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Workshop Outline & Content Summary

Practical Troubleshooting of DATA ACQUISITION & SCADA SYSTEMS for Engineers & Technicians
OVERVIEW: This workshop covers all aspects of Data Acquisition and control using a PC and data loggers, including design, specification, programming, installation and configuration. The popular IEEE 488 interface is also covered in detail. This hands-on workshop gives both the novice and experienced user a solid grasp of the principles and practical implementation of interfacing the PC and standalone instruments to real world signals. Upon completion of the workshop you will have a thorough understanding of PC based data acquisition systems and will be able to design, specify, install, configure and program data acquisition systems quickly and effectively. An additional aim of the workshop is to cover the industrial communications standards that are used with instruments today. AIMS: Personal computers have become a popular and affordable platform from which to perform data acquisition and control for a variety of industrial and scientific applications. Data acquisition with the PC enables one to log and control a variety of real world signals such as pressure, flow and temperature and to interface to various standalone instruments. This practical workshop equips you with the knowledge and expertise to configure an efficient and effective data acquisition and control system using a PC and standalone instruments. You will learn various simple approaches to the design of data acquisition systems and choice of software, hardware and analysis tools. What you will learn: How to install and configure a data acquisition system Why over 30% of data acquisition systems give incorrect results How to choose and configure the correct software State of the art approaches in design of data acquisition systems How to configure data communications systems How to avoid the common pitfalls in designing a data acquisition system Accreditation: Satisfactory completion of the two-day version of this course satisfies the requirements of the International Association for Continuing Education and Training for the award of 1.4 Continuing Education Units. The course also satisfies criteria for Continuing Professional Development according to the requirements of the Institution of Electrical Engineers and Institution of Measurement and Control in the UK, Institution of Engineers in Australia, Institution of Engineers New Zealand, and others.

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WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Electronic Engineers Instrumentation & Control System Engineers Electrical Engineers Project Engineers Design Engineers Technicians Process Control Engineers Systems Engineers COMPANION COURSES: Other IDC workshops which that enhance the knowledge gained from this workshop include:

Practical Data Communications for Engineers and Technicians Practical IEC 60870.5, DNP 3.0 & Modern SCADA Communication Systems Practical Troubleshooting and Problem Solving of Ethernet Networks Practical Fieldbus and Device Networks for Engineers and Technicians Practical Use and Understanding of Foundation FieldBus for Engineers and Technicians Practical Fibre Optics for Engineers and Technicians Practical Industrial Communication Protocols Practical Troubleshooting and Problem Solving of Industrial Data Communication Systems Practical Industrial Networking for Engineers and Technicians Practical Local Area Networks for Engineers and Technicians Practical Routers and Switches for Engineers and Technicians Practical Radio & Telemetry Systems for Industry Practical TCP/IP & Ethernet Networking for Industry Practical TCP/IP: Troubleshooting and Problem Solving for Industry Practical Fundamentals of Telecommunications and Wireless Communications Practical Troubleshooting of TCP/IP Networks Practical Fundamentals Of Voice Over IP (VO/IP) Practical Wireless Networking for Engineers and Technicians Practical SCADA and Telemetry Systems for Industry

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TIMING: Course timing is generally 8.00am registration and 8.30am start with 12.30 lunch and 5.00pm finish. There are also morning and afternoon breaks. These can be varied for on-site presentations.

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INTRODUCTION Data acquisition and control Fundamental principles of data acquisition and control systems Typical PC based applications ANALOG AND DIGITAL SIGNALS Sensors, transducers and temperature transducers Strain gauges The difference between single ended and differential systems Earthing and isolation techniques to reduce noise Cable shielding and earthing SIGNAL CONDITIONING The different types of signal conditioners Signal conditioning functions and signal filtering Isolation and overvoltage protection THE PC FOR REAL TIME WORK The different data transfer methods Streaming of data to hard disk PLUG IN DATA ACQUISITION BOARDS Typical analogue to digital (A/D) boards Single ended vs differential signals Analogue to digital (A/D) board specifications Capturing high speed transient data Principles of data sampling Speed vs throughput of data Typical digital to analogue (D/A) boards Input/Output (I/O) boards Counter/timer I/O boards Practical considerations with use of digital I/O boards RS-232/RS-485 SERIAL DATA COMMUNICATIONS STANDARDS RS-232 hardware interface Principles of RS-232 handshaking RS-485 hardware interface Communication protocols (e.g. Modbus) Error detection Troubleshooting serial data communications systems CONTROLLERS AND DATA LOGGERS Hardware structure of standalone devices Practical applications of data loggers How to improve communication bottlenecks

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IEEE-488 SYSTEMS IEEE-488.1/IEEE-488.2 and SCPI specifications Hardware configuration Device types (controllers/listeners/talkers) Basic Communications Advanced Communications INDUSTRIAL ETHERNET & TCP/IP Configuring an Ethernet system Troubleshooting TCP/IP and Ethernet Connecting Ethernet based instruments and Data Loggers to a PC Tips and tricks with Ethernet UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS (USB) Concept and practice USB explained Benefits for Data Acquisition and communications SUMMARY, OPEN FORUM & CLOSING PRACTICAL SESSIONS Groups of attendees will be allocated a PC to develop simulated Data Acquisition and SCADA software projects. You will use internationally known software packages, chosen for their high profile and popularity in the industrial environment. You will put these software programs to the test, developing your ability to understand DAQ systems and reinforcing the information learned in the workshop. LEARN HOW TO USE REAL SCADA SOFTWARE The SCADA software used is industry standard DAQ software preferred by factories and plants around the world and is designed for large-scale sites. You will design a simulated project and learn first-hand how to set up and use the software to build a complete factory SCADA system. LEARN HOW TO USE REAL DATA ACQUISITION SOFTWARE The Labview data acquisition software is an industry standard package used for small to medium scale industrial systems. You will develop a simulated tank to pump data acquisition system on the PC. Through designing this virtual system, you will receive an understanding of the use and limitations of data acquisition software packages like Labview. LEARN HOW TO SET UP AND ACQUIRE DATA USING REAL HARDWARE As a bonus you will have the opportunity to see how a data acquisition device is set up and used.You will configure the Data Logger, read real inputs and analyse the information. LEARN THE BASIC TIPS IN TROUBLESHOOTING RS-485, ETHERNET AND TCP/IP Connect up an Ethernet based instrument/logger and troubleshooting typical problems.

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