This course has been developed for industrial and service company technicians, and those who are interested in understanding industrial automation. The course will introduce learners to the application, operation of Distributed Control Systems (DCS), System Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and general industrial control systems. Candidates will develop practical skills and understanding of the processes and methods that are applied to develop and implement an industrial automation. In addition, candidates will have access to an extensive range of automation software, hardware, simulators and a virtual control room. The course content can be tailored to meet the specific requirements of customers’ business operations and processes.
Introduction to Industrial Automation
- Overview of automated control systems – PLC, DDC, DCS, SCADA
- Control types – open loop, closed loop, two-step, three-term, P, P+I, P+I+D, cascade, sequential, batch
- Control system tuning techniques – ultimate cycle, reaction curve, adaptive
- Control room systems – screens, mimic panels, plant operation, graphic displays, human/machine interfaces (HMI)
- Alarm, interlock and emergency shutdown systems – hierarchy, priority, application, response
- Process applications – hardware simulation, software simulation, system development software
- Logic operations – logic gates, relay logic
- PLC hardware – system architecture, scanning cycle, I/O termination, field devices
- Program languages – Function Block Diagram (FBD), Sequential Function Charts (SFC), Ladder Diagram (LD), Structured Text (ST)
- Program structure – logic blocks, timers, counters, special functions, SR latch, priority functions
- Application of Good Automated Manufacturing Practice (GAMP) and Good Engineering Practice (GEP) to system life cycle
This qualification is available to anyone who is capable of reaching the required standards. Entry on to the course will be subject to interview and considered on previous learning, experience or individual merit. As this is a technical subject proficiency in English, Mathematics and Science is required.
No specific requirement.
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