Practical Industrial Troubleshooting of Instrumentation, Electrical and Process Control for Engineers and Technicians

THE WORKSHOP

This interactive workshop uses a systems approach to troubleshooting and is designed to encourage delegates to take a new look at the methodology of faultfinding and rectification on their plant. Having covered the types of equipment, we look at first line troubleshooting, then the advanced level and finally work through some typical examples.

The first step is to get to grips with the processes and relevant process variables, then to look at their measurements and the basics of the systems that control them. Before embarking on the look-feel-listen-decide sequence, we pause for a while to consider aspects of safety; at the plant, equipment, component and personal levels.

Troubleshooting basics covers the systematic approach to information gathering, fault diagnosis and decision-making. Emphasis is placed on gathering relevant information and using it to prove where the fault isn’t; thereby eliminating false decisions and “red herrings”.

Having implemented the right solution, we then look at how to learn from the experience and prevent a recurrence.

Delegates will be encouraged to bring typical troubleshooting problems to the workshop and to discover a more cost-effective way of resolving their problems, thereby saving them time, whilst saving their plant from unnecessary wastage and down-time

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 for personnel with a need to understand the techniques required to use and apply industrial fault finding, troubleshooting and repair technology as productively and economically as possible.  This includes technicians and artisans involved with:

  • Consulting and design
  • Control and instrumentation
  • Control systems
  • Electrical and instrumentation installations
  • Maintenance supervisors
  • Maintenance technicians
  • Process control
  • Process development
  • Project management
  • SCADA and telemetry system

CONTENT SUMMARY

BASICS

  • Processes
  • Process variables
  • Measurement
  • Control systems basics
  • Matters of safety
  • Decision making
  • Troubleshooting basics
  • Feedback to prevent a recurrence
  • Examples of personal experience

PLC TROUBLESHOOTING

  • Types of PLC’s in use
  • System architecture
  • Communication strategies
  • Strategic use of documentation to aid fault location and diagnosis
  • Actual PLC fault identification
  • Examples of typical fault conditions, diagnosis and repair

SENSORS AND MEASURING DEVICES

  • Overview of sensor types
  • Voltage, current and frequency/pulse interfacing
  • Using the P&I Diagram and loop schematics to aid fault location
  • Testing, repair, replacement ant recommissioning of devices
  • Examples of typical fault conditions, diagnosis and repair

ACTUATORS AND DRIVES

  • Overview of actuators and drive types
  • Control strategies
  • Communication and power interfacing
  • Examples of typical fault conditions, diagnosis and repair

ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS

  • Overview of MV power systems, cabling, transformers and switching, shielding and grounding
  • Motors and Motor Control Centres (MCC’s)
  • Variable Speed Drive (VSD) suites
  • Lighting and small power systems
  • Examples of typical fault conditions, diagnosis and repair

COMMUNICATIONS AND NETWORK TROUBLESHOOTING

  • Overview of process plant communications and network strategies
  • Interfacing problems and system fault location
  • Examples of typical fault conditions, diagnosis and repair

TROUBLESHOOTING TOOLS AND INSTRUMENTS

  • Overview of appropriate tools and test equipment
  • Safe and effective use
  • Calibration of test equipment
  • Examples of how fault conditions can be incorrectly diagnosed

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