Luiz Affonso Guedes

He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Pará (UFPA, 1988), a Master's degree in Electronic Engineering and Computing from the Aeronautical Technological Institute (ITA, 1991) and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP, 1999). He is currently a full professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte. Has experience in the areas of computer engineering and industrial automation, with emphasis on diagnostics and operational reliability of industrial processes in the context of industry 4.0.

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Despite the great technological advancement experienced in recent years, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) are still used in many applications from the real world and still play a central role in infrastructure of industrial automation.  PLC operate in the factory-floor level and are responsible typically for implementing logical control, regulatory control strategies, such as PID and fuzzy-based algorithms, and safety logics. Usually PLC are interconnected with the supervision level through communication network, such as Ethernet networks, in order to work in an integrated form. In this context, this book was written by professionals that work and research in automation area and it has two major objectives. The first objective is present some advances in methodologies and techniques for development of industrial programs based on PLC.  The second objective is present some PLC-based real applications from various areas such as manufacturing system, robotics, power system, communication system, and education.

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