Training & Consultancy Services
2016 - New PLC Courses
First-line Practical Skills (FLPS)
The regular “Getting Started” course for maintenance personnel is the Level 1 M&T (Maintenance & Troubleshooting). The Level 1 M&T course equips those attending with good all-round training to cover the important M&T essentials but to also provides further background & understanding that will help people deal with less obvious & trickier faults.
However, it can get a “bit technical” & for people with limited
general PLC experience, the “technical stuff” can take away from the
routine M&T & experience shows that some people (typically those who
have less general experience with other PLCs) can find it too much.
The problem really is they get “hung up” on some of the more
abstract parts of the course which are not “absolute essentials” &
that’s a pity.
Our NEW Siemens S7-300/400 First-line Practical Skills (FLPS)
courses provide a “less technical, more practical” version of the
Level 1 M&T. The FLPS course focuses on the TOP 20 Key Practical
Skills & avoids unnecessary technical language & concepts which most
maintenance people will generally not need.
TOP 20 Key Practical Skills
Typical topics include (the Top 20):
- Understand common PLC Hardware for the particual PLC
- Understand key physical diagnostic indicators
- Know how to connect a laptop – cables, connections & comm ports
- Know how to run the PLC monitoring software
- Know how to prove PC – PLC comms.
- Know how to identify the correct backup program on the laptop
- Know how to Retrieve a Project if required
- Know how to get on-line
- Know how to Compare a program with a backup copy
- Know how to recognise & understand first-level PLC Instruction Set
- Know how to monitor live Ladder status & compare with actual field
- Know how to search & get around the program
- Know how to backup the program
- Know how to re-load the program
- Know how to start to troubleshoot machine faults through the PLC
- Know how to use the Cross Reference function
- Know how to set up & view status tables as a monitoring tool
- Know how to start to use the diagnostic toolkit
- Know how to use available reset or restart functions
- Know how to identify suspect or faulty modules & safely replace
what’s not to like?
you want your technically stronger people to progress onto Level 2,
they should really aim to attend the Level 1 rather than FLPS. For
some people, the best starting point is the FLPS course where
confidence is built as well as “essential practical skills”. We
have a 3 day “catch-up” course to cover the missing material & to
prepare people to move on to Level 2.
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