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Technician's Guide to Programmable Controllers, 6th Edition

  • Terry Borden
  • Richard A. Cox
  • ISBN-10: 1111544093
  • ISBN-13: 9781111544096
  • 416 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2001, 1995
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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About the Product

Known for its comprehensive introduction to PLCs, this completely updated sixth edition of TECHNICIAN'S GUIDE TO PROGRAMMABLE CONTROLLERS covers theory, hardware, instructions, programming, installation, startup, and troubleshooting in a way that is easy to understand and apply. New material has been added to include topics such as sequential function chart programming, function block programming, structured text programming, alarm and event programming, and programming information and examples on the Allen-Bradley ControlLogix family of PLCs. Additional topics include communication networks, basic control signals, linear scaling of analog process signals, and the Proportional Integral Derivative (PID) instructions used by many PLC applications. Supplementary programming examples utilizing the PLC instructions in the text give students a better understanding of the various instructions and how they can be combined to create simple yet effective control logic solutions for today's world.


  • This text is designed to help readers understand the various communication schemes that are used to pass or exchange information between the PLC and the various control components and control systems.

  • The chapter entitled "PLC Programming Examples" encourages application of concepts by giving readers specific examples of PLC programming code and logic utilizing many of the instructions covered in previous chapters.

  • Numerous and varied troubleshooting techniques round out the all-inclusive introduction to PLC installation, programming, and maintenance.

About the Author

Terry Borden

Terry Borden is the Chairman of the Electrical Maintenance and Automation Department at Spokane Community College in Spokane, Washington. Mr. Borden holds a degree in Industrial Automation and Robotics. Mr. Borden worked as a control engineer, and was a partner in Applied Solutions, LLC prior to accepting his position at Spokane Community College.

Richard A. Cox

Richard A. Cox is the Executive Director of COXCO Training and Consulting in Spokane, Washington and is a retired member of the Electrical/Robotics Department at Spokane Community College. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the State of New York, a Master of Science degree from Eastern Washington University, and is also a retired member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 73.

Table of Contents

1. What is a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)?
2. Understanding the Input/Output (I/O) Section.
3. Processor Unit.
4. Memory Organization.
5. Numbering Systems.
6. Understanding and Using Ladder Diagrams.
7. Relay Type Instructions.
8. Programming a PLC.
9. Programming Considerations.
10. Program Control Instructions.
11. Programming Timers.
12. Programming Counters.
13. Data Manipulation.
14. Math Functions.
15. Word and Array (file) Instructions.
16. Sequencers.
17. Process Control Signals, Scaling, and PID Instructions.
18. Function Block Programming.
19. Sequential Function Chart Programming.
20. Structured Text Programming.
21. Alarm and Event Programming.
22. Understanding Communication Networks.
23. Start Up and Troubleshooting.
24. PLC Programming Examples.

New to this edition

  • This text has been updated to provide detailed programming information and examples on Allen-Bradley ControlLogix family of PLCs.
  • Chapters on relevant topics such as "Sequential Function Chart Programming," "Function Block Programming," and "Structured Text Programming" are now included.
  • A new chapter, "Alarm & Event Programming," gives readers an understanding of the instructions and PLC programming code that can be used to provide guidance on executing this all important task.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource  (ISBN-10: 1111544107 | ISBN-13: 9781111544102)