Proportional Control Amplifier
By Terry Bartelt
Learners examine the operation of a proportional control amplifier and the two ways that it is programmed using proportional gain or proportional band. A brief quiz completes the activity.
In this animated object, learners examine how PLC up/down-counters are used to control an automated parking lot gate.
Sequencer Output Instruction for the SLC-500 PLC
By Craig Hemken
Learners examine the fundamental concepts of sequencer output instruction. A simulated example shows a sequencer in operation.
Electrical Units, Abbreviations, and Symbols
By Patrick Hoppe
In this learning activity you'll read introduction to electrical quantities, units, and symbols and test their knowledge in a matching exercise.
Learners examine dew point and the two types of humidity values, absolute and relative, along with the types of instruments used to measure them. The activity includes a video clip and a quiz.
Gear Nomenclature (Screencast)
By James Bourassa
In this interactive object, learners view various components of gears and read descriptions of them. Learners then identify the location of each of these components in a drag-and-drop exercise.
The Feed-Forward Control System
In this animated object, learners examine the operation of a feed-forward control system and its advantages over a closed-loop system. A brief quiz completes the activity.
Industrial Control Classifications
In this animated object, learners examine automated manufacturing systems classified as motion control, batch process control, and continuous process control.
Gear Ratio Concepts
In this animated object, learners examine the concept of gear ratios. The number of teeth, diameters, and velocity relationships are discussed and calculated using linear ratio equations. A quiz completes the activity.
In this animated activity, learners examine the operation of an ultrasonic sensor and the procedure to perform zero and span adjustments. A brief quiz completes the object.
Concepts of Programming 9: Pseudocode Repetition Structures using While Statements
By Jason Vosters
Explore repetition structures, which are commonly referred to as “Looping” statements, are a vital component of programming computer and industrial applications.
The Timing Functions of Optical Sensors
In this animated object, learners examine the switch settings for the on-delay, off-delay, and one-shot timing functions of an optical sensor. A brief quiz completes the activity.
The Hydraulic Pressure Switch
This animated lesson shows several ways that a hydraulic pressure switch, connected in a ladder circuit, causes the cylinder of a hydraulic circuit to perform various applications.
In this animated object, learners observe the operation of a J thermocouple with a cold junction. A table is used to convert the voltage it produces to a corresponding temperature. A brief quiz completes the activity.
In this animated object, learners examine the hysteresis function of a sensor.
The Hydraulic Color Code
Learners read an explanation of the color code used on schematic diagrams for hydraulic circuits. Circuit examples for each color are shown.
The Counter-Reset Function
Learners examine the counter-reset function of a programmable controller and how it is used.
Pneumatic Directional Control Valves
In this animated object, learners examine the operation of two-way, three-way, and four-way directional control valves used in pneumatic systems.
Derivative Control Mode Analogy
In this animated object, learners view a race of two boats as an example of how the derivative function of a PID controller shortens the time duration of an operation.
Inductive Proximity Sensors
Learners examine the operation of an inductive proximity sensor in this animated object. A brief quiz completes the activity.
Concepts of Programming 7: Pseudocode If Statements Structure
Identify the correct description of pseudocode if statements.
By Terry Bartelt, Stephen Schneider
In this colorful and animated activity, learners examine the four functions provided by a hydraulic reservoir. A brief quiz completes the learning object.
The Lockout/Tagout Procedure
Learners follow the seven steps involved in the lockout/tagout procedure. This activity has video content demonstrating the safety measures.
Electrical Generator Basics
In this animated activity, learners examine how a voltage is induced into a conductor when the conductor cuts across magnetic flux lines. They also view the four factors that determine how much voltage is generated. A brief quiz completes the learning object.