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Description :

This new course combines lecture and hands-on labs to provide an overview of industrial measurement and control. Technicians, engineers, and managers are provided with a foundation for communication with other control system professionals. Serves as a solid fundamental course for introduction to other ISA courses.

You will be able to :

  • Understand the role of measurement and control in industrial processes.
  • Compare continuous, batch, and discrete control and how they are used in industry.
  • Interpret measurement and control terminology.
  • Compare the methods and devices used in temperature, pressure, level, and flow measurement.
  • Understand safe laboratory practices and the proper use of laboratory test equipment including instrument calibrators.
  • Apply hands-on skills learned in the laboratory exercises.
  • Connect, calibrate, and operate various measurement devices including smart transmitters.
  • Understand, operate, test and tune a simple feedback control loop.
  • Compare different control system architectures including single loop controllers, DCS, and PLCs.
  • Apply ISA standards to interpret symbols and documentation.
  • Communicate the latest trends in measurement and control.
  • Communicate with measurement and control professionals.

You will cover :

  • Concepts of Process Control : Continuous Process Control/ Batch Process Control/ Discrete Control/ the Role of Measurement and Control in Industry/ Graphic Description of Loop Components/ Component Loop Dynamics.
  • Industrial Measurement Systems : Overview / Sensor Selection and Characteristics/ Transmitters/ Smart Transmitters.
  • Pressure Measurement : Concepts / Instruments / Differential Pressure Measurement.
  • Level Measurement : Concepts/ Hydrostatic Head Level Measurement/ Capacitance Level Measurement/ Ultrasonic Level Measurement/ Level Measurement by Weight.
  • Flow Measurement : Fluid Fundamentals/ Methods and Concepts/ Differential Head Flow Measurement/ Velocity Flow Measurement Devices / Mass Flowmeters.
  • Temperature Measurement : Concepts / Thermometers/ Thermocouples/ RTDs/ Thermistors/ Temperature Transmitters.
  • Industrial Process Control : Basic Feedback Control/ Components/PID Control/Final Control Elements/ Tuning Concepts.
  • Trends in Control Technologies : Smart Components / Fieldbus.
  • Proper Operation and Use of Test Equipment : Calibrators.

Classroom/Laboratory Exercises :

  • Calibrate process measurement devices for level, temperature, pressure and flow using a variety of state-of-the-art calibration equipment.
  • Configuration of smart transmitters.
  • Operation of digital controllers.
  • Learn control loop tuning using software.
  • Build and tune an actual feedback control loop.
  • Flow measurements review.

A hand-held calculator should be brought to class.