Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Technology

PLC Technology. The Heartbeat of Industrial Automation.

Understanding PLC’s is important because they are used to control and automate various industrial processes and machines. Learning how to program and use PLCs can help students develop skills in logic, problem-solving, troubleshooting and system design. These skills are essential for engineers and technicians who work in various fields such as manufacturing, robotics, automation and renewable energy.

Festo offers a variety of systems and a solid pathway for students AND instructors to become proficient in this technology:

Step 1: Start with FluidSim for Meclab to learn the basics of schematics and programmable controllers

Step 2: Add a Mini Controller to your Meclab system

Step 3:  Add an I4.0 ready PLC’s by Allen Bradley and Siemens

Step 4: Explore NC3 certifications and stand-out among your peers!


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Festo PLC training systems offer great value when compared to DIY and include the following:

  • Built-in power supplies
  • Pre-wired and configurable I/O
  • Modular mounting and display options
  • Pre-engineered accessories that work! 

With Festo’s comprehensive curriculum options, train-the-trainer programs and local support, you can be confident your lab will have a sustainable and long-term partner to help facilitate your PLC training program.  Let our AET Labs technology consultants help select a customized solution that’s right for your program.

Featured Configurations

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Bench or panel mount PLC platform. Supports entry level Siemens Logo 8 and Easy 4 mini controllers. Mounts directly to existing pneumatic/hydraulic training benches



Bench and panel mount PLC Platform for Mini controllers in a sleek design. Fits A4 frame size.




A cost effective, bench mounted PLC platform featuring an Allen Bradley 1100 series controller.




A space savings PLC platform featuring Allen Bradley or Siemens series, mounted in a sturdy pelican style cases.




A compact panel mounted PLC platform featuring Mini’s, Festo, Allen Bradley or Siemens series controllers. The Edutrainer opens up a multitude of optional configurations for digital, analog, outputs, switches, connection sockets, networking options, displays and more.



A benchtop style PLC platform featuring the configurable Edutrainer system of components. Available in Allen Bradley, Siemens and Festo controllers.




The Advanced PLC training system features a rugged case with casters as well as components of the latest technology: a CompactLogix 5370 controller, a PanelView Plus 7 graphic terminal, and a Stratix 2000 industrial Ethernet switch. Available with optional Siemens S7-1200 PLC.





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AET Labs is an advisor and value-added reseller inspired to bring real-world industry experience to education with end-to-end technology lab solutions. We are application specialists, service technicians and knowledgeable consultants who combine experience, curated product lines, and the ability to implement with professionalism and forward thinking. As a partner to New England education visionaries since 2005, we value educating future generations.

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