MICROMASTER drive force

TIA Portal

109.69 114.27 

Course leader
Tomasz Gilewski
Duration 9h
Format Online, Flash Drive
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What do you get when you enrol on the Micromaster family drive programming course?

When you decide to attend your first training course in propulsion technology, you may fear that you will be saddled with complex knowledge, and that this will be delivered in an indigestible way. Nothing could be further from the truth! The course is designed to familiarise you with the basics of PLC in the context of safety, so you will receive carefully selected teaching aids:

More than 9 hours of HD videos - you can watch the videos indefinitely while consolidating your knowledge or looking for an independent solution to a problem.
Projects in the TIA Portal environment performed during the course - you will become familiar with the full functionality of the TIA Portal platform and gain a large dose of solid knowledge of Siemens PLC modules. No water and a maximum of specifics condensed into one whole.

Basic course in drive engineering - TIA Portal software

The online drive automation training course will enable you to gain knowledge about the functioning of different types of motors and their individual components - asynchronous motors, braking modules, gearboxes, DU/DT filters, frequency converters and many other components. This is a universal course, after which you will learn the principles of the Micromaster family of drives with the Siemens Simatic S7-1200 controller.

Most industrial equipment uses various types of drives. You will find them in transmission belts or boom arms. However, for a motor to work, you need a converter. This is a special device or system that adjusts the process parameters to meet specific requirements.

No worries! We recommend our training to all beginners who plan to deal with automation but have no experience with issues such as electric drives, selection of drive accessories, contact elements or input chokes.

If you have acquired a technical education and dream of working as an automation technician, but don't know how to get started with PLCs and drives, you have come to the right place! After our course, terms such as gearmotor, ferrite rings, operating positions or operating factor will no longer be a mystery to you

What is the Fundamentals of Propulsion Technology course about?

The course programme focuses on the Micromaster 440 inverter for small applications. This drive family is distinguished by its compact and modular design, which is easy to adapt to the workstation. It also features convenient sensorless vector control.

However, that is not all. The device has a built-in braking transistor and a proportional-integral-differential controller, known as a PID. With its removable panel, the Micromaster 440 can be used with all types of frequency converters.

Our training in drive technology is dedicated to anyone wishing to explore the secrets of programming and optimising the operation of equipment such as machine tools, plastics processing lines or packaging machines. In all of these machines, the Micromaster 440 module and Siemens S7-1200 controllers are used most often. They are versatile and can be easily modified and adapted to handle a specific type of task.

In combination with TIA Portal, it creates a very powerful programming environment. Although it is now possible to program the Siemens Simatic S7-1200 in several languages, the training aims to introduce you to the graphical programming language LAD, popularly known as Ladder, as it resembles an electronic circuit diagram and is extremely accessible to beginners.

The TIA Portal software for training consists of two parts:

  • Step 7 module for PLC programming;
  • WinCC Comfort/Advanced module for creating visualisations.

The Micromaster Starter app will provide you with intuitive operation, whether you are just starting out with drive programming or have already taken your first steps into industrial programming.

Siemens S7-1200 PLC programming is convenient as it does not require you to purchase any additional software or hardware.

You will be solving all your problems in the TIA Portal v. 15.1 environment, which is just for controlling Siemens modules. You can download it for free from the manufacturer's website and the software will retain full functionality for 21 days. This is far more than you need to complete your PLC training. If you have older versions of the TIA Portal platform, you can also complete the entire training.

So, what, you want to find out that you don't have to wade through thick books written in a complicated language to acquire the knowledge of programming Safety PLCs in the LAD language? Do you want to learn how to create instructions for Siemens PLCs that are both efficient and safe? Here we go!

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Key information about the course

Interesting additional issues

With us you will learn about the practical application of the solutions discussed, we will reveal tricks, trivia and non-obvious applications of the PLCs discussed. You will be delighted to reach for more knowledge.

Preparation for teamwork

After this course, he or she will work efficiently on projects of varying scales in both small companies and large corporations that require a creative approach to problem solving.

You will learn the most common mistakes in PLC programming

You will learn how to work effectively and avoid mistakes, the more and less obvious ones.

You will feel like a real automation specialist

In the hands of automation often rests the safety of the entire team. Check out the virtual factory app to see what you'll be up against and don't let obstacles defeat you at work.

You learn from the best

There are many ways to program, but we only teach the effective, efficient and ethical ones. Learn about good programming practices with us.

Why choose this drive technology course in particular?

You'll find many a guide on the market for people wanting to explore driveline techniques, but our training is a whole different level. What can a really great course look like?

Our course will run on any platform You can get to grips with the material provided whether you're running Windows 7, 8.1 or 10. It's a shame to spend money on a new PC when your previous hardware can handle our course perfectly.
You do not need to buy any additional equipment The course is conducted on a simulator that allows visualisation of the various activities.
You don't spend money on software All exercises are based on the TIA Portal platform, which you can download and use free of charge. For you, this means less expense and a cheaper qualification.
You work in peace and quiet You solve all the issues on your own, without the group acting as a distraction, and you sit down to the training when you have the time and inclination. As a result, you assimilate knowledge much more efficiently and quickly.
You gain practical knowledge You will learn how to operate the Micromaster family of drives, which are most commonly used in many industries. With us, you will gain qualifications that are in demand by employers and get the job you have always dreamed of.
No time wasted on notes Our course is delivered in a convenient online format, and you gain unlimited access to the learning materials and review them whenever you want. Forget about jotting everything down in a notebook you'll never look at. We have selected and arranged them so that you can quickly find what you need in the materials.
The course is conducted in the form of a video This allows you to repeat each passage as many times as you need. You will go through each activity in detail and get rid of the doubts that often plague beginners.

Sample lesson / What you will do after the course

What is the training like for those wishing to explore drive system parameterisation?

The training programme consists of four parts, each of which is dedicated to different blocks of issues. Once you have completed all of them, you will have safely and effectively programmed the drive modules and used them in your daily work to increase employee safety and improve plant operations.

Drive techniques are very important knowledge in the work of any automation technician and often underestimated in practice. Understanding it is essential for realising the full potential of PLCs. Start learning from the best and gain industry-critical practice.

Once you have completed all modules, you will have a working knowledge of Micromaster drive programming that you will use in your everyday duties. You will find that theoretical knowledge is not everything. Plan your career with PLCSpace training courses.

Part 1
  • Module 1
    • STARTER software installation
  • Module 2
    • Electrical connection of the PLC
  • Module 3
    • About the course author
Part 2
  • Module 1 - Introduction to drive control
    • Construction of the asynchronous motor
    • Torque vs. speed relationship
    • Connection of power supply to the motor
    • Discussion of the rotating magnetic field
    • Stator and rotor - mutual interaction
    • The issue of slip in an asynchronous motor
    • Current and torque relationship of the motor
      asynchronous - characteristics
    • Block diagram of the converter design
    • Motor start using a converter
    • U/f control
  • Module 2 - MICROMASTER converters
    • Types of converters manufactured by SIEMENS
    • MICROMASTER 4xx family
    • Summary of opportunities
    • Summary of parameters
    • Modular design of the MM440 converter
    • Optional modules MICROMASTER 440
    • Combination of optional filter and choke
    • Diagram of MICROMASTER 440
    • Correct connection of the converter
    • Ways of controlling a motor from a converter
    • Tool software
Part 3
  • Module 1 - Configuring the MM440 using the BOP
    • Editing functions of the BOP panel keys
    • Presentation of parameters on the BOP during editing
    • Range of displayed parameters on the BOP panel
    • Quick engine start
    • Possible sources of setpoint and control signal
    • Viewing of converter operating parameters on the BOP panel
  • Module 2 - Control of the MM440 from digital inputs
    • Motor parameter settings and control method
    • Country-specific power units and control method
    • Determining the operating mode of the converter
    • Defining how to control the converter
    • Assignment of motor limit parameters
    • Recalculation of engine settings after configuration
    • Writing settings to the converter
    • Engine parameter identification message
    • Test engine start-up
    • Assignment of corresponding functions to the digital inputs
    • Table of speeds set using digital inputs
    • Modification of drive ramp parameters
    • Example use of digital outputs
  • Module 3 - Speed reference MM440 from analogue input
    • Changing the speed setting
    • Storage of changes in non-volatile memory
    • Parameterisation of the MM440 analogue input
    • RAM storage in ROM
Part 4
  • Module 1 - STARTER Software
    • Welcome window
    • Project wizard - pre-settings
    • Project wizard - communication interface settings
    • Project wizard - definition of drive parameters
    • Inserting the drive into the project - Offline configuration
    • Parameter tree for the drive
    • STARTER communication function icons
    • Selecting an access point for the STARTER application
    • Checking the list of available drives
    • Establishing a connection with the configured drive
    • Resetting the drive to factory settings
    • Access to a complete list of drive parameters
9h Knowledge hours
15 Course modules
649 Satisfied students

Software and hardware used

TIA Portal software

Totally integrated automation is a development environment that combines PLC (programming), HMI(visualisation) and startdrive(drive technology).

CPU S7-1200

The new controller, which has been developed as a successor to the S7-200, is characterised by slightly weaker parameters than the S7-300 family. Several CPU versions present in the family allow selection according to project requirements.


In the past, motor control was based on the on/off principle. This changed in the 1990s where infinitely variable control of the electric motor produced economical results.

What will you be able to do after completing the course?

Completing our course will enable you to find employment in a wide variety of industries. The practical knowledge you gain will make it easy for you to interest the employer of your choice in your services. Find out what you can do after the propulsion technology course.

Process automation officer Industrial automation has no secrets for you. You will easily enter the world of their creation and application.
Sales Engineer You will translate practical knowledge into effective solutions for the company's clients. You will effectively advise the best ones and guarantee that the recipient is fully satisfied with your services.
PLC programmer You will learn about the dependencies that exist between the various modules of the device, configure them and ensure that they work flawlessly.
Product manager Programming and sales? Why not! You are the one who will most effectively ensure an increase in the number of orders and a high quality of their service. You will turn your knowledge of product links into results.

Practical knowledge that is really important on the labour market cannot be learned at school. You won't get it from theoretical subjects and boring repetitions. Put your knowledge into practice, which is what employers value most. You don't need experience to become a specialist!

and certificate

If, after 14 days of purchase, you find that it is not for you, I will refund 100% of the course price. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a certificate in two languages - Polish and English.

Frequently asked questions

  • Will I receive a confirmation after my purchase?

    Yes, you receive an email. Sometimes emails end up in SPAM or other folders. Please check your mailbox carefully.

  • Is there a difference between the media on which the course can be ordered?

    No. The material is the same regardless of the type of storage medium. At the time of purchase, you decide which type of data carrier you choose, i.e. onlineDVD or USB.

  • Which PLC programming language should I choose when starting out?

    If you are an electrician then LAD. If there has been any exposure to text-based languages (C, C++, C#, Java, etc) then SCL. If there has been no exposure to any programming at all then the basic course is LAD and SCL (the solution to each task is shown in two languages).

  • Is this course for me if I have never used a PLC?

    Yes. The basic courses are just set up so that people with no exposure to Siemens PLCs can learn such skills. The student is guided step by step (as can also be seen in the course table of contents).

  • What tools are used for consultation?

    Consultations take place via Skype or TeamViever.

  • How do I make an appointment for a consultation?

    Please send an email to biuro@plcspace.pl with your questions (problems) and suggestions for a convenient date for your consultation (via Skype or Teamviever).

  • How long are the consultations valid?

    This is 60 calendar days from the date of purchase.

  • Can I deliver the course on different computers?

    Yes. The course material (videos) can be viewed on any computer.

  • What does the online version of the course look like?

    You receive the course by email, where there are private links to the videos.

  • What if a problem arises during the course?

    Please email me with a description of the problem at: biuro@plcspace.pl.

  • What is the access time for the course?

    No time limits for any medium (i.e. online, DVD or USB version).

  • Do I need to have any experience with programming?

    No. The basic course gives step-by-step all the information needed from 'scratch'.

  • Will I need to purchase a licence for the Factory IO software?

    No. There is information in the course on how to obtain licences to complete the material.

  • Will I need to purchase a licence for the PLC development environment?

    No. There is information in the course on how to obtain licences to complete the material.

  • Is it possible to return the course?


  • Will I need a PLC to deliver the course?

    No. A real controller is not necessary. The course is designed in such a way that it can also be completed on a virtual controller. It all depends on what the trainee has at their disposal.

  • How do I buy a course?

    Just click Add to basket and complete the form and make payment.

  • When does the course start?

    -> Online version - immediately after payment
    -> Physical version - when you receive the package from the carrier.

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What sets this course apart is the opportunity to acquire practical, concrete knowledge. Everything is clearly explained. Definitely recommended!


After going through the course, I know what the components of the programming environment are and what to do step by step. Now I feel confident and know what I am doing


Course delivered in a very accessible way. Contains a lot of interesting and useful information.


I can honestly recommend the course. It is solid and factual knowledge. I will definitely be buying more.


Thanks to the course, I have decided to go further in this direction. The goal is to look for a more challenging and better job


The course prepared by Mr Tomasz is distinguished by its high level of content and meticulously prepared lessons. They are planned in a clear and sensible manner, making it easier to assimilate knowledge and return to the material if necessary. An additional advantage is the possibility of a free consultation.


Definitely recommended! The facts themselves, no unnecessary dwelling on issues.


This is my first course, certainly not my last. I am impressed with the substantive quality of the knowledge.


Everything clearly explained, you can really learn a lot. Lots of practical information and examples to help you remember everything. In my opinion, it is worth using this form of learning because you can learn anytime and anywhere. It is practical and convenient.

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MICROMASTER drive force

Tomasz Gilewski
Hello, my name is Tomasz Gilewski. I am the founder of PLCspace, author of books on the S7-1200 controller and HMI panels (i.e. Siemens hardware). I have been programming exclusively on Siemens hardware and engineering tools for several years.
Why Siemens?
- My first project in 2007 was an intersection traffic light based on the LOGO! Programmable Logic Relay. While learning the fundamental principles of the hardware and interface, I noticed the simplicity, intuitiveness and speed of integration for various SIMATIC systems. I noticed deficiencies in the form of functionality when working on controllers from other manufacturers.
- It is well known that Siemens automation equipment is robust and durable. Proof of this can be found in the PLCs of the SIMATIC S5 family from the 1980s, which many factories are still using today. P
In my 14 years of work, I have learnt every checkbox and what it is used for.
 STEP5, STEP7, MicroWin, LogoSoft Comfort, Starter, WinCC flexible, TIA Portal were the most popular Siemens software. I have gained experience by taking
- participation as a programmer, or more like a software engineer, in around 50 application projects for industries such as food, construction, automotiv, texyl, among others.
- Some of these applications were prototypes.I had to adapt to constant changes in design assumptions , which is quite a difficult task for a programmer. Another challenge was
- implementation of multiple software modifications to already running applications, i.e. the need to analyse the programme code after another programmer.
- I have spent very many hours looking for solutions to problems, parameterisation of various functionalities
Education itself.
New versions of engineering tools, firmware and hardware are released periodically. To keep up to date, I participate
- in on-site training at Siemens and its distribution companies
(a) LOGO!
(b) basic and advanced training in SIMATIC S7-300
(c) basic and advanced training in SIMATIC S7-1200
(d) safety training with SIMATIC S7-1500F
(e) visualisation training
- in numerous on-site and online workshops organised by Siemens related to SIMATIC systems.
- reading manuals
Helping others
I have decided to help and share my knowledge and experience with others , especially with those who are taking their first steps in programming. I want to make it easier for them to get to know this world. That is why
- since 2014, I have been running a blog located at s7-scl.pl where I describe various interesting topics about SIMATIC systems
- in 2015, my first book on the basics of S7-1200 programming in SCL language was published
- In later years I wrote several other books on
a)S7-1200 programming in LAD language
b) visualisation on a SIMATIC HMI panel
Provision of classroom training
I am currently active within the PLCspace company, where, in addition to programming work for new applications or upgrades to existing applications, I am involved in providing classroom training in many cities in Poland (Warsaw, Gdansk, Poznan, Krakow) as well as directly at company headquarters for their employees. Training topics include:
a)programming of SIMATIC S5, S7 systems in any programming language
(b)visualisation, i.e. human-machine interface on HMI basic and comfort panels
(c)diagnostics, i.e. everything maintenance staff need to know to keep machines and lines working properly. If a fault occurs, you will find the cause of the downtime in the shortest possible time
(d) communications, where exercises take place to exchange data over the various communication network standards used in industry
e) safety, which translates as machine and process safety. This training covers the most important standards a programmer should know, as well as the configuration of fail-safe hardware and the exercise of safety functions for handling components (e.g. Safety Mushroom).
f)drive engineering where exercises on parameterisation of frequency converters for motor control are conducted
Training is based on Factory IO
- actual mini lines and have several levels of sophistication.
Video courses
I am the author of several video training courses on:
- s5, s7-300/400 s7-1200/1500 controller programming
- visualisation for the Basic and Comfort panels
- diagnosis of classic systems such as the s7-300/400 and new systems such as the s7-1200/1500
- communication based on the new s7-1200/1500 controllers
- safety using SIMATIC S7-1200F
- Drive technology based on MICROMASTER and SIMATIC V20 frequency converters

TIA Portal software

Totally integrated automation is a development environment that combines PLC (programming), HMI(visualisation) and startdrive(drive technology).

The software comes in two versions:
  • basic -> allows programming of S7-1200 family PLCs
  • professional -> allows programming of all CPUs supported by the development environment
It is the successor to the SIMATIC Manager package, which has been well-known since the 1990s.
This allows you to effectively and efficiently create designs for control systems in industrial applications. Key features include:
  • drag & drop functionality for symbols, variables, devices
  • readability and intuitiveness of editors
  • intelligent interface for the automation programmer
  • common symbology and data for each device in the project
  • online diagnostics and testing
It is an intuitive programme, easy to learn and trivial to use while working. It provides the highest level of productivity for the engineer. The TIA Portal tool has been developed by Siemens thanks to its many years of experience in designing industrial automation softwares.

CPU S7-1200

The new controller, which has been developed as a successor to the S7-200, is characterised by slightly weaker parameters than the S7-300 family. Several CPU versions present in the family allow selection according to project requirements.

Key benefits:

  • modular construction The CPU can be expanded with additional I/O, communication and technology modules

  • built-in technological functionsoptimised for regulation, weighing, high-speed counters, telemetry, identification
  • modern programming with new functionalities communication integrated PROFINET (also PROFIsafe version F) and Modbus TCP-IP, PROFIBUS processors, serial (RS232, RS422/485)
  • data security access protection, copy protection, access levels
  • built-in diagnostics diagnostic messages displayed on the TIA Portal, the embedded Web server, the SIMATIC application and the HMI
  • Customer benefits - Proven in many industrial applications- Long-term availability and compatibility- Prepared for use in harsh environments- Modular, easily expandable, scalable
  • Scope of application - Control using central and distributed I/O - Technological tasks

The SIMATIC S7-1200 is a modular microsystem for low and medium performance applications. The central processing unit (CPU) contains the operating system and the user program. The user programme is located in load memory and is immune to power failure. The execution-relevant parts of the user programme in working memory with fast access are processed. The user programme can be transferred to the CPU using a memory card (MC) - as an alternative to transfer via an online connection to the PG programmer. The memory card can also be used as external loading memory or for software (firmware) updates. Connections to the process (object signals) are realised by on-board (built-in) inputs and outputs, the number of which depends on the processor version (the higher the model the more of them there are). The on-board inputs and outputs are specifically designed to support integrated high-speed counters (HSC). The operating system (firmware) additionally includes pulse-width modulated output pulse generators, as well as technology objects for controlling stepper motors. Expansion of the central unit can be realised by means of:

  • signal boards (SB) can be used to extend the built-in inputs and outputs.
  • signal modules (SM), these are available in digital and analogue signal versions.


In the past, motor control was based on the on/off principle. This changed in the 1990s where infinitely variable control of the electric motor produced economical results.

The MICROMASTER family inverter is of the "stand-alone" type, i.e. it is connected to the mains on one side and to the motor on the other (it can operate without the assistance of other devices).The MICROMASTER inverter is suitable for a variety of variable speed drive applications. It is particularly suitable for applications with pumps, fans and in conveyor systems. It is the ideal cost-optimised inverter solution. The inverter is particularly characterised by its customer focus, i.e. performance and ease of use.The MICROMASTER inverter has a modular design. The operator panels and communication modules can be easily replaced without the need for any tools.

  • Easy, controlled start-up
  • Modular design allows maximum configuration flexibility
  • Three fully programmable isolated digital inputs
  • One analogue input (0 V to 10 V, scalable) or for use as a fourth digital input
  • One programmable analogue output (0 mA to 20 mA)
  • One programmable output relay
  • Quiet motor operation through high pulse frequency, adjustable (observe derating) If necessary)

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