Automation, Robotics and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)

Shrewsbury Colleges Group

Progression and benefits

Engineers wishing to further develop their skills and knowledge, may choose additional fully funded modules taken from the HNC (HTQ) in Electronic Systems or enrol to the full higher technical

About the course

The aim of this unit, taken from the Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals Engineering Suite, is to investigate how Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and industrial robots can be programmed to successfully implement automated engineering solutions. Among the topics included are PLC system operational characteristics, different types of programming languages, types of robots and cell safety features. On successful completion of this unit students will be able to program PLCs and robotic manipulators to achieve a set task, describe the types and uses of PLCs and robots available, write simple PLC programs, and program industrial robots with
straightforward commands and safety factors.

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