A number of Engineering staff from Quinn Building Products and Quinn Packaging have recently completed a 5 day Siemens S7 Level 1 PLC training course to operate on site Programmable Logic Control systems.
The course was delivered by Ildana Training, and provided attendees with the relevant skills enabling them to now connect and fault find on the company’s Siemens S7 PLC systems. At present most of this work is done remotely by service Engineers in the UK and Germany. These systems control processes within the manufacturing of Quinn products, such as production lines and robotic devices.
The programmable controllers allow for computerised control of any process in an industrial environment, ensuring high reliability control with ease of programming and process fault diagnosis.
The course covered connecting to a Siemens S7 300 PLC training rack, identification of PLC hardware and setup, writing basic code in ladder, STL and FBD to control timers and activate outputs.
The Trainees were also able to use the PC tools to fault find, an essential task in the manufacturing process.
Speaking of the training provided, Phillip Butler, Reliability Manager at Quinn Therm, said,
“Our Engineering staff have received a very high standard of training on our PLC systems, which is essential to the operation of our processes and keeping our plants running.
One of the key areas of the training was ensuring the course attendees can now identify and hopefully pin point any PLC or Bus faults in the production process, which allows us to address issues quickly, with minimum impact on operating efficiency.
It is important that the individuals working with complex equipment, such as the PLC systems, have comprehensive knowledge of the hardware and software, with a detailed understanding of the functionality.
This is part of Quinn’s ongoing training and development programmes, which ensures our workforce are skilled and competent in every area of their work.”