Practical Instrumentation for Automation and Process Control

THE WORKSHOP

This workshop is for engineers and technicians who need to have a practical knowledge of selection, installation and commissioning of industrial instrumentation and control valves.

In many respects a clear understanding and application of these principles is the most important factor in an efficient process control system. You can only achieve excellent control of your processes when your instrumentation provides the correct information. This would involve the design, specification and implementation of control and measurement equipment.

The workshop focuses on real applications, with attention to special installation considerations and application limitations when selecting or installing different measurement or control equipment.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Design engineers
  • Electrical engineers
  • Electrical technicians and technologists
  • Electricians
  • Experienced electrical tradespersons and artisans
  • Experienced fixed plant operators
  • Graduate engineers
  • Instrumentation engineers
  • Project engineers

CONTENT SUMMARY

INTRODUCTION TO PROCESS MEASUREMENT

  • Basic measurement and control concepts
  • Advanced measurement performance terms and specifications
  • Definition of terminology
  • Process and instrumentation diagram symbols
  • Effects of selection criteria
  • Measuring instruments and control valves as part of the overall control system
  • Typical applications

PRESSURE MEASUREMENT

  • Principle of pressure measurement
  • Pressure sources
  • Pressure transducers and elements – electrical and mechanical
  • Installation considerations
  • Impact on the overall control loop
  • Future technologies

LEVEL MEASUREMENT

  • Principles of level measurement
  • Simple sight glasses and gauging rods
  • Buoyancy type
  • Hydrostatic pressure
  • Ultrasonic measurement
  • Radar measurement
  • Vibration switches
  • Radiation measurement
  • Electrical measurement
  • Density measurement
  • Installation considerations
  • Impact on the overall control loop
  • Future technologies

TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT

  • Principles
  • Thermocouples
  • Resistance Temperature Detectors (RTDs)
  • Thermistors
  • Liquid in glass, filled, bimetallic
  • Non-contact pyrometers
  • Humidity
  • Installation considerations
  • Impact on the overall control loop
  • Future technologies

FLOW MEASUREMENT

  • Principles of flow measurement
  • Open channel flow measurement
  • Variable area flow meters
  • Oscillatory flow measurement
  • Magnetic flow meters
  • Positive displacement
  • Ultrasonic flow measurement
  • Mass flow meters
  • Installation considerations
  • Impact on the overall control loop
  • Future technologies

CONTROL VALVES

  • Principles of control valves
  • Sliding stem valves
  • Rotary valves
  • Control valve selection and sizing
  • Control valve characteristics/trim
  • Control valve noise and cavitation
  • Actuators and positioners operation
  • Valve calibration and stroking
  • Installation considerations
  • Impact on the overall control loop
  • Future technologies

OTHER PROCESS CONSIDERATIONS

  • The new smart instrument and field bus
  • Transmitters
  • Noise and earthing considerations
  • Materials of construction
  • Linearisation

INTEGRATION OF THE SYSTEM

  • Calculation of individual instrument error and total error for the system
  • Integration of the pressure, level, temperature and flow systems
  • Integration of new smart subsystems with data communication links
  • Testing and commissioning of the subsystems

WEIGHTOMETERS

  • Calibrating and testing weightometers
  • Operator checks
  • Other types of weightometers and weighing systems
  • Electrical disturbances for weighing systems

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