Industrial instrumentation and process control

A flexible training platform that delivers the process plant directly to your lab

The numerous and diverse process automation challenges faced by industry requires highly qualified, specialized personnel, whose training needs go far beyond an introduction to fundamentals. Since it is prohibitively expensive to shut down an industrial system or to build a real, functional system solely for learning purposes, training platforms that offer a high degree of industry-realism are of great importance.

Perfectly aligned to industry requirements

Very few process automation training systems are truly industrial while simultaneously being flexible enough to be used for education, training, or research purposes. Our industrial instrumentation and process control training solutions are among those very few - industrial AND flexible!

The pedagogical approach underlying this family of training systems is based on in-depth courseware for a comprehensive coverage of the field, combined with industrial-grade equipment on a par with industry standards.

Full modularity for utmost versatility

The modularity of the solutions enables instructors to precisely match training needs in a large variety of contexts, without superfluous equipment, from training future workers in the field of process automation, to updating or developing the skills of experienced workers, to supporting research and development activities.

Several configurations are available for the systems, and optional equipment multiplies the possibilities. This flexibility allows training systems to be expanded over time, as technologies and techniques evolve.

Tailored to the needs of a wide range of learners

Our process control training program can be used by operators; mechanic, instrumentation, electronic, and process technicians; mechanic, chemical, electric, and electronic engineers; as well as any other professionals, such as software engineers, who need a strong understanding of the main processes and devices used in industry. The hardware can also be used in cybersecurity research projects and new, advanced control algorithms (neural network control), for example.

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Your benefits

Modular hardware design

Training systems feature two double-sided, mobile workstations, linked together with a hitch mechanism:

  • The Process Workstation is the hub of the different processes to be investigated by the students, and houses pumps, pipes, valves, boiler, and all other components, parts of the circuits.
  • An Instrumentation Workstation houses the electrical and pneumatic units, as well as other electrical equipment, such as the variable speed drives, controllers, PLCs, color paperless recorder, and touch screen graphic terminals.

This recreates the widespread industrial practice of separating the process environment from the instruments and controllers, while limiting the risk of exposing such equipment to contact with water.

Complete, turnkey courseware

The learning solutions are part of the Instrumentation and Process Control program, which uses modern equipment and a complete curriculum to help students assimilate the theoretical and practical knowledge that is mandatory to work in the process control industry.

For each process, pedagogical content begins with a training system familiarization, and continues to measurement, then to basic and advanced process control. Specific equipment guides or manuals are also available for a wide range of components, so that all devices are well documented.

The necessary theory is presented in a straightforward, clear manner. Hands-on experiments are detailed and illustrated to support independent learning.

This comprehensive learning program ensures extensive training, resulting in an increased return on your investment and a better preparation for the workplace.

Smart devices: HART or FOUNDATION Fieldbus

Many components of the systems feature a transmitter, which is able to communicate via one of two communication protocols: HART or FOUNDATION Fieldbus.

  • The HART protocol enables communication between devices by superimposing digital signals on top of the existing 4-20 mA outputs.
  • The Fieldbus protocol is like a Local Area Network (LAN) for smart devices.

Most of these devices can usually be configured manually via their alphanumeric display and/or push-buttons, or via a remote computer. Calibration kits are available for each protocol.

Well-known brands

The systems provide a wide array of sensors, transmitters, and controllers from well-known brands, such as Honeywell, Endress+Hauser, Rockwell Automation, Fisher, and Foxboro. This ensures that training is aligned to industry standards; real-world processes can be easily replicated for learning purposes.

Software support

To efficiently support laboratory experimentation and enhance student understanding of the processes, the following software programs are available:

  • The SCADA software programs, Wonderware Development Studio (including InTouch) and FactoryTalk View Studio (from Rockwell Software), come with an interface specially designed for the Pressure, Flow, Level, and Temperature Process Training Systems. An OPC server for the Foxboro controller is also available.
  • LVProSim is a free simulation software that offers simulation of different process control schemes, as well as control, for data acquisition and PID control of a real process.

Troubleshooting skills development

Troubleshooting of industrial process equipment should be an integral part of training. Our learning systems feature many tools to help instructors devise troubleshooting exercises for the students. Faults can be inserted in most devices: controllers, PLCs, transmitters, etc., through different methods.

Pressure, flow, level, and temperature processes

The Pressure, Flow, Level, and Temperature Process Training Systems introduce students to a wide range of industrial processes, as well as to their instruments, control devices, and troubleshooting.

The system also features training on complex control loop strategies, such as the ones used for controlling a level in a boiler. The boiler simulation allows students to apply a variety of advanced control strategies, such as split-range, ratio, and feed-forward.

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pH and conductivity processes

The pH and Conductivity Process Training Systems are designed to introduce students to these industrial processes and their associated instruments and control. Topic coverage also encompasses chemistry, titration, water deionization, troubleshooting, and more.

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Air pressure and flow processes

The Air Pressure and Flow Process Training Systems introduce students to process instruments and control performed on air processes, as well as troubleshooting. Its single workstation contains all the equipment required to perform the experiments with compressed air.

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Distributed Control System

The PlantPAx? Distributed Control System Demonstrator teaches different types of process control loops and strategies for pressure, flow, and level processes, and is capable of temperature monitoring. It features the combination of all these control loops simultaneously, as well as using PID control, and offers the possibility to create cascade control loop strategies. Get more details about this system.

Three-phase oil separator learning system

Three-Phase Oil Separation

Demonstrate the fundamentals of oil separation, such as the effect of gravity and layer thickness, viscosity, retention time, density difference, vessel pressure, and oil/gas/water ratio. The system features real-life components that are used in the oil and gas industry. Click here for complete details about this learning solution.

Start discussing the configuration of your training platform.

The strength of the industrial instrumentation and process control product line lies with its extreme flexibility, multiplying the number of possible system configurations and options.

Our specialists can efficiently guide you through the process of configurating a solution that will perfectly match your training needs. Simply contact us: we are here to help!