Functional Training


Skills - Automation Systems Design and Development



Training Introduction

It’s almost impossible to think of an industry without automation. Process automation ensures controlled processes, quantity- and quality improvements. Main focus during this training is a thorough and detailed development process, to develop reliable automation systems. In many cases, issues arise during commissioning and programming. Unfortunately this is at the end of the development process, and solving issues in this phase will be costly and time-consuming. To prevent this, it is essential to start with a good design and an inventory of the requirements. In addition, the success of developing automation systems is the right balance during the development process is crucial.

Training Target Group

Software engineers, system developers and programmers responsible for the development of industrial control systems such as PLC and/or SCADA applications.

(Pre) Knowledge

To take part in this course, participants must have experience with industrial automation processes and follow the World-Wide Training Certification Program.

Training Global Contents

Designing is a crucial step in System Development. Therefore, the design process and mapping out the exact requirements are the basis of this course. A development process should be focussed around the GAMP (Good Automated Manufacturing Practice) principle. For a complete overview, all phases of a development process will be addressed in theory. Practical aspects have been addressed in previous courses. Main topics during this course are specification-techniques and various methods that can be uses to specify control systems.

Training Methods

ATS courses are given by highly qualified trainers, with practical knowledge, in professional ATS training centres or On-Site. Prior to the course an intake conversation can take place to define the participant(s) and the company's requirements. Presentations (theory and examples) as well as practical exercises bring the courses to life. ATS courses are interactive, the trainer will always make sure the training contents link back to your situation.

Training Specific Contents

  • Why control engineering?
  • Modelling the development process and Life-Cycle
  • Planning and controlling the project
  • Preparing a list / statement of requirements
  • System Development
  • Program engineering and system configuration
  • System testing and programming
  • Learning tasks:
    • Designing a process control solution (only PLC)
    • Designing a process control solution (PLC, Communication and HMI)
    • Designing a process control solution (PLC, Communication, HMI & SCADA)




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