Programmable Automation Technologies
Programmable Automation Technologies
An Introduction to CNC, Robotics, and PLCs
Daniel E. Kandray
514 Pages, Hardcover
Published: December, 2005
ISBN: 9780831133467

Divided into four parts, Programmable Automation Technologies focuses on processes and systems used in industry. Comprehensive yet concise, this unique textbook provides a solid foundation of analytical techniques to justify automation. It provides the knowledge and instruction on how to program computer numerical controlled (CNC) equipment, industrial robots and programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Through a very practical approach, readers will learn specific programming languages related to each technology, including G code and ladder logic. And Programmable Automation Technologies is sure to be found useful by electrical, industrial, mechanical and manufacturing engineering technology undergraduate students. The rich and detailed introductory text will also appeal to anyone in industry interested in learning about programmable automation and developing the corresponding programming skills.

• Each chapter begins with an overview of the topic with emphasis on desired outcomes and concludes with a summary, questions, and problems where appropriate.
• Presents explicit skills and methodologies to aid in the programming process.
• Features strong examples with numerous illustrations.
• Uses computer simulation and actual lab equipment extensively in learning activities.

Daniel E. Kandray
Note: All chapters include the following sections:

• Summary
• Key Words
• Review Questions
• Bibliography

Chapter 1 Introduction to Programmable Automation
• Introduction to Programmable Automation
• The Manufacturing Process
• Automation
• Manufacturing Performance Measures
• Benefits of Automation
• Automation Strategies

Chapter 2 Automation Justification and Productivity Concepts
• Automation Justification and Productivity
• Productivity Calculations
• Process Outputs and Mathematical Concepts for Quantifying Production
• Process Inputs and Manufacturing Costs
• Comparing Alternatives with Productivity Calculations
• The Impact of Production Volume on Alternatives
• Productivity and the USA Principle

Chapter 3 Introduction to Computer Numerical Control (CNC)

• Introduction to CNC Technology
• CNC System Components
• Coordinate Systems and Reference Points
• The Ten Steps of CNC Programming
• Advantages and Disadvantages of CNC Technology
• When to Use CNC Technology

Chapter 4 CNC Programming
• Overview of CNC Programming
• Program Code
• Cutting Parameters
• Program Organization
• Programming Process
• Turning Programs

Chapter 5 CNC Simulation Software
• Overview of CNC Simulation Software
• Installation and Setup of CNCSimulator®
• User Interface
• Simulation Examples

Chapter 6 Introduction to Robotic Technology
• Industrial Robotics
• Robot Hardware
• Robot Applications
• Robot Safety
• Robot Selection Considerations
Chapter 7 Robot Programming
• Robot Programming Concepts
• Programming Methods
• Robot Programming Languages
• Robot Program Development, Organization, and Structure
• Writing Robot Program of Instructions
• Robot Simulation
• Robot Program Simulation Example

Chapter 8 Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
• Programmable Logic Control Overview
• Industrial Process Control
• PLC Terminology
• PLC Hardware Components
• PLC Applications
• Sensors and Actuators
• Implementing Automation with PLCs

Chapter 9 Programming PLCs
• Programming Concepts
• Ladder Logic Terminology
• Typical PLC Instruction Set
• PLC Programming Process
• PLC Program Simulation
• PLC Programming Example

Chapter 10 Automated Workstations and Work Cells
• Automated Workstations and Work Cells
• Workstation and Work Cell Components
• Automated Workstation and Work Cell Examples



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