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Practical Safety Instrumentation and ESD Systems Fieldbus and Device Networks for Engineers

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About the course

New training program that introduces managers, engineers and technicians to the latest standards and practices in the application of safety instrumented systems and Emergency Shutdown systems for the protection of hazardous processes. The best safety systems is not the most expensive but rather it is the most practicable system; one that does not cause production losses whilst seeking to achieve a realistic level of risk reduction. This NEW workshop focuses on the management, planning and execution of automatic safety systems in accordance with IEC 61511, the newly released standard. The increasing trend towards digital communications within the industrial plant environment has brought in its wake a myriad of problems concerned with interconnectivity and differing standards offered by a wide variety of competing vendors. For the user, it has become progressively more difficult to differentiate between the proffered options. This workshop, Data Communications and Fieldbus Systems, is designed to provide engineers and technicians with an overview of modern digital communication standards – starting at the basic RS232 standard right through to Profibus/Foundation Fieldbus and beyond.

Course Objectives

  • An understanding of the principles of data communications
  • The application of basic faultfinding techniques covering RS232 up to RS485
  • An overview of the wide range of Fieldbus options
  • A practical approach to the use of Modbus and the application of troubleshooting techniques
  • Ability to differentiate between the use of Modbus, Modbus Plus, Asibus, DeviceNet, Profibus, Foundation Fieldbus
  • An overview of TCP/IP and its associated protocols
  • Application of basic TCP/IP utilities

Course Outline

Day 1


  • Overview of safety instrumented systems for managers


  • Introduction to IEC 61511 and the safety lifecycle

Day 2


  • Hazop methods and hazard analysis for defining risk reduction requirements


  • Principles of risk reduction and safety allocation

Day 3


  • Practical SIL determination methods based on IEC 61511


  • Practical SIS configurations for both safety and availability targets


  • Practical selection of sensors and actuators for safety duties

Day 4


  • Practical reliability analysis methods and programs to IEC 61511


  • Practical selection of safety controllers


  • Practical system integration and application software for safety controllers

### Day 5


  • Practical documentation and validation of SIS systems


  • Practical diagnostics and proof testing of safety instrumentation

Course Methodology

A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:

  • (30%) Based on Case Studies
  • (30%) Techniques
  • (30%) Role Play
  • (10%) Concepts
  • Pre-test and Post-test
  • Variety of Learning Methods
  • Lectures
  • Case Studies and Self Questionaires
  • Group Work
  • Discussion
  • Presentation

Who should attend

This course is intended for all Professionals involved in designing, selecting, sizing, specifying, installing, testing, operating and maintaining data communication and Fieldbus systems, any professional needing to get to grips with the ever expanding and complex field of data communications and Fieldbus systems such as:

  • Automation Engineers
  • Chemical Engineers
  • Consulting Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Electricians
  • Industrial IT specialists
  • Installation and maintenance technicians
  • Instrumentation and Control Engineers
  • Maintenance Engineers
  • Operations Engineers
  • Process Engineers
  • Process Operators
  • Production Managers
  • Project Managers
  • System Integrators

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