Siemens Blended Learning
Siemens the global leader in automation now provides "Blended Learning" educational support. Blended learning leverages multi-media technologies providing students an opportunity to "jump-start" learning. When students are at a common base level of competency and have a unified technical vocabulary, skill building can be accelerated. Siemens classroom training courses have moved to a "systems environment" which better represents the real-world challenges students face daily. This systems environment now includes the S7 PLC, Human Machine Interface, Drive systems, Ethernet and PROFIBUS
Self Study Course Options
PLCs for Beginners
This on-line course is a solid introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers. Students will learn the key terminology and architecture of Siemens SIMATIC S7 automation systems. In addition, students will build needed skills in the fundamentals of I/O addressing, numbering systems and basic program logic elements. Students completing this Blended Learning module will be better prepared for any Siemens entry level S7 course.
Prerequisite to: S7 System Tools & Troubleshooting 1, S7 TIA Programming 1, S7200 Programming & Maintenance
This on-line course provides the fundamental of the architecture and communications protocols of a PROFIBUS network. The principles of the server-client device relationships, token passing and client polling are presented with animated graphics. Basic network installation rules and media types are introduced. Typical PROFIBUS DP data communication and management issues including application examples are provided. Student completing this Blended Learning module will have a distinct head start when attending the hands-on classroom course.
Prerequisite to: S7 System Tools & Troubleshooting 1, S7 TIA Programming 1, S7 PROFIBUS, S7 Network SERVICE
This on-line course provides an introduction to PROFINET communications. The emerging field communication standard which enables faster communications, localized control and leverages industry standard Ethernet protocols is the focus of this tutorial. The session begins with a definition of PROFINET and its advantages. Data exchange concepts including TCPIP are defined and demonstrated through animated graphics. Network structures and addressing principles are next including maintenance tasks of device diagnostics and replacements. Using STEP7 in the configuration and diagnostics of a network is detailed. The tutorial ends with a module on security concerns and a summary of the learning session. A complete review of this tutorial should take between 4-6 hours to complete.
Prerequisite to: S7 Service 3, S7 TIA Programming 3, S7 Ethernet, S7 Network Service, S7 PROFINET
Pro Tool Pro
This on-line course provides a quick tour of ProTool software. Most control system today have some from of Operator Interface for control, monitoring or alarm management purposes. The Siemens systems environment learning includes issues of interfacing the PLC with the Operator Panel and it's value in the system troubleshooting process. This tutorial provides a jump-start to navigating a typical operator panel project including moving to various screens, interpreting and acknowledging alarms and dynamic controls. In addition, this tutorial provides a basic introduction to a simple project configuration including graphics design, PLC data tagging and management. This Blended Learning module will provide the student with a solid foundation of any typical Human Machine Interface (HMI) and it's interface to the PLC.
Prerequisite to: S7 System Tools & Troubleshooting 1, S7 TIA Programming 1, ProTool Configuration
The STEP7 Blended Learning tutorials are all down loadable modules. From basic system configuration through the fundamentals of HMI integration, these Blended Learning modules fully prepare the student for hands-on classroom activities. Each module includes a menu of sub-topics with full animation and narration for an easy and fun learning experience. Accelerate your learning with Siemens Blended Learning tutorials.
Prerequisite to: S7 System Tools & Troubleshooting 1, S7 TIA Programming 1
The SIMATIC Manager (13 min., 32 MB)
S7 Architecture (21 min., 46 MB)
The Basic Languages - LAD, STL, FDB (21 min., 43 MB)
Testing & Commissioning Functions (25 min., 60 MB)
Communication with STEP7 (16 min., 43 MB)
HMI - Integration in STEP7 (13 min., 30 MB)
This on-line course provides a solid introduction into Industrial Ethernet technology. Student will learn the basic network architecture rules, cabling options and commissioning issues of a Ethernet network. The TCP/IP protocol including the 7 layer model is discussed in detail. Standard network components of hubs, switches, repeaters and links are presented with examples of typical network layouts. The session concludes with a step-by-step procedure for configuring Ethernet within STEP7 software. Students completing this Blended Learning module will have a great start on the key issues and terminology of networking and will be prepared for the next level of hands-on implementation and troubleshooting.
Prerequisite to: S7 Service 3, TIA Programming 3, S7 Ethernet, S7 Network Service