A one day hands-on course covering the 4 steps you need to get your sensors communicating data with your PLC.

By the end of the course you will be able to control and monitor sensors from your PLC and collect data which can be used to increase plant efficiency and productivity.

£650 plus VAT per person, 2nd person per company £325 + VAT. As places are limited there is a maximum of 2 people per company allowed on any one date.

Each company that completes the training will receive a SICK IO-Link Master Starter Kit worth £295. (1 per company).

Who should attend

Engineers, Machine Builders, End Users with basic knowledge and above of PLC programming.

To get the most out of the course, attendees should have some experience of using Siemens TIA Portal.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the training you will be able to:

  • Install an IO-Link master, the interface between your PLC and sensors
  • Understand the capabilities of IO-Link sensors and the data that can be collected
  • Install a sensor on your PLC and communicate basic IO
  • Use Function Blocks that give you greater control and access to the data on-board the sensors
Each attendee will be able to write a programme to control multiple sensors and receive data that can be used to monitor their performance and allow simple replacement.


The day will run from 9.30am until 4.30pm and will be split as follows:

  • IO-Link Master installation demo and hands-on
  • SOPAS sensor integration tool demo
  • Sensor installation to a PLC demo and hands-on
  • Function Block installation demo and hands-on
  • Hands-on. Develop your own programme for sensor control, quality control and predictive maintenance

Lunch and refreshments will be provided, please inform us of any allergies or dietary requirements.
Cost £650 plus VAT per person, 2nd person per company £325 + VAT.  Only 8 places available per event.

4th March 2020: SICK UK LTD, St Albans (Fully Booked)
2nd April 2020: SICK UK LTD, St Albans (Limited Spaces)
7th May 2020: SICK UK LTD, St Albans
Date TBC: Ireland (please register your interest below)

If you prefer, you can book this as on-site training for a cost of
£2000 plus VAT per day**

For enquiries, please email

Please complete your details to book a place.
All places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Your data will be treated in line with Data protection law.  

The fee is non-cancellable within 10 days of the event. If you are unable to attend,  someone else may attend in your place.

** This cost covers up to 10 people from your company. If the trainer/s needs to stay overnight additional expenses will be charged. These will be agreed with you before booking is finalised.