLC is a programmable logic controller.
PLCs come in all shapes and sizes, but generally speaking, they look something like the picture above.
They can have a small number of inputs and outputs (I/O).
Others have literally thousands upon thousands of I/Os connected to other PLC systems.
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PLC Power: Industrial PLC Programming
PLC I/O devices are compatible with industrial controls. As we’ve written, “PLCs can be adapted for a number of automation tasks.”
These tasks include processes for “assembly lines, amusement rides, and even light fixtures. This makes for a versatile tool that can be highly customized to fit production needs.”
PLCs are also what’s called ruggedized computers.
This means they’ve been designed, engineered, and manufactured specifically to function in all sorts of industrial conditions.
PLCs operate within industrial and manufacturing environments.
They are built to withstand strong vibrations, extremes of temperature, humidity, and other harsh conditions.
The PLC’s effect on manufacturing automation can’t be overstated.
It is in many ways not only the brains but the heartbeat behind modern manufacturing and automation.
Where programmable automation and manufacturing processes are in place, a PLC manages the workload. What’s more, industrial PLC setup, maintenance, and repair require PLC technicians to manage that workload.
Prairie Electric and Industrial PLC Programming
Prairie Electric’s team will make sure your PLCs continue to make your industrial and manufacturing processes more efficient.
Our PLC technicians understand industrial integrated systems and processes. They are skilled at installing, measuring, monitoring, and correcting PLC automation. This is true wherever and whenever necessary — whether it’s actuators and positioners or higher-level electrical connections.
Our team provides turnkey system integration and planning along with application evaluation and PLC-based control systems. What’s more, our industrial PLC programming services include continuous support throughout the life of the product(s). And you own the schematics and PLC programs.
Prairie electricians work with building design teams to install lighting layouts that meet the needs of the space, including factors such as natural light, energy efficiency, and aesthetics. We will ensure that the lighting fixtures, switches, and controls are installed correctly and work properly. This is particularly important in commercial and government buildings that often require complex lighting systems for security, emergency response, and energy management.
Prairie Electric’s programmed PLC technicians are well-versed, knowledgeable, and experienced in all PLC programming languages. They understand structured text (ST), logic programs, instruction lists, automation systems, etc. They maintain wiring diagrams, ladder diagrams (LD), function block diagrams, motion control systems, and more.
We’ve provided PLC programming services for a number of manufacturing companies. These include Reser’s Fine Food, Pacific Foods, Darigold, Pillar/Amino, and more.
We specialize in a number of industrial programming disciplines, too. These include design-build, sequential function charts, UL 508 panel shop, automation engineering, and more.
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