Practical Troubleshooting of Data Acquisition & SCADA Systems

THE WORKSHOP

This workshop covers all aspects of data acquisition and control using a PC and data loggers, including design, specification, programming, installation and configuration. The popular IEEE 488 interface is also covered in detail.

This hands-on workshop gives both the novice and experienced user a solid grasp of the principles and practical implementation of interfacing the PC and standalone instruments to real world signals. Upon completion of the workshop you will have a thorough understanding of PC based data acquisition systems and will be able to design, specify, install, configure and program data acquisition systems quickly and effectively. An additional aim of the workshop is to cover the industrial communications standards that are used with instruments today.

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?

  • Design engineers
  • Electrical engineers
  • Electronic engineers
  • Instrumentation and control system engineers
  • Process control engineers
  • Project engineers
  • Systems engineers
  • Technicians

CONTENT SUMMARY

INTRODUCTION

  • Data acquisition and control
  • Fundamental principles of data acquisition and control systems
  • Typical PC based applications

ANALOG AND DIGITAL SIGNALS

  • Sensors, transducers and temperature transducers
  • Strain gauges
  • The difference between single ended and differential systems
  • Earthing and isolation techniques to reduce noise
  • Cable shielding and earthing

SIGNAL CONDITIONING

  • The different types of signal conditioners
  • Signal conditioning functions and signal filtering
  • Isolation and overvoltage protection

THE PC FOR REAL TIME WORK

  • The different data transfer methods
  • Streaming of data to hard disk

PLUG IN DATA ACQUISITION BOARDS

  • Typical analogue to digital (A/D) boards
  • Single ended vs differential signals
  • Analogue to digital (A/D) board specifications
  • Capturing high speed transient data
  • Principles of data sampling
  • Speed vs throughput of data
  • Typical digital to analogue (D/A) boards
  • Input/Output (I/O) boards
  • Counter/timer I/O boards
  • Practical considerations with use of digital I/O boards

RS-232/RS-485 SERIAL DATA COMMUNICATIONS STANDARDS

  • RS-232 hardware interface
  • Principles of RS-232 handshaking
  • RS-485 hardware interface
  • Communication protocols (e.g. Modbus)
  • Error detection
  • Troubleshooting serial data communications systems

CONTROLLERS AND DATA LOGGERS

  • Hardware structure of standalone devices
  • Practical applications of data loggers
  • How to improve communication bottlenecks

IEEE-488 SYSTEMS

  • IEEE-488.1/IEEE-488.2 and SCPI specifications
  • Hardware configuration
  • Device types (controllers/listeners/talkers)
  • Basic communications
  • Advanced communications

INDUSTRIAL ETHERNET AND TCP/IP

  • Configuring an Ethernet system
  • Troubleshooting TCP/IP and Ethernet
  • Connecting Ethernet based instruments and data loggers to a PC
  • Tips and tricks with Ethernet

UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS (USB)

  • Concept and practice
  • USB explained
  • Benefits for data acquisition and communications

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