Barr-Thorp Electric is a Modicon Certified Training Facility with a staff of certified factory trained engineers. Certified training classes are available throughout the year on-site at Barr-Thorp Electric, which eliminates the need for valuable hours spent on travel and the additional travel expenses.

On-site training courses can be tailored to fit your specific needs, whether they be software, hardware, or application training. Certain courses can be combined or customized which allows the customer the ability to specify the application, type, and breadth of training for your company and employees. Typical class sizes are 6-12 students.

Courses are taught by Factory Certified Application Engineers that have received a wide variety of certifications including Microsoft and Schneider Electric’s Transparent Factory Engineer certifications. Course Instructors are continuously trained on automation platforms and industry automation trends, as well as Internet technologies that have become a standard for automation controls systems.

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Upcoming Training Opportunities:

2017 Barr-Thorp Technology Expo
Friday, June 23, 2017

Understanding IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) | Presented by Red Lion I 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
• What is IIoT? • Connecting to different devices in multi-vendor environments (protocol conversion) • Control with Remote monitoring. Wi-fi, Cellular, Ethernet, serial. • Leverage data to make strategic and proactive machine maintenance decisions (visual management) • Network with industrial Ethernet.
Motion Basics | Presented by Kollmorgen | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
• Types of motors – AC Induction, DC, Servo, Stepper • Control Theory – Control, Drive, Motor, Feedback Systems • Application of precision motors • Topics to address in specifying motion systems • Examples of motion control applications
Safety and Risk Assessment Basics | Presented by SICK USA | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
• 6 steps to a safe machine overview • Latest Machinery Directive News • Design and selection of interlocking devices in accordance with EN ISO 14119 • Protecting Automated Loading and unloading points • Trends and New Innovations • SICK Safety FAQ

Unity Level 1 PLC Program class

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; 1-800-473-9123 / 913-827-9219


VFD Fundamentals


  • Location: Barr-Thorp Electric Co. 9245 W 53rdMerriam, KS 66203
  • Cost: $250 per student.
  • Description:

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.

  • Equipment:

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

Altivar® 312

Altivar® 61

  • Objectives:

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


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