A new one-day course covering the optimal design of networked automation and control systems is now offered at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). Centred on Profibus and Profinet technology, but also covering the use of Ethernet and AS-i technology and system software, it will take place at MMU on 22 January 2009.
Good quality Profibus, Profinet and AS-i training has been widely available for installers, maintenance technicians and engineers for many years. Unfortunately, key decision makers - managers, system designers and system integrators - are often less well trained than others who are involved in the engineering.
Many of the errors that can be seen in installations are traceable to fundamental decisions that were taken at the early stages of the project. For example, the use of inappropriate fieldbus for an application, lack of awareness of maintenance and fault-finding facilities, over-complex or inappropriate system architecture, design decisions based on equipment purchasing cost rather than whole life-cycle costs etc.
The course is aimed at anyone who is dealing with the specification, design or procurement of modern automation and control systems at the engineering or technical level. The course is also suitable for device manufacturers, system integrators and technical sales/marketing people who want to know the best way to put systems together.
Aimed at the professional engineer level, a basic familiarity with control system terminology is assumed. Because the course is centred on the use of fieldbus (in particular Profibus), a necessary pre-requisite for the course is the one-day Certified Profibus Installer course. This gives an excellent introduction to Profibus technology and how to properly lay out and install networks. The System Design Course builds on the basic knowledge of the Certified Installer and provides additional knowledge on designing not only Profibus systems, but also how to use Ethernet, Profinet and other technologies appropriately.
Certified Profibus Engineer, Certified AS-i Engineer and Certified OpenPLC Engineer courses provide "˜in-depth' training for the relevant technology, dealing with the details of the technology and its application. However, the new System Designer Course provides a different approach, showing the benefits and pitfalls of each technology. It deals with the overall architecture of the control system and how to use different technologies appropriately to design an optimised system that is reliable, maintainable and flexible for future expansion and modification. It covers the complete control system design from hardware through to software and shows how open technologies can be used to future-proof your plant.
With a top-down approach to designing a modern automation and control system, the course helps managers and designers to make the correct decisions from the project beginning. Examples and case-studies used on the course come from a wide range of industries including manufacturing, process plant water-treatment, materials handling and automated storage and retrieval.
Optimal use of networking and communications systems including Ethernet, Profinet, Profibus DP and PA, AS-i, and IO-Link is also covered. Connection technologies are evaluated and compared including copper, fibre-optic and wireless approaches. The course also covers the use of open and distributed programming standards based on IEC 61131-3 and IEC 61499 and the use of SCADA systems and OPC (Object Linking and Embedding for Process Control).
Limited places are available. To register please contact Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 20 7193 8018.