Programmable Logic controllers-PLC-Interface to a Robot
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The Packaging of food1 and beverage in our Zambian industry is a complex controlled process which is ever desired to be in an operational state. This system therefore requires constant controlling and monitoring in order that it remains in a normal operating state. This project outlines the techniques used when designing a controlling system and ultimately brings out a prototype of the design.The design considerations include the hardware used (with the programmable logic controller, PLC, as the main module), the software design (ladder codes) the communication between the robot and the PLC, sensors and costs of the project. The controlling system should be reliable by ensuring that there is accurate and real-time notification of any change of the system status, such as over loading or under loadingTherefore. Networking and Programmable Logic Control, Interface to the Robot, was undertaken to bring out the technical and economical aspects of designing a control system. The main design task was the software development and the integration with networking.