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Controls Lab

Students Will: 

  • Learn About Closed-Loop Control
  • Experiment with Manual & Auto Tuning of a Set-Point
  • Gain Hands-on Experience with Proportional, Integral & Derivative Control P.I.D.
  • Program & Troubleshoot Ladder Logic & Structured Text Code
  • Calibrate a Laser Based Distance Measuring Sensor  
  • Work with a 3-Phase motor, Variable Frequency Drive, Industrial PLC, & HMI                                     

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Includes a modular 581-page curriculum, preparing students to tackle real-world automation


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. 

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

Wifi networkable connectivity

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 Sample & Video series

Variable Frequency Drive (VFD)

Photoelectric Laser Sensor

3-Phase Air Blower

Dual Solenoid-Actuated Air Louvers

Convenient Wall Power & Data Connectivity


ControlsLab Curriculum- Video Series



Click image to download curriculum sample.  The full curriculum is provided free of charge with the purchase of the ControlsLabTM system.


Video Curriculum Series

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