PLC or Programmable Logic Controllers are even today the de facto standard in industrial automation projects and applications. For a variety of reasons PLCs are best suited to the harsh and challenging environments prevailing in most industries. Hence a PLC is also an excellent platform for final year projects and other such student projects.
PLC SCADA projects are applicable to most core departments like ECE, EEE, EI and associated departments. Final year PLC projects can either be a purely hardware project addressing any automation requirement in Industrial applications or they can be a PLC SCADA projects, which offer a SCADA interface as a human machine interface. In such SCADA projects the user interface can be based either on dedicated SCADA tools or on customized SCADA using tools like LabVIEW and virtual instrumentation. It is also possible to implement final year SCADA projects that are only simulations of industrial processes and do not used a PLC at all.
Many IEEE projects based on PLC and SCADA are possible based on the many IEEE papers available. Alternatively final year PLC projects can be based on students own ideas, or some requirement from any industries that the students can come up with. In case of IEEE PLC SCADA projects students can take the problem statement from an IEEE paper and can provide their own solution to the problem as a PLC based final year project.
The one constraint that students come across when choosing a project based on PLC is the cost of the PLC used in the project. However at Ingens we have taken care of that using some state of the art very low cost PLC cores that can be used in PLC projects at almost the cost of a typical embedded systems project. In addition to this, students also have the option of implementing their project ideas that require a PLC and SCADA based on Soft PLC, which are gaining popularity of late, because of the flexibilities that they offer. Another limitation that students think of when selecting a final year project in based on PLC and SCADA is the fact that they require specialized PLC SCADA training, this however is not true. Students can take up projects in these fields without taking any special training as they are easy to understand and implement.