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Professional Certificate of Competency in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) & SCADA Systems

COURSE OBJECTIVES

This course is perfect for students looking for a PLC or SCADA training course. At the end of this course you will have an understanding of:

  • Fundamentals of SCADA systems
  • Essentials of SCADA software configuration
  • Tricks and tips in installation of SCADA systems
  • Essentials of telecommunications links
  • Use of Industrial Ethernet in SCADA systems
  • OPC and SCADA systems
  • SCADA network security issues
  • How to troubleshoot SCADA systems
  • Specifying PLC hardware and installation criteria
  • Describe PLC software structure
  • How to write medium level PLC programs (using ladderlogic)
  • Troubleshooting a typical PLC system
  • Specifying PLC systems 

 

Next intake is scheduled for September 1, contact us now to secure your place
 


 

 

Overview

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.

NB: The course description of all EIT "Certificate" courses has been changed to "Professional Certificate of Competency". Some course brochures are not yet updated. The actual certificate received by successful students will include the new title.

Course Outline

MODULE 1: INTRODUCTION

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
Power supplies


MODULE 2: BACKGROUND TO SCADA

Fundamentals and definition of terms
Comparison of SCADA, DCS, PLC and
Smart instruments
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
Application programs
PLCs used as RTUs
Master site structure
Communications architectures
Point-to-point and point-to-multipoint systems
System reliability and availability
Configuration of a master station


MODULE 3: FUNDAMENTALS OF PLC SOFTWARE

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
Infinite fan-out
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


MODULE 4: SCADA SYSTEMS SOFTWARE

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


MODULE 5: GOOD PROGRAMMING HABITS

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


MODULE 6: HUMAN MACHINE INTERFACES (HMIs)

Human and ergonomic factors
HMI configuration
Design and layout
Alarming and reporting philosophies
Alarm system design

GOOD INSTALLATION PRACTICE
Recommended installation practice
Ergonomic considerations


MODULE 7: ADVANCED CONTROL WITH PLCs

The concept of reusable logic
Examples, drive logic and alarm handling
Use of advanced programming functions
Matrix logic
Table functions and indirect addressing
Example: simple display driver

BATCH PROCESSES AND SEQUENTIAL CONTROL
Remembering the program state
Creating a 'stepper'
Step advance
Fault detection and recovery
Operator intervention
Multiple recipes or alternative paths
Sequential function charts

PID CONTROL
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
Safety certification
Certified programming systems
Application examples
Growth of networked safety devices and certified networks
Integrated safety systems


MODULE 8: LANDLINE MEDIA

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
Packet switching
Frame relay
ATM
SDH/sonnet

LOCAL AREA NETWORKS (LANs)
Ethernet networks
Industrial Ethernet
TCP/IP
LAN connectivity: bridges, routers and switches
Redundancy options
Web based Industrial SCADA
Wireless
OPC


MODULE 9: INTRODUCTION TO IEC 61131-3

Concepts
Common elements
Programming languages: structured text
Function block diagrams


MODULE 10: SCADA NETWORK SECURITY

Introduction
Authentication and encryption
SCADA firewalls
Firewall architectures and guidelines

TROUBLESHOOTING AND MAINTENANCE
Troubleshooting SCADA systems
Maintenance tasks

SPECIFICATION OF SYSTEMS
Common pitfalls, Standards, Performance criteria, Testing, Documentation and Future trends


MODULE 11: BUILDING A PLC PANEL, AS WELL AS GENERAL COMMISSIONING, TESTING AND UPGRADING

Electrical design and construction
Commissioning and installation
Simulation and testing
Problem isolation and faultfinding
Upgrading of control systems


MODULE 12: INDUSTRIAL COMMUNICATIONS PROTOCOLS

RS-232 interface standard
RS-485 interface standard
Fieldbus
Modbus
DNP3.0

MODEMS
Introduction and principles
Asynchronous/synchronous
Modulation techniques
Error detection and correction
Troubleshooting


NB: The course description of all EIT "Certificate" courses has been changed to "Professional Certificate of Competency". Some course brochures are not yet updated. The actual certificate received by successful students will include the new title.

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In Company Online Training Solutions

Special class groups can be arranged on request to match your own schedule. If you have a large number of staff who should complete one of our programs, read more about our In Company Online Training HERE and contact us to assist you further.

 

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Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) Certificate Course Payment Options

Please contact us with your location for certificate fees in the relevant currency. Certificate fees include all live webinars with a professional instructor, 4 technical manuals (as searchable eBooks), course materials, software, postage, assignments and ongoing support. All you need to participate is an internet connection, computer and headset. We have group discounts available for our 3 month certificates.

Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) Advanced Diploma Course Payment Options

Three payment options are available for the Advanced Diploma courses;

OPTION 1 - PAY UPFRONT

Pay total amount upfront to receive a 5% reduction in fees.

OPTION 2 - PAY IN  SIX INSTALMENTS BY CREDIT CARD

Pay in 6 equal instalments over the duration of the course. First payment at least four weeks before the course starts. Payment dates will be set ahead of time and provided at the start of the course. You would receive the 30 technical reference eBooks in batches over the duration of the course.

OPTION 3 - PAY IN  MONTHLY INSTALMENTS BY CREDIT CARD

Pay in even monthly instalments. First payment at least four weeks before the course starts, then one on the same date every month for the remaining period. This option incurs a 2% administration fee. You would receive the 30 technical reference eBooks in batches over the duration of the course.

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Courses

  1. Vocational Graduate Diploma of Project Management in Industrial Automation
  2. Pathway to Master of Business and Project Management in Industrial Automation
  3. Advanced Diploma of Industrial Automation
  4. Advanced Diploma of Electrical and Instrumentation (E & I) Engineering for Mining
  5. Advanced Diploma of Electrical and Instrumentation (E & I) Engineering for Oil and Gas Facilities
  6. Professional Certificate of Competency in Hazardous Areas and Intrinsic Safety for Engineers & Technicians
  7. Professional Certificate of Competency in Instrumentation, Automation and Process Control
  8. Professional Certificate of Competency in Process Control Incorporating Loop Tuning, and Advanced Control Strategies
  9. Professional Certificate of Competency in Safety Instrumentation Systems for Process Industries
  10. Professional Certificate of Competency in Control Valve Sizing, Selection and Maintenance

 

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 advanced training and diplomas in Instrumentation and Control.

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 ISA organisation 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 doesn't just cater to a generic student body, instead all of our instrumentation courses online are specific to industry, for example mining engineering.

Students in the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) School of Automation 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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