This exercise book is an original and educational text aimed at both trainers and trainees alike having interests in the industrial automation field. Based on the ITS PLC training software, the text stimulates and guides the reader in the discovery of six dozen PLC programs that bring to life the five virtual plants included in the ITS PLC software.
Following a typical computer game methodology, the control of each plant is presented as a twelve step “mission”, which begins with a number of small challenges, fundamental but easily surpassable, moving on to a sequence of graded exercises in which each exercise adds something to the previous one.
The learning process is supported by efficient specification and design techniques directly derived from two modern standards: IEC60848 2nd Edition (GRAFCET specification language) and IEC 61131-3 (PLCs software architectures and programming languages).
António J. Pessoa de Magalhães is an Assistant Professor at the “Automation, Instrumentation and Control Group” of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering University of Porto, Portugal.
He has been involved with teaching industrial automation and safety and industrial computing for a number of years now. He is also a member of the “System Integration and Automated Processes” group, developing scientific research in the “Discrete Event Systems” area. Yet, his major interests also include the design and implementation of PLC based solution for distributed industrial applications and the development of virtual plants for training purposes.