PLC (Programmable Logic Controllers) Networks

Learning objectives

  • Discuss LAN architecture as it applies to industrial networks
  • Compare the structures of star, common bus, and ring topology, and identify advantages and disadvantages of each configuration
  • Discuss how error detection is accomplished in the various network topologies
  • Describe common methods of network access used in PLC systems
  • Describe different types of transfer medium and identify their pros and cons
  • Define throughput and describe its impact on system response

Course overview

Local area networks (LAN) are the high-speed, medium-distance communication highways that connect PLC systems throughout a plant and its enterprise network. They also connect to host computers and distributed control systems (DCS).

The PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) Networks course introduces PLC network architecture and topology. This online course focuses on:

  • Digital communication networks
  • Network architecture
  • Network access
  • Network communication media

PLC Networks is part of the Programmable Logic Controllers training series.

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