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 Customer Training Opportunity:

Unity Level 1 PLC Program class

Unity Level 1 PLC training

Time: 8:30AM – 5:00PM lunch provided

Location: Barr-Thorp Electric Co. 9245 W. 53rd Street Merriam KS., 66203

Course code:  UNY-L1

Duration:  3 Days
Type:  Instructor Led

Cost:  $1395.00 per student

Language:  English


Basic understanding of industrial controls as well as basic Microsoft Windows™ navigation skills


Upon completion of this course the student will have the skills to:

  • Configure a PLC
  • Develop simple programs in IEC editors
  • Create derived function blocks
  • Document programs


  • Unity Pro software
  • Modicon Quantum or Premium PLCs


  • Modicon Quantum and Premium PLC hardware modules and configuration
  • IEC 1131-3 overview
  • Programming language editors
    • FBD ladder
    • Structured Text
    • Instruction List
    • Derived function block
    • Sequential function chart

For additional information please contact
Dave Carl; 800-473-9123 / 913-827-9219

July 2016

 2016 FREE Automation Open House

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We are hosting an Automation Open House again this year to show our most recent products and services as well as new technologies.
This time, Barr-Thorp is proud to represent an “Event in a Box” of Schneider Electric products, including Control & Signaling, Contactors & Starters, PLC’s, Drives, HMI, and Motion.
Barr-Thorp will also have various vendor booths at 2016 Automation Open House: Comtrol, HIWIN, Hoffman, Kollmorgen, SICK, SMC, and Weidmuller. Visitors will be able to discuss with vendors and Barr-Thorp specialists directly upon individual needs.
Come and take a one-stop learning opportunity for everything you will need in your daily work!

11:00AM to 3:00PM
Friday, July 15, 2016
9245 W. 53rd St. Merriam, KS 66203
Roasted pork, burgers, hotdogs and drinks will be served.

RSVP is requested by 5:00pm July 8, 2016. Please call 913.827.9239 or email:

June 2016

 Magelis HMI GTU Hands-On Training

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Barr-Thorp Electric and Schneider Electric invite you to participate in an upcoming Magelis HMI GTU training class, taking place on Tuesday, July 19th from 8 AM to 2 PM.

The Magelis HMI GTU training session is a four-hour, hands-on session facilitated by a Schneider Electric expert, where you will learn how to operate, program, and customize the Magelis HMI GTU and Vijeo Designer software. The best part is that at the end of the session, the Schneider Electric products that you will have just trained on will be yours to keep (a value of more than $3,600)!

The Magelis GTU modular touch screen machine interface provides superior flexibility and ease of use, without compromising performance. Barr-Thorp Electric and Schneider Electric developed this program with you in mind to share all the innovative benefits that this unique HMI can provide for your machines. By participating, you will:

  • receive hands-on training on the latest Schneider Electric technology
  • learn how to build and program using the Magelis HMIGTU and Vijeo Designer software
  • take home the Schneider Electric products that you have just been trained on (a value of more than $3,600)

Registration for this session is $1,490 and seating is limited, so register now! 

For more information on the program, please call us at (913) 827-9239 or email us at  And, to learn more about Magelis HMI GTU, please visit us today.

April 2016

 “We are your PREMIER SUMMIT DISTRIBUTOR of SICK products”

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Barr-Thorp is now the premier SICK Summit Distribution partner in Kansas and Western Missouri.  Our team is available to provide your organization with timely product support and smooth transactions for SICK product.  Please let me know if I can provide you with additional information or assistance pertaining to the SICK product line.

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 Customer Training Opportunity:

VFD Fundamentals


Half-day training course, combining both lecture and hands on programming labs.  Provides general drives knowledge and step by step information on how to start up Schneider Electric variable frequency drives.


The following drive(s) are covered in this course, pending attendees VFD usage:

Altivar® 312

Altivar® 61


  • Start up Schneider Electric Square D variable drives.
  • Make adjustments to Schneider Electric drives
  • Basic trouble-shooting

For additional information please contact
Jim Sime; 1-800-473-9123


May 2013

 “Flag of Freedom Award”

Presented to Barr-Thorp Electric, Springfield, MO.


Barr-Thorp Electric, Springfield, was recently presented with the “Flag of Freedom Award” plaque. This distinguished award was presented to Barr-Thorp Electric due to hiring of new employee Leslie Tucker, who is a recent retiree from the US Air Force, and Barr-Thorp Electric’s continued support of active military and veteran employees. The Flag of Freedom Award plaque has an American Flag shoulder patch worn by a Missouri National Guardsman while in a Combat Theater.

Steve Lohman accepted this award from Al Smith, Veterans Representative of the Missouri Career Center,  on behalf of all of Barr-Thorp Electric employees.

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