MODULE DETAILS

Module 14: Field Buses

Nominal duration: 5 weeks (60 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

Field buses are specialized computer networks that are widely used in the Industrial Automation and Process Automation fields. They are, however, also found in Mining applications. This module deals with some of the more widely-used ones.

SUMMARY OF LEARNING OUTCOMES

1.    Examine and discuss the basics of HART and AS-i

2.    Examine and discuss the basics of DeviceNet, PROFIBUS and FOUNDATION Fieldbus H1

3.    Examine and discuss Ethernet, Wireless and safety on Field Buses



Learning Outcome 1

Examine and discuss the basics of HART and AS-i

Assessment Criteria

1.1

Define field buses

1.2

Discuss the major IEC field bus standards

1.3

Examine the application of field buses in Mining

1.4

Examine the salient characteristics  of HART

1.5

Examine the salient characteristics of AS-Interface



Learning Outcome 2

Examine and discuss the basics of DeviceNet, PROFIBUS and FOUNDATION Fieldbus H1

Assessment Criteria

2.1

Examine and discuss the salient characteristics of:

(a)  DeviceNet

(b)  PROFIBUS DP/PA

(c)  FOUNDATION Fieldbus H1

in terms of:

(i) supported media

(ii) supported topologies

(iii) OSI Physical Layer implementation

(iv) message structure

(v) Medium Access Control

(vi) device power



Learning Outcome 3

Examine and discuss Ethernet, Wireless and safety on Field Buses

Assessment Criteria

3.1

Discuss the Ethernet-based alternatives to:

(a) DeviceNet

(b) PROFIBUS

(c) FOUNDATION Fieldbus H1

3.2

Discuss the available wireless extensions to:

(a) DeviceNet

(b) PROFIBUS

(c) FOUNDATION Fieldbus H1

3.3

Examine the safety systems built on:

(a) AS-I

(b) DeviceNet

(c) PROFIBUS



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

  • Devicenet Manager Configuration 

Hardware

  • Remote Labs