MODULE DETAILS

Module 19: Industrial Automation

 

Nominal duration: 3 weeks (24 hours total time commitment)

 

This time commitment includes the preparation reading, attendance at each webinar (1 hour plus 15-30 minutes for discussion), and the time necessary to complete the assignments and further study.

 

MODULE PURPOSE

 

 

The elements of industrial control systems form part of an interconnected web using Ethernet, TCP/IP and other data communications technologies Information is effortlessly transferred from an instrument, to the SCADA system, and from there to a laptop on a boardroom table if required. In this module real-life examples from current technologies are used to give you the latest background in current vendor solutions. The material is presented in an easy-to-understand practical way, enabling you to apply the concepts quickly and effectively to your next automation project.

 

Once you have completed the module you should have a good overall understanding of how to harness the power of industrial automation technologies and to deal with contractors and experts working in the area. This will result in the ability to make quicker decisions on the best way forward, resulting in a reduction in the time to design, install and commission industrial automation equipment and, naturally, in reduced costs.

 

PRE-REQUISITE MODULES/UNIT(S)

 

NONE

 

 

ASSESSMENT STRATEGY

To evaluate the achievement of the learning outcomes; written assignments, group projects and practical exercises are set.

 

SUMMARY OF LEARNING OUTCOMES

1.    Examine and discuss the fundamentals of Industrial Data Communications

2.    Examine and discuss the fundamentals of SCADA systems

3.    Examine and discuss the fundamentals of PLCs and PLC programming

 

 

 

 

Learning Outcome 1

 

 

Assessment criteria

 

Examine and discuss the fundamentals of Industrial data communications

 

1.1       Examine and discuss the basics of RS-232 and RS-485             communications

 

1.2       Examine and discuss the basics of Ethernet

 

1.3       Capture Ethernet traffic with a protocol analyser

 

1.4      Interpret IPv4 addresses

 

 

Learning Outcome 2

 

Assessment criteria

 

 

 

Examine and discuss the fundamentals of SCADA systems

 

2.1      Configure a simple SCADA system

 

2.2      Use OPC to access SCADA system process variables

 

 

Learning Outcome 3

 

 

Assessment criteria

 

 

 

 

Examine and discuss the fundamentals of PLCs and PLC programming

 

3.1      Compare IEC61131-3 programming methods

 

3.2       Develop simple ladder logic with the aid of a simulator

 

Delivery Mode

A combination of asynchronous and synchronous e-learning delivery comprising a judicious mix of interactive online web conferencing, simulation (virtual labs) software, remote online labs, online videos, PowerPoint slides, notes, reading and study materials (in PDF, HTML and Word format) accessed through the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS).

Software/Hardware Used

Software

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Hardware

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