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Industrial Automation

Course 1
Basics of Industrial Automation  Concepts, technologies and main components
Automation is everywhere, both in the industrial and in the residential fields. Though the high number of different applications, there are anyway some common bases that can be found in every automation system. It is theferore possible to learn a unified design approach, that will allow to solve any automation challenge. This approach is based on the knowledge of the fundamental components of an automation system – both at hardware and software levels – of the standards and of the programming languages.
 To understand the main parts of an automation system and to know their operation
 To effectively select the automation products most suited to a given application
To know the standards that rule industrial automation
To obtain a general view of the available offering
The participants will learn how to design an automation system both in the industrial and residential environment and how to evaluate the features of the main automation components and will acquire the methodologies required for the proper programming, deployment and maintenance of automation systems. They will also learn how to optimally manage the signals coming from a machine or plant to be controlled and how to drive the available actuators.
Suggested duration: 1 or 2 days depending on the depth to be reached.
1.The "pyramid of automation"
1.1 The multi-layer model helps to design the automation system
1.2 The basic components
2. Control units
2.1 Possible alternatives for system control
2.2 PLC
2.3 Standard and custom solutions
3. Sensors
3.1 Standard programming languages for control units
3.2 Kinds of sensors
3.3 Of/off, digital and analog sensors
3.4 A/D converters
3.5 2- and 3-wire interfacing with control unit
4. Actuators
4.1 Kinds of actuators
4.2 Electric motors and pneumatic cylinders
4.3 Interfacing actuators to control system
5. Fieldbuses and networks
5.1 Remoted I/Os
5.2 The benegits of fieldbuses compared to traditional wiring
5.3 Main fieldbuses
5.4 Selection criteria
6. Software
6.1 Software to design automated systems
6.2 Programming of automated systems
7. Supervision systems
7.1 What a Scada is and whet it allows to do
7.2 Main parts
7.3 Supervision software
8. Application examples
8.1 How to afford an automation project
8.2 The Gemma method8.3 Tools for project verification
9. Conclusions