PLC Output Modules
By Terry Bartelt, Terry Fleischman
The learner will understand the operation and configuration of various types of PLC output modules and how they're used.
The Reynolds Number
By Terry Bartelt
In this animated learning object, users study the factors that affect a pipe’s fluid flow and how those factors pertain to a numerical value (the Reynolds Number).
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.
Learners apply the principles associated with Boyle’s Law. A brief quiz completes the activity.
Series Motor Run-Away
Learners consider the changes inside a series motor that could cause it to break apart if the load was disconnected. A quiz completes the activity.
Reading a P&ID Loop
Learners follow steps for reading a P&ID diagram of a closed-loop circuit.
Ziegler-Nichols Continuous Cycling Tuning Method
In this animated and interactive object, learners follow steps to perform the process identification procedure for the Ziegler-Nichols Continuous Cycling Tuning Method. A short quiz completes the activity.
Hydraulic Color Code Circuit Example
In this animated and interactive object, learners use a color code to understand the operations of a hydraulic circuit. A brief quiz completes the activity.
Sizing Motor Overloads
By Terry Bartelt, Pat Jensen
Learners use the National Electrical Code to determine the size of a motor overload protection device.
Data Compare Instructions
In this animated object, learners examine three data compare instructions used by programmable logic controllers (PLCs). A practical application to show how these instructions are used in an industrial setting is provided.
Linear Displacement Transducer
Learners examine how a linear displacement transducer is used to measure the linear position of a physical object. Animations show the sequential steps of the entire operation.
Digital Position Control
In this animated object, learners examine a closed-loop feedback system that uses digital circuits to control the position of a gear rack.
Dynamic Braking Circuits
In this animated activity, learners examine the operation of a dynamic braking circuit used to quickly stop a motor.
Motor Speed Control
Learners examine the speed control circuits in a DC variable speed drive that cause the RPM of a motor to vary. This activity has audio content.
Signed Binary Numbers: 2's Complement
By John Casey, Terry Bartelt
Learners use this interactive and animated object to examine the use of binary numbers in a programmable logic controller. A brief quiz completes the activity.
The Absolute Rotary Encoder
The learner will gain an understanding of robot motion control by comprehending the fundamentals of the encoder.
Visual Logic Basic Programming: Using Flow Charts
By Jason Vosters
In this learning activity you'll understand what flow charts are and how they're used to create computer programs.
Learners examine an animated motion-controlled robotic arm and observe the operation of a PID (Proportional-Integral-Derivative) control that makes movements quickly without overshooting or having a steady-state error. This activity has audio content.
By James Bourassa, John Rosz
Learners apply lever ratios to calculate the mechanical advantage in basic mechanisms.
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.
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.
Pneumatic Cylinder Flow Control
Learners use animated needle valves and check valves to change the speed of a pneumatic cylinder as it extends and retracts. A brief quiz completes the learning object.
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.
Interlocking Ladder Diagrams
Learners examine how a ladder logic circuit becomes latched when a normally open pushbutton is momentarily pressed.
Simple Pneumatic Circuits
Learners examine the operation of five pneumatic animated circuits that use directional control valves, pilot lines, check valves, needle valves, and cylinders.