Good morning Locals!
Late last week I decided to start reviewing books on Amazon on PLCs.
Why? Well, even though I've been at this since 1990, I'm very aware of the fact that I will never know everything, and that there will always be more to learn :-)
And I figured seven years after my initial kickstarter to create my first course, PLC Basics, it was time to broaden my horizons and see how PLC Book authors are teaching the masses about programmable controllers.
The first set of books I'm going to review are books free with Kindle Unlimited, since I already had an subscription as I'm a huge consumer of Space Opera and litRPG ebooks.
If all goes as planned, I'll have my first review up today on "Introduction to Programmable Logix Controllers and Ladder Logic" by Nule & Vishwakarma (link https://amzn.to/3fkb2hX)
In short, for $3 (or free with Kindle Unlimited) it does a good job of providing a no-nonsense introduction to PLCs, but has two flaws:
Needs an editorial pass for typos and awkward sentences -my guess is English in not the author's native tongue.
It really doesn't cover the market leader in the USA: Allen-Bradley, and makes some poor assumptions like times and counters have accumulates that are limited to 32767. Only true, if you're using old SLC-500s/PLC-5s/MicroLogixs from the 80's and 90's :-)
That said, I hope you all have a great week and thanks to our supporters for their continued support!
We take a first look at the Moxa EDS-2005-EL Ethernet Switch in this episode of The Automation Minute. To learn more about it, check out the below links:
Moxa Switch Product Page: https://www.moxa.com/en/products/industrial-network-infrastructure/ethernet-switches/unmanaged-switches/eds-2005-el-series?utm_source=automationblog&utm_medium=video&utm_campaign=EDS-2000-EL
PS - I included some bloopers at the end ;-)
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Earlier this week I announced I would be releasing my first Siemens course on December 15th, and I'm offering a 50% off coupon to anyone who wants it - you just have to submit your coupon request using the below link, and on the week of December 15th I'll send a coupon to save 50%!
S7 Course Coupon Request Link -> https://theautomationschool.com/courses/101-s7c/
I've been getting a lot of vendor requests to come on my shows, so yesterday I buckled down and put 12 hours into overhauling my Media Guide so it was up to date and contained all the info that has changed over the last several months, and I released the updated version this morning here:
If you know any vendors you'd like to see come on, please share this link with them!