March 22, 2022

Introduction to Automation

Automation is the use of devices, machines, and control systems to decrease the need for human work. Automated systems are used in numerous industries due to their economic benefits. Understanding of automation, its benefits, and the power sources used in automated systems is important to the success of an automation technician. By the end of this course, you will be able to • Understand the role and importance of automated processes • List the power sources of some automated processes • Identify different types of components used in pneumatic/electro-pneumatic installations or circuits
March 22, 2022

Automated Process

Automated systems are capable of performing a wide variety of tasks and processes. Even though the specific design of each automated system may vary, most share the same basic types of components. By the end of this course, you will be able to • Identify different assembly process steps • Identify two types of process checks • Define SCADA
March 22, 2022

Automated System

At a basic level, all automated systems work in the same way regardless of their size or task. Understanding of the basic operations and communication performed in an automated system is the first step to understanding how to maintain them. By the end of this course, you will be able to • Identify the components and stations of the SMC MAP 205 system • Identify the assembly steps performed at each station • Identify common manipulator types used in a pneumatic system
March 22, 2022

Introduction to Process Controls

Process control systems are present in almost all modern automated and engineering systems. These systems are key to increasing productivity, maintaining quality, and improving safety. By the end of this course, you will be able to • Define a process • Define a control • List categories of processes • Define an open-loop control system • Define a closed-loop control system • Identify the advantages of using process control
March 22, 2022

Process Control Systems

Process control systems are used in processes as simple as filling a tank with liquid and as complex as chemical engineering. However, the fundamentals and terminology are consistent for all control systems. By the end of this course, you will be able to • Identify the basic components of manual and automatic control systems • Identify the signal types in an automatic control system • List the advantages of a manual control system • List the advantages of an automatic control system • List factors that cause errors in a process control system
March 22, 2022

Set Point/Comparator

Two key components of an automated process control system are the set point and the comparator. The set point device establishes a value for the desired state. The comparator device calculates how far the process is from this value. By the end of this course, you will be able to • List examples of set point devices • Define an op-amp device • List the functions that a comparator performs on feedback and input signals • Understand how an error signal is produced in a differential amplifier • Define gain
March 22, 2022

Controller (PID Control)

Keeping modern industrial automated systems under control can require high-level calculations and decisions. The controller is the component in a feedback loop that makes the calculations and decisions. By the end of this course, you will be able to • Identify the purpose of the controller in an automatic control system • Understand the differences between proportional, integral, and derivative controls • Identify the major types of PID controllers • Define loop tuning • Identify the major methods of loop tuning
March 22, 2022

Multivariate Processes

Industrial processes often require the control of several variables to achieve the desired state of a finished product. This course will discuss controlling these multivariate processes. By the end of this course, you will be able to • Define a multivariate process • Identify the key features of a multivariate process • Identify applications of multivariate process controls • Understand the terms coupling and decoupling