The father of the PLC explains its birth

In this exclusive interview, Dick Morley describes how the first Modicon PLC was created.

By Mike Bacidore, editor in chief

Dick Morley is considered by many to be the father of the programmable logic controller (PLC). His involvement with the creation of the first Modicon PLC for General Motors in 1968 was a historic step in the development of industrial controls.

We had the chance to sit down with Morley and ask him a variety of questions regarding the birth of the PLC and his specific involvement.

In this first installment of our series, Morley explains how the PLC originated.

We built them and we didn't know we were building them."


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