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PLC journey by Mind Map: PLC journey
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PLC journey

This is just a demo map that you can delete right away, if you feel like it...

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


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





Flow in pipe

Turn switches on and off


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,,, DL, Confirm his selection below,

All the PLCs,

Emulators, seem you should ensure PLC have emulators, I see this,


Where to buy these at good prices, AMM say I should use, not freely in UK, Expensive

HomeAutomation,, make yellow stuff reasonable, to buy in UK see below,

Learn here, very good a-z on how what and where

Forums to use, seems very good, good tutor, tell you where to buy [Allan, Guru], seems good person to ask, 2010.11.10, pls email, Recommends




Online stores I found so far, seems best so far

good old eBay, credit, (, credit,, seems good UK shop, pricey maybe?, no online buying, looks like good company, stuff high in price, sell TCP/ USB monitors