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Distributed Control System (DCS)

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Course Information

  • Introduction to the course
  • Pre-course test
  • Smart field instrumentation
  • The use of microprocessors and the meaning of a truly “distributed” system
  • Fieldbuses and Foundation Fieldbus, the instrument bus system
  • Controlling the Smart field instruments, the programmable logic controller PLC
  • Brief review of P+I+D control
  • DCS architecture and the roll of the PLC
  • PLC architecture
  • Putting it all together PLC and DCS
  • An introduction to logic control and relay ladder logic
  • The relationship between electrical ladder diagrams and PLC ladder logic
  • SCADA/DCS systems hardware and firmware
  • SCADA systems software and protocols
  • Typical DCS and SCADA systems
  • Introduction to communications for DCS and SCADA
  • Local area network systems
  • Programming of DCS systems
  • Ladder logic programming
  • Programming logical functions
  • Programming timers
  • Programming counters
  • The shift register
  • Conveyor belt example
  • The PLC graphic simulator
  • Alarm system management
  • Distributed co0ntrol system reporting
  • Maintenance considerations
  • Distributed control system applications
  • Post-course test
  • The delegate must submit any completed exercises as part of the post-course test
  • Course Evaluation

This short course is very suitable as a precursor to vendor training. It is aimed at the Instrument Engineer/Technician and the Automation Engineer/Technician.

At the end of this course the delegate should be able to demonstrate:

  • A solid understanding of the architecture and operation of Distributed control systems (DCS)
  • Ability to design the overall DCS and process control system
  • Better specification of the planned DCS
  • Improved process performance for the plant
  • Understanding of the key ergonomic issues in design of operator displays
  • Apply advanced control strategies  to a plant control system
  • More effective use of your existing DCS process control capabilities
  • Design and create a consistent and effective alarm philosophy for any installation
  • Recognise and deal with human problems when interfacing to alarm systems

Instrument Engineer/Technician, Automation Engineer/Technician, Mechanical Supervisory and Management personnel

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