Why Teach Industrial Controls Without Being Brand Specific?

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WHY TEACH INDUSTRIAL CONTROLS WITHOUT BEING BRAND-SPECIFIC? The online videos attached to this text use software and hardware from Automation Direct. This software is as close to open source as possible for Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). The Do-more software used in the videos and referenced is a free full version download with a virtual PLC so that complicated laboratory equipment is not needed to work on the projects in this text. Other brands like Allen Bradley, Omron, or Siemens may also have this functionality, but Do-more matches what I have in my laboratory. The goal of this course, aside from some housekeeping pieces that are required because the Automation Direct software is being used, is to discuss the programming and…show more content…
Use this text as a guide, just as I intend to teach the course, as a stepping-stone into the world of industrial controls. This text will allow you to access information in a “just in time” fashion for the project you are working on rather than a “just in case” method of memorization. HISTORY OF THE UNDERWRITERS LABORATORY AND THE NFPA History Technology works with society and grows over time. A historic perspective aids in understanding where we come from and why we do what we do. The engineering codes known as the National Fire Protection (NFPA) Codes are a large part of devices and buildings today. This is a history of the NFPA. The Birth of NFPA Significant Codes for this Text This text will specifically discuss sections of NFPA 79: Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery, chapters 9 and 10. This is not to say that the other chapters are insignificant. The other chapters will be used in support of 9 and 10. Along with this support, as with any electrical installation, NFPA 70: National Electric Code will be used as reference. Please also note that the NFPA is a code to properly install and build systems in a standard form and it is not necessarily law in a given jurisdiction. The Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) is the law making entity of the area, typically the State in the US. That body elects to adopt the code sections in whole or in part. Not only is it important to know the NFPA codes but also know the local regulations related to the
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