ControlsLabTM : A PLC/Drives trainer and so much more!
Students utilize airflow to control the positioning of an aerodynamic float.
The float represents a control dynamic that is analogous to many real world scenarios, such as an automobile's cruise control, temperature control, autopilot set-point capture, or a buildings HVAC control.The float is a very dynamic and visual cue as to the effectiveness of proper tuning.
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The on-board programmable automation controller is Rockwell Automation's latest Logix device. Topics including Sensors, Control Loops, Ladder Logic Programming, Industrial Ethernet, HMI, Networking, lock-out/tag outs, and enhanced PID tuning are all explored within the included curriculum.
ControlsLabTM comes equipped with pre-installed Rockwell Automation programming software (FactoryTalk View ME and Studio 5000) and allows students to devise real-world, custom industrial process scenarios. No additional hardware or software is required.
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This affordable, yet turnkey system consists of the following primary components:
Programmable Process Automation Controller (PAC) Ladder logic with PIDE Autotune, alarms, lock-out tag out, etc.
On-board, pre-configured Wi-Fi for remote & LAN operation with multiple classroom units
Human Machine Interface (HMI) installed virtual instrument screens for out-of-the-box real-time monitoring of motor performance characteristics, along with manual & PIDE motor control.
Custom open-ended design of instrumentation & process automation scenarios made available by on-board Rockwell Factory Talk View ME V 8.0 & Studio 5000. Featuring a large format, 20-inch color touch screen
Comprehensive Free Curriculum & Video series
Variable Frequency Drive (VFD)
Photoelectric Laser Sensor
3-Phase Air Blower
Dual Solenoid-Actuated Air Louvers
Convenient Wall Power & Data Connectivity