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This comprehensive course covers the essentials of SCADA and PLC systems, which are often used in close association with each other. A selection of case studies are used to illustrate the key concepts with examples of real world working SCADA and PLC systems in the water, electrical and processing industries.
This course will be an excellent opportunity to network with your peers, as well as to gain significant new information and techniques for your next SCADA / PLC project. Although the emphasis of the course will be on practical industry topics highlighting recent developments, using case studies, the latest application of SCADA, PLC technologies and fundamentals will be covered.
The inevitable question is which PLC is being used. We present this course focusing on the generic PLC and use the open programming IEC 61131-3 standard. For specific examples we use the Allen Bradley range, but are not selling Allen Bradley or for that matter any other PLC!
This course is designed to benefit you with practical up-to-date information on the application of PLC systems to the automation and process control industries. It is suitable for people who have little or no exposure to PLCs, but expect to become involved in some or all aspects of PLC installation. It aims to give practical advice from experts in the field, to assist you to correctly plan, program and install a PLC with a shorter learning curve and more confidence. While the course is ideal for electricians, technicians and engineers who are new to PLCs, much of the material covered will be of value to those who already have some basic skills, but need a wider perspective for larger and more challenging tasks ahead. The information covered advances from the basics to challenge even the most experienced engineer in the industry today.
Introduction and brief history of PLCs
Alternative control systems - where do PLCs fit in?
Why PLCs have become so widely accepted
Lingering concerns about PLCs
FUNDAMENTALS OF PLC HARDWARE
Block diagram of typical PLC
PLC processor module - memory organisation
Input and output section - module types
Fundamentals and definition of terms
Comparison of SCADA, DCS, PLC and
Typical SCADA installations
SCADA SYSTEM HARDWARE
Comparison of SCADA, DCS, PLC and Smart instruments
Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) structure
Analog and digital input/output modules
PLCs used as RTUs
Master site structure
Point-to-point and point-to-multipoint systems
System reliability and availability
Configuration of a master station
Methods of representing Logic, Boolean Algebra, instruction code and graphical presentation
Fundamental ladder logic instruction set
Comparison of different manufacturers, memory and data representation and instruction code
USING LADDER LOGIC FOR SIMPLE DIGITAL FUNCTIONS
The basic rules
Comparison of relay ladder diagrams
The concept of the 'scan' and how to apply it
Contact 'normal' states
Positive and negative logic
Basic Boolean functions
The usefulness of DeMorgan's Law
USING REGISTERS (WORDS)
Number systems, Timers, Types of register data, Counters, Bit shift and rotate, Table functions and Register (Matrix) logic functions
Components of a SCADA system
Software - design of SCADA packages
Configuration of SCADA systems
Building the user interface
Connecting to PLCs and other hardware
SCADA system design
The Twelve Golden Rules
Keeping track of addresses and data used
Looking ahead - how will programs be maintained?
Practical methods to improve quality: organisation of code, thorough documentation and simplifying changes
GOOD INSTALLATION PRACTICE
Location of hardware
Good wiring practice
Cable spacing, power distribution and wire numbering
Reducing noise and interference
Screening and shielding
Human and ergonomic factors
Design and layout
Alarming and reporting philosophies
Alarm system design
GOOD INSTALLATION PRACTICE
Recommended installation practice
The concept of reusable logic
Examples, drive logic and alarm handling
Use of advanced programming functions
Table functions and indirect addressing
Example: simple display driver
BATCH PROCESSES AND SEQUENTIAL CONTROL
Remembering the program state
Creating a 'stepper'
Fault detection and recovery
Multiple recipes or alternative paths
Sequential function charts
The importance of timing and scan time
When PID is not always appropriate:
- Intermittent measurements
- Long transport delays
SAFETY PROGRAMMABLE SYSTEMS
Why regular PLCs should not be used for safety functions
Programmable electronic logic solvers
Certified programming systems
Growth of networked safety devices and certified networks
Integrated safety systems
Background to cables
Noise and interference on cables
Twisted pair cables and fibre optic cables
Public network provided services
WIDE AREA NETWORK (WAN) TECHNOLOGIES
Digital hierarchies, T1 and E1
LOCAL AREA NETWORKS (LANs)
LAN connectivity: bridges, routers and switches
Web based Industrial SCADA
Programming languages: structured text
Function block diagrams
Authentication and encryption
Firewall architectures and guidelines
TROUBLESHOOTING AND MAINTENANCE
Troubleshooting SCADA systems
SPECIFICATION OF SYSTEMS
Common pitfalls, Standards, Performance criteria, Testing, Documentation and Future trends
Electrical design and construction
Commissioning and installation
Simulation and testing
Problem isolation and faultfinding
Upgrading of control systems
RS-232 interface standard
RS-485 interface standard
Introduction and principles
Error detection and correction
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In order to meet the exacting demands of the oil and gas, mining, manufacturing and downstream processing industries, modern plants are equipped with systems and devices which are needed to measure and regulate variables such as temperature, pressure, flow, humidity, liquid level, velocity and density. Industrial Automation provides the technology to control and monitor a process plant using such concepts as feedback, cascade, feedforward and advanced process control. Here at the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT), we have developed industry-focused programs in the form of vocational diplomas, advanced diplomas and graduate certificates, all the way up to Masters level in the higher education sector.
There is a critical shortage of automation, instrumentation and control engineers, technicians and technologists around the world now due to the retirement, restructuring and rapid growth in new technologies and industries. The respected International Society of Automation (ISA) organization estimated that at least 15,000 new automation engineers are needed annually in the USA alone.
In keeping with the philosophy of EIT, students in this school are exposed to the practical, up-to-the-minute knowledge and skills demanded by leading industries worldwide, with online instrumentation courses. EIT does not just cater to a generic student body, instead all of our online instrumentation courses are specific to industry. The programs cover a large range of topics and are suited to anyone needing an intensive and practical look at all facets of industrial automation, instrumentation and process control.
The short courses that form part of EIT's professional development series are designed to provide students with critical knowledge and practical tools that can be immediately applied to the workplace. They are ideal to up-skill and/or cross-skill in a particular area or technology and are not accredited programs.
Students in EIT's School of Industrial Automation, Instrumentation and Process Control study subjects which include: process control, instrumentation, control valves, process plant layout and piping design, tuning of process loops, SCADA, PLCs, advanced process control (APC), boiler control, hazardous areas, safety instrumentation (IEC 61511 and IEC 61508), HAZOPs, industrial data communications, networking, deviceNet and Fieldbus, industrial wireless, radio telemetry systems, shielding/EMC/EMI, and noise reduction.
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II: Higher Education program
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