• Advanced Operation of Digital (Smart) Transmitters and Digital Valve Controllers (TS16)


    Course Number: TS16
    Length: 4.5 days
    CEU Credits: 3.2
    Course Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Certification of Completion: A Certificate of Completion indicating the total number of CEUs earned will be provided upon successful completion of the course.


    This lab-intensive course focuses on the configuration fundamentals, the calibration process, the measurements of multiple variables, and the utilization of computer-based configuration tools for both digital transmitters and digital valve controllers. 

    This course offers you hands-on, working knowledge of smart field devices with an emphasis on measurement accuracy, advanced information gathering, decreased maintenance time, ease-of-configuration and calibration, and diagnostic capabilities. You will cover use in conventional systems and enhancements/improvements when combined with digital control networks, including basic and multivariable digital transmitters and digital valve-positioners. You will also be exposed to various hand-held communicators and computer-based configuration and diagnostic software.

    You will be able to:

    • Differentiate between analog and digital instruments
    • Formulate how digital signal sampling works in digital instruments
    • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of digital instruments
    • Identify the effects of using digital instruments in closed loop control
    • Configure, re-range, and calibrate smart/digital field devices
    • Configure and calibrate control valves fitted with digital valve controllers
    • Test the capabilities of HART™ communication
    • Test the operation of a digital multivariable transmitter
    • Test  the operation of multi-drop transmitter applications
    • Communicate with digital devices utilizing computer-based software
    • Test diagnostic capabilities of digital valve controllers

    You will cover:

    • Analog vs. Digital Instruments: Analog Limitations | Calibration of Analog vs. Digital Instruments | Flexibility of Digital Instruments | Digital Signal Transmission
    • Digital Signal Sampling: Sampler | Sampled Signal Characteristics | Output of A/D Converter | Sampling Speed | Measurement Accuracies
    • Strengths and Weaknesses of Digital Instruments: Effect on Performance | Multiple Measurements | Sensor Zeroing and Calibration | Future Development
    • Smart Control Valves: Digital Positioners | Diagnostic Tools | Control Valve Tuning
    • Serial Digital Communications: Modem | FSK | Protocol
    • HART Communication: Features | Master/Slave Communications | Point-to-Point | Capabilities of HART
    • Smart Multivariable Transmitters: How They Work | How They Transmit Multiple Variables

    Classroom/Laboratory Exercises:

    “Because of the repetition in the labs, my working knowledge of the communicator and transmitter equipment is greatly improved.”
    —Jacob Christopher, TS16 Student
    • Configure digital transmitters and digital valve controllers and control valves
    • Perform sensor trims and calibrations
    • Use various communication tools to configure smart field devices
    • Measure and transmit multiple variables
    • Perform diagnostic tests on smart control valves

    Recommended Pre-requisites:

    • Prior attendance in ISA courses FG07 and TI25.


    • Experience in digital transmitter fundamentals, application, and maintenance

     Note: This course is a combination of ISA's courses TS17 and TS18

    • Do you want to focus more on Digital (Smart) Transmitters?
      Consider taking ISA's Course TS17: Advanced Operation of Digital (Smart) Transmitters.
    • Do you want to focus more on Digital Valve Controllers?
      Consider taking ISA's Course TS18: Advanced Operation of Digital Valve Controllers. 

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

    Not sure this particular course is for you?
    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.