• Distributed Processor Systems for Control (IC35)


    Length: 3 days
    CEU Credits: 2.1
    Course Hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


    "After writing two Bid Specs for DCS equipment, I've gotten an appreciation for how difficult it is to try to teach a subject like this without being vendor-specific! Good job again on the course." 
    ~Sean McLaughlin, Controls Engineer

    Not merely distributed control systems (DCS), this continually updated course covers the many aspects of control systems with the impact of the several newly emerging technologies. The perspectives provided are necessary for anyone responsible for legacy control systems, anticipating the purchase of upgrading their existing system, or contemplating the purchase of a new system. It also has been extremely helpful for individuals prior to their going to a supplier's course on a specific system, as well as for sales personnel for control systems.

    Develop a perspective of distributed processor systems and their evolution from DCSs and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) to smaller "hybrid" systems, large Enterprise-wide systems and so-called open control systems. Explore the many aspects of traditional single loop, central computer, PLC, programmable automation controller (PAC), Personal Computing networks (PC), the emerging Enterprise Control System (ECS) concept, and traditional supervisory control and data acquisition(SCADA) architectures, along with alarm management issues and the roles of fiber-optic, wireless, multiple fieldbuses, safety systems, and cybersecurity issues.

    You will be able to:

    • Examine latest advances in distributed processor technology using several commercial systems to illustrate the concepts
    • Compare roles and need for ECS, DCS, PLC, PAC, PC, SLC, and traditional SCADA architectures
    • Analyze impact of this technology on possibilities of control strategies as well as operator interfaces
    • Apply concepts of body/mind reaction to audio and visual symbols to meaningful human machine interfaces (HMIs) and impact on alarm management
    • Evaluate and justify potential benefits of distributed processor technology for improved productivity
    • Examine how a process control strategy can now easily evolve with changing plant needs
    • Explore issues involved in linking control processor technology to enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems
    • Define the differences among the several fieldbuses and the issues of Control-in-the-Field (CIF)
    • Gain perspective on the use of wireless technologies, including security issues
    • Analyze the issues of personnel, process, system, and cyber safety
    • Specify, select and implement distributed processor systems

    You will cover:

    • Analysis of Distributed Computing: Distributed Analog to Central Computer to Microprocessor | Functional Distribution | Physical Distribution | Distributed and Centralized Information
    • Comparison of Current System Philosophies: Distributed Control | PLC | PC | PACl | Open Control (OPC) Systems | ECS
    • Controller Structures: Inputs/Outputs | Shared Loops | Clustered Loops |Discrete and Logic Control | Sequential and Batch Control | Multifunction Control
    • Operator Interface: Philosophy of Interactive Displays | Workstation Roles | Operator Input Devices | Alarm Management | Trending
    • Communication Networks: Physical Architectures | Communicating Structures | Media Access Protocols | Various Fieldbuses |Fiber Optics | Wireless | CIF| Plant-wide Links to Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), ERP, etc.
    • Control Strategy and Configuration: Development of Control Parameters | Development of Control Strategy | Standardized Configuration Languages
    • System Security: Reliability |  Availability | Redundancies | Diagnostics  | Personnel Access | Cybersecurities
    • Implementation: Justification | Prepare Specification | Looking at Vendors |  Evaluating Quotes |  Post Purchase
    • Looking to Future Changes: Technologies | System Structures | Real Process Performance Capabilities

    Classroom/Laboratory Exercises:

    This is not a laboratory course but a development of perspective.
    • Examine structures of various vendor systems for their different approaches
    • Develop how the distributed nature of a control system is needed for a specific process application

    Special show course offerings include in-class assignment involving exhibit visits followed by in-depth analysis and class discussion, as it relates to the course topic.

    Recommended ResourcesUnderstanding Distributed Processor Systems for Control (Current Edition)

    If you wish to register offline, download the Training Registration Form, complete, and return to ISA with your payment.

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    pre-instructional survey is available for you to evaluate your level of understanding of the course material and to show you the types of questions you'll be able to answer after completing the course.