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Monday, July 7, 2014

PLC Simulator

PLC Simulator

PLC Training before PLC Simulator

PLC Training

PLC Simulator

PLC Training emulator
First get RSLogix 500 based 
  PLC Training Course
Then move on to 
LogixPro PLC Simulator Tool

For the beginner to PLC training, you do not want to start out with the LogixPro PLC simulator. You should first get some basic PLC training and familiarization with RSLogix 500 which is what the LogixPro PLC simulator simulates.

Then you are better prepared to start working with the PLC simulator CD. The PLC training solution at link below takes that into account by providing them both as a 2 CD set.

http://bin95.com/ebooks/plc_training_simulator.htm

You purchase the the "PLCTrainer" (1st CD for $159) which will teach you basics of PLCs while using a RSLogix 500 emulator. Then you are ready to move on to the 2nd free LogixPro CD that comes with it. This 2 CD approach is so you know how write ladder logic first, because the LogixPro PLC simulator doesn't teach you how to, it is just a tool to practice what you learned with the first CD.

Yes, there are free PLC training resources out there, but you get what you pay for. When there is potential damage to man or machine, you invest a little in your self and your company to protect both from the risk.

Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .) Be sure to to stay on top!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Mobile Industrial Workstation to Smartphone

Mobile Industrial Workstation to Smartphone

maintenance and engineering training mobile website
Maint. & Engineering Mobile Website
There is130+ million smartphone users in the US alone. This is the year that more people will use mobile phones than PCs to get online. Similar trends are echoing in the Industrial workplace. From the mobile industrial workstation to the smartphone, mobile maintenance downloads for CMMS, mobile engineering apps and the smartphone industrial applications go on. The following advice is useful to those designing mobile website to be used in an industrial industry and for those designing a company website for a mobile phone. Given the statistics and facts above, you should be designing a truly mobile friendly website, one that scores well in the world standard W3 mobile validator.

Looking at mobile friendly web design deeper and further... If you are marketing globally, there are 2 more very important aspects you should consider ...

  1. Mobile Bandwidth  
  2. Mobile Compatibility 

Our Industrial Training website with its 100s of pages has grown too large over the last 20 years to cost effectively redesign the whole site to be [Truly] Mobile Friendly. So we went with the option to design a website just for our mobile users http://bin95.mobi

The goal here was to design a mini mobile site that scores high on the world standard W3 Mobile Friendly Validator, so it complies with the 2 objectives above of being quick to download to phone, and works with even low cost smartphones like might be used in under developed industrialized countries.

Our current bin95.mobi scores an 82% on the W3 mobile Freindly validator and provides us a great template in which to build on. (add pages and training)

Side Note: Many say they design or have a mobile friendly website, but they score a zero on the W3 validator. They are not [truly] mobile friendly. Many are just CMS like wordpress sites, which have way too much hidden source code to ever be considered "Mobile Friendly". Yes, they may look fine on your iPhone 5 or Android/Samsung Galaxy S5, but be too slow or less functional for the millions who have less expensive or older smartphones. So be aware.

Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .) Be sure to to stay on top!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Plant Process Operator Training

Plant Process Operator Training

PdM measurements as operator training too.

Take your equipment operators in the process and manufacturing industries to the next level...

assisting maintenance in the troubleshooting of automated production equipment .

For machine operators to become more familiar with automated production equipment and troubleshooting, we recommend the following basics in order listed ...


After all the above recommended operator training courses, they will be ready to be trained in taking PdM measurements too, as the next phase in your autonomous operator training program.

Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .) Be sure to to stay on top!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Maintenance Management Training Online

Maintenance Management Training Online


A visitor to the discussion group asked ...
Where can I get maintenance management training online (and skills)?

Thought I would share my reply ...
Others have mentioned great resources for scholastic knowledge, certs, etc. (I would add https://www.afe.org/certification/cpmm.cfm) So I'll just address the 'skill' part the question. For that you need real world knowledge and experience, which getting online can be a challenge. The first resource I would like to recommend is a free 3 day seminar on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL00E0577269EC39CA This seminar differs from the typical text book knowledge as it is the 21st century cutting edge approach. (print books can be a few or several years old, and the world progresses/changes a lot quicker than that now days. :)
Maintenance Management Training/Skills via Online resorces
Also when people think "online" they think internet connection required. We don't, so here are some of the best resources you can download, use on your own time, anytime, anywhere. (no internet connection required once you download) ...
http://bin95.com/PPT-Powerpoints/maintenance_planning_training.htm
http://www.bin95.com/PPT-Powerpoints/EAM/Enterprise-Asset-Management-System-Training.htm
http://bin95.com/PPT-Powerpoints/Reliability/Reliability-and-Maintenance-Management.htm
http://bin95.com/PPT-Powerpoints/TPM/Total-Productive-Maintenance-TPM.htm
http://bin95.com/ebooks/maintenance-strategies-policies-guide.htm
http://bin95.com/ebooks/equipment_down_time_costs.htm
http://bin95.com/ebooks/asset_management.htm
http://bin95.com/ebooks/maintenance_excellence_review.htm
http://bin95.com/ebooks/cmms_guide.htm

Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .) Be sure to to stay on top!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Industrial Communication Protocol Comparison

Beginning to understand Industrial Communications Protocols


Protocols is a communication language between systems/devices. Just like different countries have different languages, different device groups have different languages. If you were in spain you could get by knowing only english, but you would be more efficient and effective if you used spanish language. 

Communicating computer to computer is different than communicating PLC to PLC, which is different than communicating between a PLC and a smart sensor. Lets take the two extremes, difference between computers and smart sensors. Computers require a lot more information communicated, more security, typically sit in a office. Smart sensors require less, and typically are out in the field or an industrial type environment. So HART has attributes hard&soft designed specifically for the devices it serves. 

Yes, you could use RS232, but it would be slower, have distance restrictions, etc. so you pick the protocol that best fits your specific system. If you were using Allen Bradley (AB) equipment primarily, you may chose ControlNet and/or DeviceNet because they were designed by AB, so most likely best suited for their systems and devices. (More efficient and effective) 

Another example, HART was designed to communicate over a sensor's 2-40ma signal, you may chose it if you need to interface with old systems. For a new system, you would rather use the new Fieldbus protocol (Profibus DP/PA with better diagnostics). Mostly AB in one new facility? ... you may chose DeviceNet which is based on Fieldbus. 

Because protocols can be layered, linked, derived from another protocol, I understand it can get confusing. Just like someone in one country may speak two different languages, and within that single country, different dialects. Your best bet is to use the internet to study all the industrial communication protocols. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Industrial_Protocol for a start with your Industrial Communication Protocol Comparison. 

Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .) Be sure to to stay on top!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Control Panel Design Guide

Control Panel Design Guide

cont...

I had "Control Panel Design With Maintenance in Mind" published in Control Design Magazine this month, but there wasn't room to include the rest of the article I wrote. Please read the article by following the link above, then read below for 'the rest of the story'...
I will elaborate on another example we stress in our PLC training classes, PLC Forces. NFPA 70E instructs “Design to Accommodate Maintenance” which emphasizes design considering the safety aspects of conducting inspections, tests, repairs, and servicing. Placing a force on real world I/O in the PLC is a safety issue, and causes the equipment to operate other than designed. It is critical for maintenance to be aware if forces are installed, and what those forces are, before working with equipment. At minimum, the warning indicator needs to be mirrored on the outside the panel (lamp and/or HMI) to increase the likelihood of being noticed. For safety, and liability reasons, I would go even further, requiring the logging of all force activity possible within the machines controller.

Making your electrical control panels more maintenance friendly is a constant improvement process. Equipment manufactures need to have a more visible path for customer’s recommendations to get back to designers. With today’s technology there are many ways to establish a feedback loop. Many companies are successfully utilizing social media as a functional and reliable feedback loop today. As a result, there really are no excuses for manufacturers of electrical control panels to sacrifice customer maintainability in favor of ease of design anymore.

Author: Don Fitchett is president of Business Industrial Network (http://BIN95.com), an industrial training company. Don also founded the activity based costing system called "True Downtime Cost" (TDC) , author "True Downtime Cost Analysis - 2nd Edition". Don has been in the industrial training sector for over two decades.

Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .) Be sure to to stay on top!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Maintenance Management Objectives

Maintenance Management Objectives.

A little extra maintenance focus and perspective...

Industrial maintenance management objectives
Industrial Maintenance Management  Objectives
Share with others to insure they are aligned. A friendly reminder.

Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .) Be sure to to stay on top!