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Professional Certificate of Competency in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) & SCADA Systems
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Professional Certificate of Competency in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCS) & SCADA Systems
This professional development course is designed for engineers and technicians who need to get practical skills and knowledge in the fundamentals of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and SCADA systems.
Industrial Automation, Instrumentation and Process Control
This practical course covers the essentials of SCADA and PLC systems, which are often used in close association with each other. A selection of case studies is used to illustrate the key concepts with examples of real-world working SCADA and PLC systems in the water, electrical, and processing industries.
This is an excellent opportunity to network with your peers, as well as to gain significant new information and techniques for your next SCADA or 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.
Our focus is on the generic programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and uses the open programming IEC 61131-3 standard. We will give you 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 who expect to become involved in some or all aspects of PLC installation. You will get 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 broader perspective for larger and more challenging tasks ahead. The information included advances from the basics to challenge even the most experienced engineer in the industry today.
The course is composed of 12 modules, covering topics such as SCADA software configuration, installation, troubleshooting and network security issues, telecommunications links, Industrial Ethernet in SCADA systems, PLC hardware and installation criteria, writing PLC programs using ladderlogic, and troubleshooting for PLC systems.
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 organization
Input and output section – module types
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
PLCs used as RTUs
Master site structure
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
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: organization 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
Design and layout
Alarming and reporting philosophies
Alarm system design
Good Installation Practice
Recommended installation practice
Module 7: Advanced Control With PLCs
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
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
Local Area Networks (LANs)
LAN connectivity: bridges, routers, and switches
Web-based Industrial SCADA
Module 9: Introduction to Iec 61131–3
Programming languages: structured text
Function block diagrams
Module 10: Scada Network Security
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
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
Introduction and principles
Error detection and correction
To obtain a certificate of completion for EIT’s Professional Certificate of Competency, students must achieve a 65% attendance rate at the live, online fortnightly webinars. Detailed summaries/notes can be submitted in lieu of attendance. In addition, students must obtain a mark of 60% in the set assignments which could take the form of written assignments and practical assignments. Students must also obtain a mark of 100% in quizzes. If a student does not achieve the required score, they will be given an opportunity to resubmit the assignment to obtain the required score.
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Hadi Harb has more than 15 years of experience in the development and management of Artificial Intelligence and Audio Signal Processing projects.
You are expected to spend approximately 5-8 hours per week learning the course content. This includes attending fortnightly webinars that run for about 90 minutes to facilitate class discussion and allow you to ask questions. This professional development program is delivered online and has been designed to fit around full-time work. It will take three months to complete.
Registrations are open for our upcoming intakes. Please ensure you book your place at least one week before the start date of the program.
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