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Industrial Instrumentation and Control for Non-Instrument Personnel


Course Description

Instrumentation, Automation and Process Control

The instrumentation, automation and process control module contains the elaborated concepts on three engineering fields namely instrumentation engineering, automation engineering and process engineering. Instrumentation refers to the devices and instruments that are used in various processes. Automation refers to the automatic working of instruments. Process engineering refers to the study of processes that are carried out in any type of industry and industrial applications.
The fundamentals and selection criteria of measuring devices like pressure transducers, level transducers, temperature transducers and flow measurements are detailed. The Piping & instrument diagram and symbols for the instrumentation devices are listed and selection criteria are discussed. The process automation control and their types are incorporated with the process systems. The new technology oriented smart instruments and their data signals are further discussed.

This module will disseminate information to technical professionals who would like to gain comprehensive technical, as well as practical, knowledge on instrumentation, process and automation systems.

Control valve sizing, selection and maintenance

In any industries, the shop floor contains many processes that are linked together to get a desired product. In order to achieve the desired product, the intermediate processes must have to be functioned in a controlled manner. These processes are designed to do their own desired task under controlled system. The control valve is the one that is used to control the independent parameters such as temperature, pressure, volume, flow rate, etc. at each sub systems in a shop floor. There are many changes/disturbances in the desired product from the designed product even after the system is controlled. The design and the proper selection and maintenance of the control valve is the only key factor that alters the product nature. In order to achieve the ideal product, the design of control valve is mandatory.

This practical task gives scope to this module on control valve sizing, selection and maintenance; this enables personnel to gain detailed study on the design of controllers, types and selection of control valves; plus calculations, performance and maintenance in context. This advanced course comes under the process engineering discipline.

Practical SCADA Systems for Industry

SCADA has traditionally meant a window into the process of a plant or gathering of data from devices in the field, but now the focus is on integrating this process data into the actual business and using it in real time. The emphasis today is on using open standards such as communication protocols (e.g. OPC, MODBUS, and TCP/IP) and ‘off-the-shelf’ hardware, such as industrial Ethernet to keep the costs down. This module covers the essentials of SCADA systems.

Topics include an introduction to SCADA systems, SCADA system hardware and software (including alarm management and Human Management Interface (HMI) issues) and a review of the RS-232/RS-485 interface standards and the MODBUS and DNP3 protocols.

This module continues to give a review of industrial Ethernet, TCP/IP and MODBUS/TCP, the role of Open Process Control (OPC) in plant SCADA systems, and discussion of network security, SCADA historians and troubleshooting issues.

Although the emphasis will be on practical industry topics highlighting recent developments using case studies and the latest application of SCADA technologies, the fundamentals of SCADA systems will also be covered. This module is aimed at those who want to be updated on the latest developments in SCADA systems and want to get a solid appreciation of the fundamentals of SCADA design, installation and troubleshooting.

Specification and Technical Writing

Technical writing is unique because of its specialized content. It conveys technical content through specific, clear and concise writing.

This fundamental module on technical writing helps the learner to assess the needs of the users and create documents that explain technical information. It also instils basic knowledge on the mechanics of good technical writing.

In addition to the above, the students also learn how to build effective sentences and sections that explain information clearly and create informative content that readers will understand and use.

Process and Electrical Drawings

The electrical and process drawings portion of the course will be reference through each module and is support by dedicated P&ID videos. This section makes reference to diagrams from the simple block diagram to the comprehensive engineering process line diagrams which aid in planning and fabrication of the plant. To be effective, expert knowledge is required on the use of mass and energy balances in process design. The fundamentals and principles of which, will be covered.

COURSE OUTLINE

Instrumentation, Automation and Process Control

BASIC MEASUREMENT CONCEPTS
ADVANCED MEASUREMENT
P&ID SYMBOLS
SELECTION CRITERIA
FUNDAMENTALS OF PRESSURE MEASUREMENT
PRESSURE TRANSDUCERS
PRESSURE SENSORS
PRINCIPLES OF LEVEL MEASUREMENT
CONTINUOUS SOURCE
CONTACT TYPE DEVICES – THERMOCOUPLES
THERMISTORS AND OTHER DEVICES
FUNDAMENTALS OF FLOW MEASUREMENT
ORIFICE PLATE
OTHER MEASURING DEVICES
CONTROL VALVES
CONTROL VALVES FLOW CHARACTERISTICS
PRINCIPLE OF LOOP CONTROL SYSTEMS
DIFFERENT TYPES OF PROCESSES OF LOOP CONTROL
CLOSED LOOP PID
NEW SMART INSTRUMENT AND FIELD BUS
HYBRID TECHNIQUE – HART
COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS
PLC SYSTEMS
FUNDAMENTALS OF PLC
BASIC SIZING FOR LIQUIDS
BASIC SIZING FOR GASES AND VAPORS
INHERENT AND INSTALLED FLOW CHARACTERISTICS
ACTUATORS AND POSITIONERS
TYPES OF ACTUATORS
CAVITATION AND FLASHING
CAVITATION CONTROL
NOISE PREDICTION AND TREATMENT
MATERIALS OF CONSTRUCTION
MAINTENANCE ISSUES
PRINCIPLES OF PRESSURE
PRESSURE RELIEF SYSTEM
PRESSURE RELIEF VALVES
DESIGNING CONCEPTS AND ISSUES

Practical SCADA Systems for Industry

INTRODUCTION
OVERVIEW OF SCADA SYSTEMS
SCADA SYSTEM HARDWARE
SCADA SYSTEM SOFTWARE
SCADA ALARM MANAGEMENT
HUMAN MANAGEMENT INTERFACE
COMMUNICATION PROTOCOLS
INDUSTRIAL ETHERNET
OPEN PROCESS CONTROL (OPC)
SCADA NETWORK SECURITY
TROUBLESHOOTING ISSUES
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
ORGANIZING THE WRITING
USE OF LANGUAGE AND WORDS
CLARIFICATION OF WRITING PROCESS
SOME ADDITIONAL GRAMMAR ISSUES
ELEMENTS OF TECHNICAL WRITING
FORMATS OF TECHNICAL WRITING
INTRODUCTION TO REPORT WRITING
MEMO REPORTS AND OTHER TECHNICAL DOCUMENTS
WRITING OF SPECIFICATION
CONTENTS OF SPECIFICATION
CONTENTS OF SPECIFICATION - II
PRESENTATION ASPECTS
ORAL PRESENTATION OF TECHNICAL DOCUMENTS

Visit the Industrial Instrumentation and Control for Non-Instrument Personnel page on the Engineering Institute of Technology website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Anybody with an interest in gaining know-how in a full range of fundamentals of measurement, instrumentation, process control, PLC’s, SCADA and P&ID, ranging from the plant secretary, to operators, trades personnel (artisans), technicians and engineers from other backgrounds – such mechanical, electrical and civil. Indeed this is an excellent course for managers from a wide variety of disciplines who are keen to understand the key workings and the future of their plants.

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