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## Learn PLC Programming Free Now – Video

We can learn plc free by using the Do-More Designer simulator. This is free, fully functional programming and simulator software. The PLC simulator also allows communication through the Ethernet and Serial ports of the computer to help you learn about HMI and communication. This video series will take you through the simulator’s basics of installing, programming, and testing your ladder logic programs.
No physical hardware is required to learn how to program programmable logic controllers (PLC). This series was initially released six years ago but is still relevant today and is part of our PLC beginner’s guide.
We will briefly discuss each of the videos in this series and provide the URL links. Let’s get started.

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## Productivity 2000 PLC Ladder Logic Counter

Most programmable logic controller (PLC) programs will include a counter instruction. The Productivity 2000 Series PLC has two different counter instructions for your program. These can be used in several different ways to adapt to your application. Basically, counters are used to count up or down to a specific limit. When the limit is reached, the output is turned on.
Counters can be made from a few different instructions from the PLC. The math instruction uses the one-shot (leading edge) input to add 1 to an internal register to keep track of the counter’s value. A comparison is used to compare this counter value to a set value (SV). The output is turned on if it is greater than or equal. Another input is used for the reset of the counter value. Copy is used to move the reset value into the counter value. This reset will usually override the counting application. Breaking down the counter’s essential operation will help us understand our application and how we can utilize counters in our automation programs.
The productivity suite software has Simple Counters (SCNT) and the Counters (CNT) instructions.
We will be reviewing these instructions and looking at how to implement them in our ladder logic program. Let’s get started.

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## EasyPLC Palletizing Robot Programming Click PLC

The EasyPLC palletizing robot will demonstrate sequencing and robot control using a PLC. This palletization process will fill a box container with six cans. A servo-controlled gantry robot using x and y is used to do this operation. The complete box will then travel along to another conveyor to an unloading area. A robot will then pick up the box and place this on a pallet.
We will discuss and show you how to program this EasyPLC palletizing robot machine using the five steps for PLC program development. This will involve all the ladder logic to load and unload using the robot simulator. This PLC simulator will show sequencing instructions. A drum instruction in the PLC will be used with events and a counter to load the box with six cans. Another drum instruction in the PLC, with time, will be used to unload the container onto a pallet. An Automation Direct Click PLC will be used for this application, but the general methods can be used for just about any PLC on the market. Serial Modbus RTU communication between the machine simulator and the Click PLC will be used. An Ethernet connection will be used with the Click programming software. Let’s get started.

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## Timing Diagram NOT Just Used for a Timer

Logic circuits in a PLC ladder logic program are either on or off. The inputs change, which will affect the outputs. This can be expressed in a timing diagram. The timing diagram or chart will show you how the ladder logic program will respond to the changing states of the inputs and outputs.

This visual method is an excellent way of understanding how the PLC ladder logic functions. We will discuss a timing diagram and how it is used for timers, counters, and ladder logic. This will help in understanding or troubleshooting your PLC programs. Let’s get started.

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## PLC Counter Programming – 3 Things to Know

PLC ladder logic counters are used in just about every PLC program. They will indicate how many times something has happened within the controller logic. Counters then can be used to trigger other outputs or items in the PLC. You can find counter applications in a variety of things every day.

We will discuss three things you need to know when programming counters in the PLC. A sample program with a counter will be shown. This will have a 3D simulation with the PLC. Let’s get started.

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## BRX Do-More PLC High-Speed Input Timer

The High-Speed discrete inputs can be configured to measure the amount of time between pulses. When you want a scaled value representing a speed or rate, the high-speed input timer is a better option for pulse rates below 5 kHz. This is compared to using the high-speed input pulse counting selection.
The BRX Do-More series of programmable logic controllers have built-in high-speed inputs. These inputs can function in Counter, Timer, or Pulse Catch modes. Every CPU will have either 6 or 10 high-speed inputs (HSI) available depending on the model. These inputs can be used for input frequencies from 0 to 250Khz. 250Khz represents 250000 input counts per second that can be coming from devices connected to your PLC like an encoder. Due to the speed of the inputs, they function on the BRX Do-More PLC asynchronous with the PLC scan time.
We will continue looking at the high-speed inputs on our BRX Do-More PLC, by looking at the pulse timer mode. Previously we looked at the high-speed count mode of the PLC. We scaled the count to display RPM (Revolutions per Minute). Scaling the edge trigger timer from our incremental encoder, we will scale and compare the RPM from last time. Let’s get started.