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PLC journey by Mind Map: PLC journey
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PLC journey

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Phases to achieve

Identify what to use

PLC, the actual model, cables, input and output?

Measure equipment, what must I use that is cost effective

What software

What to watch out for, say software is good/ bad, support is good/ bad, TCO

What does preferred solutions cost

Hardware price

Labour

Implement a basic solution

measure temperature in rooms

measure water pressure

log this

graph it

My objectives

Able to implement basic PLC sollution

Measure the following

Temperatures

Pressure

Humidity

Current

Flow in pipe

Turn switches on and off

Communication

Network the device on TCP/IP network

GSM modem access

Provide some GUI

Equipment must be cost effective (Africa)

My progress

what PLC

Where to buy

Based on forums etc, Siemens, I think it is too expensive if used in Africa?, Omron, Mitsubushi, Allen Bradley, I think I should use this, What should be first PLC?, LS Industrial Systems, no POP in UK, are they any good?, ezautomation, Cheap PLCS it seems, http://www.ezautomation.co.uk/products/ezplc.php, www.Lamonde.com, DL, Confirm his selection below, http://www.plctalk.net/qanda/showthread.php?t=3901

All the PLCs, http://www.plcs.net/chapters/links.htm

Emulators, seem you should ensure PLC have emulators, I see this, http://sites.google.com/site/abdullahabra//home/theteck-com/plc

Probes

Where to buy these at good prices

www.carelusa.com

www.dixell.com, AMM say I should use, not freely in UK

www.honeywell.com

www.bannerengineering.com, Expensive

HomeAutomation, http://www.ibuttonlink.com/sensors.aspx, make yellow stuff reasonable, to buy in UK see below, http://www.homechip.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=22

Learn here

http://www.plcs.net/contents.shtml

http://www.machine-information-systems.com/index.html, very good a-z on how what and where

Forums to use

http://www.plctalk.net/qanda/showthread.php?t=3901, seems very good

http://www.edaboard.com/forum28-3.html

http://forums.mrplc.com/index.php?act=idx

http://plcmentor.com/PLCTrainingForum/tabid/58/Default.aspx, good tutor

http://www.control.com/thread/1026147544, tell you where to buy

http://www.plcprogrammers.co.uk/ [Allan, Guru], seems good person to ask, 2010.11.10, pls email, Recommends

Advice

Arno

Rean, http://www.anadigi.co.za/products.php?path=1/LS%20Industrial%20Systems/SCADA/catalogs

Online stores I found so far

http://uk.rs-online.com/web/, seems best so far

good old eBay

www.AutomationDirect.com, credit, (http://www.control.com/thread/1026147544)

http://www.audon.co.uk/index.html, credit, http://www.plctalk.net

http://www.omega.co.uk, seems good UK shop, pricey maybe?

http://www.sensorsone.co.uk/, no online buying

http://www.bb-europe.com/products.asp, looks like good company, stuff high in price

http://www.audon.co.uk/it_sys.html, sell TCP/ USB monitors