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Maintenance, Inspection, Testing, Corrosion, Painting, Turnaround & Industrial Services

PLC, Telemetry & SCADA Technologies




Introduction:

This is a highly relevant, industrially based training course that will update the skills and knowledge of Technicians and Engineers alike. This course is ‘hands-on’ using industry-standard PLC’s in a simulated environment. Through this approach, the delegate will progress from learning the fundamentals of PLC application to writing, debugging, and finally designing their programs.

Radio and wire-based telemetry systems, essential for an understanding of modern communication methods deployed in the field are also studied and explained. These are vital for a comprehensive understanding in their use with not only programmable controllers but any Instrumentation / Controller remote application.

This course also includes a study of modern SCADA technologies. Again, together with a hands-on approach using a modern industrially compliant SCADA software package, the delegate will acquire new and updated skills essential in any fast-moving industrial environment

Targeted Groups:

  • Electrical Engineers and Technicians
  • Control Engineers and Technicians
  • Communication Engineers and Technicians
  • IT and Software Engineers and Technicians
  • Design Engineers
  • Instrumentation Engineers and Technicians
  • Electricians
  • Instrument and Process Control Engineers and Technicians
  • Mechanical Engineers and Technicians
  • Operations Engineers
  • Process Engineers and Technicians
  • Production Professionals
  • Project Design Professionals
  • System Integrators
  • Other Professions (Managers, Engineers, Technicians) involved in the Control and Process Industries who require a fuller understanding of that industry

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Give an understanding of the operation, architecture, and use of an industry-standard PLC for Control purposes
  • Investigate the operation of the PLC through designing, building and testing typical programs in the ladder programming language using industry-standard PLC’s in a simulated environment
  • Become familiar and confident with the PLC, Telemetry and SCADA environments
  • Understand the concepts of Radio Telemetry and acquire the knowledge relating to the application, limitation, and use of frequency bands used
  • Gain an understanding and knowledge of common wire-based communication protocols
  • Become familiar and knowledgeable with an industry compliant SCADA software package

Targeted Competencies:

  • A study and explanation of the PLC for Control purposes
  • Understanding through ‘hands-on’ approach using industry-standard PLC’s in a simulated environment of PLC programming – design and debugging
  • Investigation of Radio telemetry methods, frequencies used and application and limitation of each frequency band
  • Study of commonly used wire-based telemetry methods and protocols such as RS232 and RS485
  • Investigation of SCADA, its structure, and application. Understanding of a typical SCADA application through a hands-on approach using an industry compliant SCADA software package

Course Content:
Unit 1: Introduction to Control Strategies:

  • Continuous Control Systems
  • Sequential Control Systems
  • Relay Based Systems
  • Introduction to PLC Systems
  • PLC VS Relay Systems
  • Programming Formats
  • Logical Continuity
  • Software Familiarisation
  • Introduction to Industry Standard PLC Programming Software

Unit 2: PLC Architecture:

  • System Architecture
  • Memory and I/O Types
  • Scanning Algorithms
  • Program Scan Cycle

Unit 3: Radio Telemetry Systems:

  • Introduction
  • Elements of a Radio Link
  • The Radio Spectrum
  • Frequency Ranges
  • System Design Considerations

Unit 4: PLC Programme Development:

  • Analysis of PLC Programs
  • Design Methodology and Development of PLC Programs
  • Timer Method of Program Development

Unit 5: Serial Data Communications:

  • Communication Methods (Simplex, Half-Duplex, Full-Duplex)
  • RS232 Standard
  • RS422 Standard
  • RS485 Standard

Unit 6: Analog I/O and Processing:

  • Analog Inputs and Outputs
  • A/D and D/A Conversion
  • Programming Analogue Modules and Advanced Instructions

Unit 7: Introduction to SCADA:

  • System Architecture
  • Configuration and Operation
  • Introduction to Industry Standard SCADA Software
  • Design and Development of a new SCADA Project
  • Local Area Networks (LAN’s)