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ICTD International Centre for Training and Development

Troubleshooting of Data Acquisition & SCADA Systems

Available dates

Dec 15—19, 2019
5 days
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
USD 3300
USD 660 per day

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About the course

This course 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.

The course 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.

Course Objectives

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

  • 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

Course Outline

Day 1

PRE TEST

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

Day 2

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

Day 3

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

Day 4

CONTROLLERS AND DATA LOGGERS

  • Hardware structure of standalone devices
  • Practical applications of data loggers
  • How to improve communication bottlenecks

IEEE-488 SYSTEMS

  • IEEE-488.1/IEEE-488.2 and SCPI specifications
  • Hardware configuration
  • Device types (controllers/listeners/talkers)
  • Basic communications
  • Advanced communications

Day 5

INDUSTRIAL ETHERNET AND 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

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 design engineers, electrical engineers, electronic engineers, instrumentation and control system engineers, process control engineers, project engineers, systems engineers and technicians.

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