Measurement and Control for Non-Instrument Personnel

THE WORKSHOP

This workshop represents a tremendous opportunity to grab expertise in all the key areas of the fast growing area of industrial automation. Presented by an expert in the area but who is obsessed with getting the key chunks of know-how and expertise across to you in simple understandable bits which you can immediately apply to your job. This is most definitely not a boring lecture style presentation but an intensive learning experience where you will walk away with real skills as a result of the hands-on practical exercises, calculations, case studies and group sessions to ensure across the board take up and understanding of the theoretical concepts and ideas discussed. Delegates are provided with these practical sessions at approximately 20 to 30 minute intervals to maximise the absorption rate.

The topics covered include a solid introduction to instrumentation and measurement ranging from pressure, level, temperature and flow devices. There is a formal review of process control including the all important topic of PID loop tuning and good practice in setting up your own system. Time is spent focusing on valves with a review of the different valves and operating characteristics. SCADA and PLC systems are covered with an examination of both hardware and software, supplemented by writing your own PLC program. The all important topic of industrial data communication networks are also examined. Finally, the course is rounded off with a hands-on review of reading and interpreting simple plant documentation such as P&ID’s so that you can see and understand the operation of the plant in your mind through the documentation.

It is not an in-depth workshop but one covering a wide range of topics in industrial automation to give you an overview and practical understanding of the key concepts.  Nevertheless, a lot of material is covered, with the intent to give you an overview and practical understanding of the concepts and equipment, and how they all come together to create an efficient and safe control environment in instrumentation, process control, SCADA, PLC’s and control valves.

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?

Anybody with an interest in gaining know-how in the full range of fundamentals of automation, instrumentation, measurement, process control, PLC’s, SCADA and P&ID documentation. This can range from the plant secretary, to operators, trades personnel (artisans), procurement staff, technicians, engineers from other backgrounds/disciplines, such as mechanical, electrical and civil. Managers who are keen to understand the key workings and the future of their plants.

CONTENT SUMMARY

INTRODUCTION TO INSTRUMENTATION/PROCESS MEASUREMENT

  • Basic measurement concepts
  • Definition of terminology
  • Measuring instruments and control valves as part of the overall control system
  • Pressure, level, temperature and flow overview
  • Overview of control valves

PRESSURE MEASUREMENT

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

LEVEL MEASUREMENT

  • Principles of level measurement
  • Simple sight glasses
  • Buoyancy tape systems
  • Hydrostatic pressure
  • Ultrasonic measurement
  • Radiation measurement
  • Electrical measurement
  • Density measurement
  • Installation considerations
  • Impact on the overall control loop
  • Future technologies

TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT

  • Principles
  • Thermocouples
  • Resistance Temperature Detectors (RTD’s)
  • Thermistors
  • Liquid in Glass, filled, bimetallic
  • Pyrometers
  • Installation considerations
  • Impact on the overall control loop
  • Future technologies

FLOW MEASUREMENT

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

PROCESS CONSIDERATIONS

  • Transmitters
  • Noise
  • Materials of construction

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

PROCESS CONTROL

CONTROL VALVES

SCADA AND PLC’s

PLANT DOCUMENTATION, STANDARDS AND SPECIFICATIONS

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