Data Communications, Networking and Protocols for Industry - Back to Basics

THE WORKSHOP

An efficient data communications system underpins all modern manufacturing, mining, process industries, water and electrical utilities. It is critical to have a good working knowledge of what is being used and how it is applied. No person and certainly no industrial equipment, is an island any longer but connected together in some form of network. People who don’t work in the area of data communications often have a fear of the unknown and this workshop demystifies the technology and gives you a solid understanding of how to apply it effectively to your job.

This training workshop assumes you have no knowledge whatsoever of the technology and gives you the thorough review of the basics of industrial data communications, networking and protocols so that you can apply this knowledge to your work immediately on the completion of the course.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Receive a certificate of attendance in support of your continuing professional commitment
  • All workshops include the associated hardcopy technical manual
  • Printed workshop handouts
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Interact and network with workshop attendees and experienced instructors
  • Practical, industry driven content to assist you in your continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Attendees automatically become IDC subscribers and receive exclusive deals and technical content every month

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This workshop is designed specifically if you have NO knowledge of the technology and wish to acquire a simple understanding of how to apply this to your work. You will be working in the engineering and industrial environment.

PRE-REQUISITES

None whatsoever besides an enthusiasm to learn.

CONTENT SUMMARY

BACKGROUND TO DATA COMMUNICATIONS

  • What is data communications?
  • Brief overview of  the course
  • Overview of modern industrial systems

DEFINITIONS  AND BASIC PRINCIPLES

  • Bits, bytes and characters
  • Parallel and serial communications
  • Analog and digital signals
  • The coding of messages – the ASCII code
    Practical demonstration of coding
  • Data transmission speeds
  • The format of messages
  • Introduction to error detection and correction
  • The importance of standards
    • ISO, ANSI , CCITT , IEEE , EIA
    • EIA , RS-232 interface standard

DATA COMMUNICATIONS STANDARDS BASICS

  • RS-232
  • Troubleshooting of RS-232
  • RS-422 interface standard
  • RS-485 interface standard
  • Comparison of “RS” standards
  • RS-232/485 interface converters
  • Current loop interface
  • Troubleshooting RS-232 and RS-485
    Testing equipment (breakout box, line analyser)
    Protocol analyser practical

SELECTION AND INSTALLATION OF DATA CABLES

  • Cables with copper conductors
  • Interference and noise
  • Optical fibre cables
  • Cable selection and installation recommendations

MODEMS

  • Concept of a modem
  • Various modulation techniques
  • Smart modems
  • Radio modems

OSI-OPEN SYSTEMS INTERCONNECTION

  • Modern factory automation and process control systems
  • OSI reference model and standards

PROTOCOLS FUNDAMENTALS

  • The concept of a protocol
  • Simple ASCII based protocols
    Practical demonstration of ASCII
  • Industry standard protocols eg Modbus
    Practical demonstration of Modbus
  • Allen Bradley data highway plus protocol

ETHERNET AND TCP/IP BASICS

  • How Ethernet works
  • The very basics of TCP/IP
  • How TCP/IP fits into Ethernet

SMART INSTRUMENTS CONCEPTS

  • What is a smart instrument?
  • HART

FIELDBUS AND DEVICENET BASICS

  • Actuator Sensor Interface (ASI)
  • DeviceNet
  • Profibus
  • Foundation Fieldbus
  • Where to use each smart instrument standard

ROADMAP OF ALL DATA COMMS STANDARDS

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