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Overview

This is the introduction to PLCs for which baffled students, technicians and managers have been waiting. In this straightforward, easy-to-read guide, Bill Bolton has kept the maths to a minimum, avoided detailed programming instructions and presented the subject in a way that is not device specific - increasing its applicability to courses in electronics and control systems. The third edition has been expanded to contain new material on fail/safe operating conditions, Sequential Function Charts, floating point numbers and dummy rungs, with discussion of commercial PLCs. There is also extended coverage on the programming of PLCs for fault diagnosis, as well as distributed systems and program documentation. Each chapter is followed with a Problems section, for students to put the theory they have learnt into practice. Appendices contain further problems, and answers to all questions from each chapter are included at the back of the book.

Audience: First year undergraduate degree students, and similar level qualifications (HNC / HND and BTEC Nationals). Secondary: apprentice trainees in industry; manufacturing engineers and technicians wishing to update their knowledge of PLC technology.

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This revision of the 1996 edition, suitable for a first university course, is in line with new specifications for programmable logic controllers. Includes expanded sections on PLC's internal architecture, input-output devices/processing, networks, and sequencers and continuous control. Appends information on number systems (decimal, binary, hexadecimal) and answers to chapter problems. Lacks references and identification of the author's affiliation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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“If you’re looking for a good introduction to PLCs or you haven’t worked with them for a while and need to brush up, then this is the book for you.”
— Melanie Martella, www.sensormag.com, December 2006
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750659864
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 7/15/2003
  • Edition description: Third
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

W. Bolton has worked in industry, as well as academia as a senior lecturer in a College of Technology, a member of the Nuffield Advanced Physics team, adviser on British Government Aid project to Brazil on technical education, UNESCO consultant in Argentina and Thailand, Head of Research and Development at the Business and Technician Education Council, now retired. He has written many engineering textbooks including: Mechatronics 4th ed., Engineering Science 5th ed., Higher Engineering Science 2nd ed., Mechanical Science 3rd ed., Instrumentation and Control Systems.

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A concise, thoroughly practical and accessible introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers.
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Programmable logic controllers
2 Input-output devices
3 Input/output processing
4 Programming
5 Internal relays
6 Timers
7 Counters
8 Shift registers
9 Data handling
10 Designing programs
11 Testing and debugging
App. A Number systems
Problems
App. B Logic gates
App. C An example of an industrial program
Answers
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2006

    'Poor dimenstrations, poor explanations and examples'

    I found this book very poorly written and poorly explained. I read several books on PLC progamming and this is by far the worse. The money isn't the issue but the usage that I gain from this book range from 1 thru 10, I'll give it a 2.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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