7. Mechatronics Circuits

• These circuits have been selected to be useful for interfacing controls or electronics to physical devices.

Common Considerations include power switching with PWM

7.1 User Input/Output

7.1.1 Multiplexing

• Large numbers of inputs and outputs tend to use PLCs inefficiently.

• Consider the example of 16 buttons in a keypad. If we connect each button to an input, 16 inputs will be required. But, it is also possible to connect the buttons to 4 outputs and 4 inputs.


• A similar multiplexing technique can be used for output, as is commonly done for LED digit displays. (Most red LED displays look constant, but they actually flicker at more than 30Hz).