Automation with Programmable Logic Controllers

Automation technology is a constantly evolving field with a wide range of applications in plant engineering and special machine construction. This course offers an introduction to modern automation technology with a special focus on programmable logic controllers. In addition to an introduction to various programming languages and bus systems, the course offers an insight into control with automation systems and networking with higher-level information systems via OPC-UA or ADS. The TwinCAT 3 development environment from Beckhoff will be introduced to deepen the learning content. Self-programmed PLC programs and visualizations will be tested both on your own laptop, using TwinCAT 3 Soft PLC Runtime, and on dedicated Beckhoff Industrial PCs.

Content of the training:
• Design and function of automation devices
• Basic principles of the programming standard DIN EN 61131-3 and introduction to the programming of PLCs
• Introduction to the programming languages ST, IL, FBD, LD
• Description tools for systematic design
• Bus systems in automation technology
• Control with automation devices
• Networking with information systems via OPC-UA or ADS
• Exercise examples using TwinCAT 3 and your own laptop

Target group: The training offer is addressed to programmers and planners of automation systems for plant engineering and special machine construction, as well as persons who are active in the maintenance of such systems and wish to get started in PLC programming.

Duration: The training has a duration of 40 hours and can be held in blocks or spread over several weeks on request.

Language: The course will be offered in German, Italian or English.

Certificate: Certificate of participation

Format: The course will be held in presence.

Location of classroom event: Laboratory for Human-centered Technologies and Machine Intelligence, NOI Techpark Bolzano

If you are interested, please fill in the following expression of interest and send it if possible by 31.03.2022 to

Expression of interest

Photography: credits NOI Techpark/Daniele Fiorentino