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What are PLCs?

by Team Goseeko

The PLCs is called a Programmable Logic Controller used in many industries where the working environment is not so favorable in terms of temperature and the dust. They are used to automate the process in plants and industries. The PLC consists of CPU, I/O input and output, memory and software.

Working of PLCs

The basic steps involved in the working of PLCs are listed below

  • The time is monitored using the operating system.
  • All the data which is at the input is read by the CPU and also it checks the status of the input data.
  • The program defined by the user is executed by the CPU.
  • The CPU does the diagnosis and performs the communication task.
  • After execution of the program the CPU writes the data at the output module.
  • The above functions are continuously performed as long as PLC is in run mode

Block Diagram

The main blocks are

i)             CPU: It is the center and most important part of PLC all the processing of input provided is done in this unit. It also replaces relays, counters and times. It takes the data input from the various devices connected to it, executes the user program from memory and sends the output commands to control devices.

ii)             Programming device: In order to enter a program or code which is in the ladder form we need a keyboard and to read we need a monitor with it.

iii)           Input/ Output module: They are used as an interface between the input and the microprocessor. Then the input module transfers the information to the processor and output information from the processor to the load through the output module. The input module is shown below.

There is a power unit and a logical unit as seen above in the input module. A 220V ac is applied to the bridge rectifier when a push button is closed. Then dc output is generated through the rectifier and Zener diode provides the low voltage to LED. The phototransistor conducts when the LED light strikes them and provides dc voltage to the processor.

The output module acts as an interface between output load and processor. It also has a power and logical unit but works in reverse order to that of the input module. The phototransistor will conduct when the light from the LED strikes; it happens when the processor generates a high signal.  

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