College - Author 1

College of Engineering

Department - Author 1

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Electrical Engineering

College - Author 2

College of Engineering

Department - Author 2

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree - Author 2

BS in Electrical Engineering



Primary Advisor

Taufik, College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Department

Additional Advisors

Jason Poon, College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Department Darrick Baker, Schneider Electric


This project entails the development of an electrical engineering undergraduate lab module focusing on utilizing a variable frequency drive (VFD) controlled with a programmable logic controller (PLC) — the Modicon M580. The variable frequency drive is a device that is able to automatically change the frequency of an object through automation without having to physically change the device that is being controlled (ex: fans, pumps, motors, etc.). This project will guide students to understand the software for programming and controlling the PLC within a 3 hour laboratory experiment. Throughout the lab, the students will learn how to implement the PLC with the VFD motor using Schneider’s software to change the frequency of the motor and implement the Proportional Integral and Derivative (PID) controller to maintain a desired speed. From this laboratory experiment, students will gain knowledge of the power of this PLC through a unique experience including seeing physical changes take place to further understand what they are actually doing on the simulation side.