As part of the preparation for the new Jaguar model to be built at Halewood Merseyside, a requirement for refresher training in PLC programming methods used was identified. Crown Control Systems were asked to devise a suitable course for the body shop maintenance electricians to meet this need.
As there were over 40 electricians earmarked for training, it was important to keep the course short and focussed.
It was therefore proposed that an intensive one day course should be devised covering the EDDI programming standard widely used in the car industry. Since an adaption of this standard (known as JADS) was to be used on the Jaguar project, it was felt that this would provide an ideal introduction.
To keep the tutorial focussed and individual, Crown stipulated that no more than three personnel should attend each course.
This proposal was readily agreed to by the customer. The course took the form of a brief grounding in the theory of the software method, followed by a practical exercise in which the course delegates had to devise machine flowcharts, develop step sequences and design a PLC program.
Feedback from the course was very positive and Crown Control Systems have subsequently carried out two more training courses for Halewood’s maintenance electricians.