Controllers: All you needed to know about PLCs, but didn’t know who to ask


Primarily intended as a textbook for community college courses, the fourth edition of William Bolton's Programmable Logic Controllers is a complete, highly readable introduction to PLCs that reaches sufficient depth to make it a useful reference for practicing engineers. If you are new to PLCs, or just need some brushing up, this book is an excellent self-study text. If you veteran PLC guru, it belongs on your reference shelf.

Bolton has kept jargon to a minimum, considered all the programming methods in the standard IEC 61131-3 software, and presented the subject in a way that is not device specific.

In this fourth edition, Bolton incorporated increased coverage of industrial systems as well as giving more consideration to IEC 61131-3 and all the programming methods in the standard. The new edition brings the book up to date with the current developments in PLCs, describing new and important applications such as PLC use in communications (Ethernet), and safety. He also increased coverage of commonly used PLCs, helpful for professionals wishing to update their knowledge.

Bolton, formerly Lecturer at Buckingham Chilterns University College, U.K. is an author of college texts in engineering and other technical subjects. As well as being a lecturer for many years, he has worked in industry, been head of research, development and monitoring at the British Training and Education Council and acted as a consultant for UNESCO and the Further Education Unit (FEU).

Programmable Logic Controllers
Fourth Edition
Author: William Bolton
ISBN: 0-7506-8112-8
333 Line Illustrations
3 Halftones images
304 Pages
Publication Date: 30 August 2006
Price: $34.95
Publisher: , a sister company to Control Engineering

C.G. Masi , Control Engineering senior editor

No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Choosing controllers: PLCs, PACs, IPCs, DCS? What's best for your application?; Wireless trends; Design, integration; Manufacturing Day; Product Exclusive
Variable speed drives: Smooth, efficient, electrically quite motion control; Process control upgrades; Mobile intelligence; Product finalists: Vote now; Product Exclusives
Machine design tips: Pneumatic or electric; Software upgrades; Ethernet advantages; Additive manufacturing; Engineering Leaders; Product exclusives: PLC, HMI, IO
This article collection contains the 5 most referenced articles on improving the use of PID.
Learn how Industry 4.0 adds supply chain efficiency, optimizes pricing, improves quality, and more.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Cyber security cost-efficient for industrial control systems; Extracting full value from operational data; Managing cyber security risks
Drilling for Big Data: Managing the flow of information; Big data drilldown series: Challenge and opportunity; OT to IT: Creating a circle of improvement; Industry loses best workers, again
Pipeline vulnerabilities? Securing hydrocarbon transit; Predictive analytics hit the mainstream; Dirty pipelines decrease flow, production—pig your line; Ensuring pipeline physical and cyber security