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Control Systems Familiarisation – Two Day Course

Course Overview


Production breakdowns do happen and sometimes can be at the worst possible time. Usually the aim is to repair and re-start production with the shortest delay. This can only be achieved with appropriately trained personal that can quickly diagnose and fix with the confidence to know there is minimal risk to equipment and ancillary systems, and know the production quality is unchanged.

In the last 30 years, highly sophisticated control systems such as PLC’s, variable speed drivers, etc have enable a much simpler repair scenario which can get your production facility up and running very quick. In a breakdown situation, you don’t have to rely on specialised contractors to do simple diagnosing and repairs, especially as these people can be unavailable or have to travel long distances to get to you. These days, you or one of your staff can be trained to perform first line diagnose and repair on even the most complicated control system.

There are no educational or experience pre-requisites for attendees. The contents of this two day course is expected to bring attendees up to intermediate level and Strengthen the following generic skills:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
  • Ability to manage information and documentation
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities

Course Aim


Provide a high level technical overview including:

  • Discuss industrial systems and technologies (eg communication protocols) in use today
  • Understand the building blocks of control systems etc.
  • Typical faults finding techniques and understanding the experience of others
  • Precautions and considerations when swapping or repairing control system modules

Course Objectives


On completion of this course, attendees should be able to:

  • Understand the major control system components and how they can integrate together
  • Diagnose major component failures such as modules and power supplies
  • Requirements and considerations to swap modules in electrical and control system rack
  • Simple board level experience swapping discrete components and IC level upload/download programs