Programmable Automation Technologies: An Introduction to CNC, Robotics and PLCs

  • 6h 38m
  • Daniel E. Kandray
  • Industrial Press
  • 2010

Divided into four parts, Programmable Automation focuses on programmable automation technologies used in industry. Comprehensive yet concise, this unique textbook provides a solid foundation of analytical techniques to justify automation and the knowledge and instruction of how to program computer numerical controlled (CNC) equipment, industrial robots and programmable logic controllers (PLC). Through a very practical approach, readers will learn specific programming languages related to each technology including G code and ladder logic. And it is sure to be found useful by electrical, industrial, mechanical and/or manufacturing engineering technology undergraduate students, in addition to anyone in industry interested in learning about programmable automation and developing the corresponding programming skills.


  • Each chapter begins with an overview of chapter material with emphasis on desired outcomes and concludes with a summary, questions, and problems where appropriate.
  • Presents explicit skills and methodologies to aid in the programming process.
  • Features a good use of examples with numerous illustrations.
  • Uses computer simulation and actual lab equipment extensively in learning activities.

In this Book

  • Introduction to Programmable Automation
  • Automation Justification and Productivity Concepts
  • Introduction to Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
  • CNC Programming
  • CNC Simulation Software
  • Introduction to Robotics Technology
  • Robot Programming
  • Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
  • Programming PLCs
  • Automated Workstations and Work Cells