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SCADA and PLC Control Course Outline:

 "Certificate in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and SCADA Systems"


 

... delivered by the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) Training Provider. (On-Line PLC training programs course also recognized by Engineers Australia for CPD purposes.)

 

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UNIT 1: INTRODUCTION

� Introduction and brief history of PLC controls

� Alternative control systems - where do PLCs fit in?

� Why PLC control has become so widely accepted

� Lingering concerns about PLC control

FUNDAMENTALS OF PLC HARDWARE

� Block diagram of typical PLC

� PLC processor module - memory organization

� Input and output section - module types

� Power supplies

 

UNIT 2: BACKGROUND TO SCADA CONTROL

� Fundamentals and definition of terms

� Comparison of SCADA and PLC systems, and DCS

� Smart instruments

� Typical SCADA control installations

SCADA CONTROL SYSTEM HARDWARE

� Comparison of SCADA and PLC control systems, and DCS and Smart instruments

� Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) structure

� Analog and digital input/output modules

� Application programs

� PLCs used as RTUs

� Master site structure

� Communications architectures

� Point-to-point and point-to-multipoint systems

� System reliability and availability

� Configuration of a master station

 

UNIT 3: FUNDAMENTALS OF PLC CONTROL SOFTWARE

� Methods of representing Logic, Boolean Algebra, instruction code and graphical presentation

� Fundamental ladder logic instruction set

� Comparison of different manufacturers, memory and data representation and instruction code

USING LADDER LOGIC FOR SIMPLE DIGITAL FUNCTIONS

� The basic rules

� Comparison of relay ladder diagrams

� The concept of the 'scan' and how to apply it

� Infinite fan-out

� Contact 'normal' states

� Positive and negative logic

� Basic Boolean functions

� The usefulness of DeMorgan's Law

USING REGISTERS (WORDS)

� Number systems, Timers, Types of register data, Counters, Bit shift and rotate, Table functions and Register (Matrix) logic functions

 

UNIT 4: SCADA CONTROL SYSTEMS SOFTWARE

� Components of a SCADA control system

� Software - design of SCADA packages

� Configuration of SCADA control systems

� Building the user interface

� Connecting SCADA and PLC controls to other hardware

� SCADA control system design

� The Twelve Golden Rules

 

UNIT 5: GOOD PROGRAMMING HABITS

� Keeping track of addresses and data used

� Looking ahead - how will programs be maintained?

LOCAL AREA NETWORKS (LANs)

� Ethernet networks

� Industrial Ethernet

� TCP/IP

� LAN connectivity: bridges, routers and switches

� Redundancy options

� Web based Industrial SCADA control

� Wireless

� OPC

� Practical methods to improve quality: organization of code, thorough documentation and simplifying changes

GOOD INSTALLATION PRACTICE

� Location of hardware

� Good wiring practice

� Cable spacing, power distribution and wire numbering

� Reducing noise and interference

� Screening and shielding

 

UNIT 6: HUMAN MACHINE INTERFACES (HMIs)

� Human and ergonomic factors

� HMI configuration

� Design and layout

� Alarming and reporting philosophies

� Alarm system design

GOOD INSTALLATION PRACTICE

� Recommended installation practice

� Ergonomic considerations

 

UNIT 7: ADVANCED CONTROL WITH PLCs

� The concept of reusable logic

� Examples, drive logic and alarm handling

� Use of advanced programming functions

� Matrix logic

� Table functions and indirect addressing

� Example: simple display driver

BATCH PROCESSES AND SEQUENTIAL CONTROL

� Remembering the program state

� Creating a 'stepper'

� Step advance

� Fault detection and recovery

� Operator intervention

� Multiple recipes or alternative paths

� Sequential function charts

PID CONTROL

� The importance of timing and scan time

� When PID is not always appropriate:

    - Intermittent measurements

    - Long transport delays

SAFETY PROGRAMMABLE SYSTEMS

� Why regular PLCs should not be used for safety functions

� Programmable electronic logic solvers

� Safety certification

� Certified programming systems

� Application examples

� Growth of networked safety devices and certified networks

� Integrated safety systems

 

UNIT 8: LANDLINE MEDIA

� Background to cables

� Noise and interference on cables

� Twisted pair cables and fibre optic cables

� Public network provided services

WIDE AREA NETWORK (WAN) TECHNOLOGIES

� Digital hierarchies, T1 and E1

� Packet switching

� Frame relay

� ATM

� SDH/sonnet

 

UNIT 9: INTRODUCTION TO IEC 61131-3

� Concepts

� Common elements

� Programming languages: structured text

� Function block diagrams

UNIT 10: SCADA NETWORK SECURITY

� Introduction

� Authentication and encryption

� SCADA firewalls

� Firewall architectures and guidelines

TROUBLESHOOTING AND MAINTENANCE

� Troubleshooting SCADA and PLC control systems

� Maintenance tasks

SPECIFICATION OF SYSTEMS

� Common pitfalls, Standards, Performance criteria, Testing, Documentation and Future trends

 

UNIT 11: BUILDING A PLC PANEL, AS WELL AS GENERAL COMMISSIONING, TESTING AND UPGRADING

� Electrical design & construction

� Commissioning & Installation

� Simulation & Testing

� Problem Isolation & Faultfinding

� Upgrading of control systems

 

UNIT 12: INDUSTRIAL COMMUNICATIONS PROTOCOLS

� RS-232 interface standard

� RS-485 interface standard

� Fieldbus

� Modbus

� DNP3.0

MODEMS

� Introduction and principles

� Asynchronous/synchronous

� Modulation techniques

� Error detection and correction

� Troubleshooting

PRACTICAL EXERCISES

Throughout the course you will participate in hands-on

exercises using simulation software, which will help

you put theory to practice immediately!

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Any person who would otherwise have attended an

EIT training course in person is welcome to register.

Some practical work experience in some of these

topics would obviously be advantageous.

 

Control systems technology course objectives.

 

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