Programmable Logic Controllers, 6th Edition

Programmable Logic Controllers, 6th Edition,William Bolton,ISBN9780128029299
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An introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) that presents programming relevant to all PLCs

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Key Features

  • A methodical introduction, with many illustrations, describing how to program PLCs, no matter the manufacturer, and how to use internal relays, timers, counters, shift registers, sequencers, and data-handling facilities
  • Consideration of the standards given by IEC 1131-3 and the programming methods of ladder, functional block diagram, instruction list, structured text, and sequential function chart
  • Many worked examples, multiple-choice questions, and problems are included, with answers to all multiple-choice questions and problems given at the end of the book


This textbook, now in its sixth edition, continues to be straightforward and easy-to-read, presenting the principles of PLCs while not tying itself to one manufacturer or another. Extensive examples and chapter ending problems utilize several popular PLCs, highlighting understanding of fundamentals that can be used regardless of manufacturer. This book will help you to understand the main design characteristics, internal architecture, and operating principles of PLCs, as well as Identify safety issues and methods for fault diagnosis, testing, and debugging. 

New to This edition:

  • A new chapter 1 with a comparison of relay-controlled systems, microprocessor-controlled systems, and the programmable logic controller, a discussion of PLC hardware and architecture, examples from various PLC manufacturers, and coverage of security, the IEC programming standard, programming devices and manufacturer’s software
  • More detail of programming using Sequential Function Charts
  • Extended coverage of the sequencer
  • More Information on fault finding, including testing inputs and outputs with an illustration of how it is done with the PLC manufacturer’s software
  • New case studies


Professional engineers, undergraduate and postgraduate students in electrical and electronic engineering and mechanical engineers.

William Bolton

Former Lecturer at Buckingham Chilterns University College, High Wycombe, UK, and now retired, William Bolton has worked in industry and academia as a senior lecturer in a college of technology, a member of the Nuffield Advanced Physics team, an adviser to a British government aid project in Brazil on technical education, as a UNESCO consultant in Argentina and Thailand, and as Head of Research and Development at the Business and Technician Education Council. He has written many engineering textbooks, including Mechatronics, 4th ed., Engineering Science, 5th ed., Higher Engineering Science, 2nd ed., Mechanical Science, 3rd ed., and Instrumentation and Control Systems.

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Formerly Lecturer, Buckingham Chilterns University College, High Wycombe, UK

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Programmable Logic Controllers, 6th Edition

1. Programmable logic controllers
2. Input-output devices
3. Digital systems
4. I/O processing
5. Ladder and functional block programming
6. IL, SFC and ST programming methods
7. Internal relays
8. Jump and call
9. Timers
10. Counters
11. Shift registers
12. Data handling
13. Designing systems
14. Programs
Appendix: Symbols

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