Since the first edition of this book in 1988, the capabilities of programmable logic controllers have grown by leaps and bounds. Likewise, the applications of PLCs have grown with them. In fact, in today’s increasingly computer-controlled environment, it is almost impossible to find a technical industry that does not use programmable controllers in one form or another. To respond to these phenomenal changes, we introduce the second edition of Programmable Controllers: Theory and Implementation.
This second edition, like the first, provides a comprehensive theoretical, yet practical, look at all aspects of PLCs and their associated devices and systems. However, this version goes one step further with new chapters on advanced PLC topics, such as I/O bus networks, fuzzy logic, the IEC 1131-3 program-ming standard, process control, and PID algorithms. This new edition also presents revised, up-to-date information about existing topics, with expanded graphics and new, hands-on examples. Furthermore, the new layout of the book—with features like two-tone graphics, key terms lists, well-defined
headings and sections, callout icons, and a revised, expanded glossary—makes the information presented even easier to understand.
This new edition has been a labor-intensive learning experience for all those involved. As with any task so large, we could never have done it alone. Therefore, we would like to thank the following companies for their help in bringing this book to press: Allen-Bradley Company—Industrial Computer Group, ASI-USA, B & R Industrial Automation, Bailey Controls Company, DeviceNet Vendors Association, ExperTune Software, Fieldbus Foundation, Hoffman Engineering Company, Honeywell—MicroSwitch Division, LANcity—Cable Modem Division of Bay Networks, Mitsubishi Electronics, Omron Electronics, Phoenix Contact, PLC Direct, PMC/BETA LP, Profibus Trade Organization, Schaevitz Engineering Company, Siemens Automation, Square D Company, Thermometrics, and WAGO.