Abstract

Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are at the forefront of manufacturing automation. Many factories use programmable logic controllers to cut production costs and/or increase quality. PLCs and their unique language, ladder logic, are the workhorses of factory automation. Higher-level languages, such as sequential function charts and function blocks, ease the programming task for large systems. However, ladder logic remains the dominant language at present

Department(s)

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

PLC; Factory Automation; Function Blocks; High-Level Languages; Ladder Logic; Manufacturing Automation; Production Costs; Programmable Controllers; Programmable Logic Controllers; Sequential Function Charts

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

0278-6648

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Final Version

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 1996 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), All rights reserved.

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