ICTD International Centre for Training and Development

Smart Field Devices Configuration and Testing

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About the course

This five days course offers a broad perspective of Smart Field Devices, including transmitters and valve -positioners. The emphasis is on more reliable information gathering, decreased maintenance time, ease-of-use, and multi-tasking capabilities. You will cover use in conventional systems, and enhancements / improvements when combined with digital control networks.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the delegates will be able to:

  • Differentiate between analog and digital instruments
  • Understand how digital signal sampling works in digital instruments
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of digital instruments
  • Explain the basics of serial digital communications
  • Understand the effects of using digital instruments in closed loop control
  • Configure and calibrate Smart/digital Field Devices
  • Configure intelligent control valves
  • Understanding digital multivariable transmitter

Course Outline



Analog vs. Digital Instruments:

  • Analog Limitations
  • Calibration of Analog vs. Digital Instruments, and
  • Flexibility of Digital Instruments

Digital Signal Sampling:

  • Sampled Signal Characteristics,
  • Output of A/D Converter
  • Slow Sampling

Strength and Weaknesses of Digital Instruments:

  • Effect on Performance
  • Multiple Measurement
  • Programming for Field Level Control,
  • Future Development

Intelligent Control Valves:

  • Digital Positioners
  • Diagnostic Tools
  • Adding PID Controllers to Control Valves

Serial Digital Communications:

  • Parallel to Serial Converter
  • Modem

Proprietary Bus Systems:

  • Overview of Bus Systems
  • Need for Open Bus System

Intelligent Multivariable Transmitters:

  • How they work
  • How they can transmit multiple variables

Post test

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 Instrumentation and Control Engineers & Technicians, Communication Engineers, Operation Engineers, Process and Utility Supervisors, Technical Management, and Technical Supervisory personnel involved in Configuring and Testing Smart Field Devices.

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