When I started learning PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) programming long back, there were a lot of questions where in mind.
- How to learn PLC?
- What are the PLC topics I should cover?
- Can I learn PLC at home for free?
- What is the software required for PLC?
- How to install PLC on my personal computer without paying for it?
Now after putting my efforts for learning PLC programming and working on some PLC projects, I would like to share my thoughts.
How to learn PLC Programming from Zero to Hero?
The first step is to install all the required software for PLC programming.
To excel PLC programming you have to follow some standard procedure for developing any PLC project.
Let’s see one-by-one starting from installing PLC software.
How to Installing PLC Software on Your System?
Unfortunately, most of the standard PLC software are not free. They are very expensive for students or individual to purchase.
Good news. Some of these brands provide a free basic version for practicing and learning PLC programming.
If you are new and learning PLC, I guess using those free version of any PLC software brand is sufficient for your need.
You can download Delta PLC software from their official website for FREE. Choose the version suitable based on your computer system. Install it.
You can also download WPLSoft PLC software and install it.
Installation is pretty easy, just like installing any other software. You don’t need any special setup and configuration.
If you find any difficulty while installing PLC software, write in the comment section.
What’s next after installing PLC on your system?
To understand practically find PLC tutorial for running the motor. This is the first programming example you should try.
Now, how to Learn PLC to master?
Standard Procedure for Learning PLC and Simulation
Follow the given steps to for developing operational programming and learning PLC simulation.
Set up and installation:
- First, install the PLC programming software. (This we have seen earlier in this article.)
- Choose any programming language. Mostly Ladder Diagram (LD) programming language is used in the industry.
If you are a beginner, consider LD as your programming language to learn. Later you can choose other programming languages based on your requirement and experience.
Basic Knowledge Required for PLC Programming:
- Get the proper knowledge of all the required PLC connecting devices like Input and Output.
- Select the proper rungs and I/O addresses.
- Select normally open [NO] or normally closed [NC] contact of I/O as per the project need.
- Set the memory, timer, counter, others functions and it’s addressed as per your project requirement.
- Develop the logical sequence operations of the program by using the logical gate.
- Follow the some important programming rules.
- Connect the hardware. You need different PLC communication protocols used in the industry.
Executing Your First PLC Program:
- Save and download the program to PLC.
- Check the error and start/run the simulation of the program.
These 11 steps are very useful for PLC software simulation. If you are going one-by-one steps, you can easily build and simulate the program.
Your learning curve and procedure may vary slightly based on PLC software, their specific functions, tools and various types of different hardware control applications.
How to become a Master PLC Programmer?
Most of the novice PLC programmers write the PLC program directly. They don’t follow any rules, logic sequence, and steps of the PLC programming operations.
Don’t do this.
While developing major PLC projects, you will be lost not following proper rules and steps. And the project will become to complex to understand and to modify.
The only way to master PLC programming…
Remember, learning any programming languages is not an overnight success. You have to practice each and every day. The more you practice, the more you learn and the better you become.
You can not master PLC programming in a single day. But if you continuously put the effort and practice daily, no one can stop you mastering PLC programming.
Follow all the basic through the tutorial I have shared on DipsLab.com.
I keep adding more tutorials to this list.
Start building a small project.
Working on the practical PLC Automation projects will help you in many ways:
- It will help you to learn and implement all those basics you learned while going through different PLC tutorials.
- You will get real practical knowledge.
- It helps you to make your portfolio, to put yourself as an expert PLC programmer and to showcase your command on PLC programming.
I accepted the challenge and learned it hard way.
If you have any queries or any difficulty to start or to learn PLC programming, write to me in the comment section. I will do my best to help you.
Ready for Test:
If you are ready for online test, here is a PLC Automation Quiz.
Happy PLC Programming!
I have completed master in Electrical Power System. I work and write technical tutorials on the PLC, MATLAB programming, and Electrical on DipsLab.com portal.
Sharing my knowledge on this blog makes me happy. And sometimes I delve in Python programming.