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ISA Introduces Tactics for Advanced Troubleshooting Boot Camp (TATC)

New course part of ISA Technician Training Boot Camp Series

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (07 April 2014) - To help experienced technicians more rapidly identify and solve complex process control problems, the International Society of Automation (ISA) announces today it has developed a new, in-depth course focusing on advanced troubleshooting techniques.

Tactics for Advanced Troubleshooting Boot Camp (TATC) - which will make its 2014 debut beginning Monday, 12 May 2014 at ISA headquarters in RTP, NC, USA - is specifically designed for:

  • Instrument technicians with maintenance responsibilities that require specific knowledge of instrument control loops and equipment malfunction identification
  • Maintenance and reliability engineers responsible for loop and equipment integrity
  • Process control engineers
  • Automation engineers
  • Supervisors needing general knowledge of troubleshooting techniques employed for rapid problem identification

This new ISA course, one of three highly intensive, week-long courses that comprise the ISA Technician Training Boot Camp Series, illustrates in detail the techniques required to troubleshoot today's instrument loops and equipment. Simulating loop and equipment malfunctions, the course imparts the advanced problem-solving techniques utilizing the latest process control test equipment, built-in diagnostics and communicators.

Primary course objectives are to:

  • Demonstrate actions and measurements used to troubleshoot pneumatic loops
  • Provide specific troubleshooting techniques and measurements used for the analysis of a 4-20 mA loop
  • Review, illustrate and discuss the operation of the HART™ protocol physical form of transmission
  • Discuss various built-in diagnostics employed to determine proper transmitter operation or malfunction
  • Examine the effects of transmitter malfunction and failure on control loops
  • Identify failure methods employed by various manufacturers
  • Describe the most common communication signals and demonstrate measurements used to ensure proper operation
  • Illustrate control valve DVC configuration and calibration processes used to validate proper operation
  • Pinpoint and demonstrate DVC built-in diagnostics used to identify control valve malfunctions

Upcoming offerings for this course:

Tactics for Advanced Troubleshooting Boot Camp (TATC)
12 - 16 May 2014
ISA Headquarters
Research Triangle Park, NC, USA

Tactics for Advanced Troubleshooting Boot Camp (TATC)
20 - 24 October 2014
ISA Headquarters
Research Triangle Park, NC, USA

To register for the May 2014 offering of TATC, visit the course registration page. For immediate assistance, email info@isa.org or call +1 919-549-8411.

ISA Technician Training Boot Camp Series

ISA's new ISA Tactics for Advanced Troubleshooting Boot Camp (TATC) course is one of three in-depth technical training offerings within its Technician Training Boot Camp Series.

Other series offerings include:

  • ISA Technician Training Boot Camp (TTBC)
    Starting with basic instrumentation fundamentals and ending with the advanced and ultimate in smart technology, this course focuses on the knowledge required by a control systems technician with five years of experience in performing maintenance, calibration and troubleshooting tasks typical in a plant floor environment. To register for the June 2014 offering of ISA Technician Training Boot Camp, visit the course registration page.
  • ISA Process Automation Boot Camp for Non-Maintenance Personnel (PABC)
    Delivering more general, fundamental instruction in process automation, this new course is designed for non-maintenance personnel with little or no background in the field of process measurement and control. While broad in focus, this new ISA course offers highly intensive instruction. To register for the August 2014 offering of ISA Process Automation Boot Camp for Non-Maintenance Personnel, visit the course registration page.

About ISA Training

ISA's courses are known and respected worldwide for their unbiased, practical approach to technology application. All ISA courses are led by industry experts who offer in-depth, real-world coverage of topics critical to automation and control success. You will be able to immediately apply what you learn in the classroom when you return to work. Learn More

About ISA

Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation (www.isa.org) is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).