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Analog Sensor & Signal Integration into Allen Bradley RSLogix / Studio 5000
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Analog Sensor & Signal Integration into Allen Bradley RSLogix / Studio 5000

Learn how to work with current (4-20ma) and voltage (0-10VDC) analog signals using two different sensors and integrating them into an Allen Bradley CompactLogix PLC running RSLogix/Studio 5000

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Course overview

Analog signals play an important role in every manufacturing operation. They are used for distance, pressure, weight, speed, and much more. In this course, we will explore two main analog signal types: current and voltage.

By integrating IFM and KEYENCE sensors into an Allen Bradley CompactLogix PLC, we’re going to learn about the steps required to set up the hardware and configure the software for reading and scaling analog values.

The class assumes no prior knowledge of hardware or software, although some familiarity with RSLogix 5000 will help as no emphasis is placed on basic instructions. The students are exposed to working with 4-20mA signals (most common), followed by 0-10VDC signals. We’re also diving into the datasheets of every device in order to figure out which settings to use on the device and PLC side.

Course Outcomes

  • Understand how to work with current and voltage-based signals.
  • Investigate and learn how to read datasheets and configure IFM and KEYENCE analog sensors.

Who this course is for:

  • Electrical Technicians
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Operators
  • Electricians
  • Maintenance Supervisors
  • Anyone interested in manufacturing automation systems
Course content

Introduction & Materials

  • ► Class Introduction | 2:59
  • ► Hardware Overview | 5:44
  • ⇥ Start Supporting Documentation

Working with Current Analog Signals Using an IFM Distance Sensor

  • ► Start Sensor Wiring | 6:25
  • ► Start IFM Sensor & Datasheet Walkthrough | 13:56
  • ► Start PLC Setup & New Program | 14:47
  • ► Start Analog 4-20mA Input Wiring | 8:19
  • ► Start Analog Input Scaling [Part 1 / 2] | 10:23
  • ► Start Analog Input Scaling [Part 2 / 2] | 6:27
  • ⇥ Review Quiz

Working with Voltage Analog Signals Using an IFM Distance Sensor

  • ► Start Introduction to Voltage vs Current & Choosing What's Right for Your Application | 4:07
  • ► Start Voltage based Analog Input Scaling | 4:45
  • ⇥ Review Quiz

Working with Voltage Analog Signals Using an IFM Distance Sensor

  • ► Start Keyence Sensor Wiring & Initialization | 8:52
  • ► Start Keyence Sensor Analog Input Configuration & Scaling | 5:22
  • ⇥ Review Quiz
About the instructor

I hold an Electrical Engineering bachelors degree and have been in the industry for five years. I enjoy playing with electronics in my spare time and teaching them to a wide audience. I've built circuits, robots, audio/video gadgets, automated equipment and much more.

As a career, I've decided to dedicate myself to the manufacturing industry and automation. I program Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs), Robotics as well as Vision Systems for a living. I enjoy solving manufacturing automation challenges, working with diverse teams and increasing productivity as well as reliability of industrial equipment.

Course Info
Number of lessons
1 hr 32 mins
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