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Factory Automation & Control Training Series

Learn about sub-systems and trends relevant for factory automation design

This factory automation  series discusses key sub-system blocks for control systems, communication and field devices. It covers how Industry 4.0 drives changes in industrial communications, how safety requirements impact control systems (PLC, DCS, PAC, …) and field devices as well as sensing for predictive maintenance. On top of this, it also covers the necessary foundations for any engineer starting a design career in this field:

  • Efficient power architecture for isolated or non-isolated topologies
  • Signal chain for sensor input, voltage and currents (4..20mA) input/output
  • Common industrial examples implementation.

 

1. Isolation in Industrial Robot Systems

In 2019 more than 2.5 million industrial robots will be in operation worldwide, according to a forecast of the international federation of robotics. An industrial robot typically consists out of a control cabinet, a robot arm and a Human Machine Interface (HMI) Panel. To guarantee safe operation of the complete robot system, the different robot components and its interfaces need to be isolated to each other.

# Title Duration
1.1 Isolation in Industrial Robot Systems
This training gives an introduction to different types of robots. An example for an industrial robot system is given
23:30
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2. Isolated Power Supplies for PLC I/O Modules

The training starts with an overview of an analog input module. Typical components and their voltage supply levels are shown. Next, possible power topologies like push-pull, flyback or flybuck with their advantages and disadvantages are discussed.

# Title Duration
2.1 Isolated Power Supplies for PLC IO Modules
In industrial automation systems, isolation is a key requirement, watch this on-demand training to learn the pros and cons of the different isolated p...
40:08
2.2 Simplify surge protection with the TPS2660 eFuse
Due to threats like ESD, EFT and lightning surges, A TVS diode alone is not sufficient!TPS2660 eFuse along with TVS diode offers complete surge prote...
06:23
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3. How to add Industrial Ethernet to Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Router Machine

CNC routers use step and direction signals to control each stepper motors. In addition motor information (position, temperature, fault) gets transferred from stepper motors back to control unit. This must be done in star topology and a mix of proprietary interfaces. Simple open real-time Ethernet (SORTE) enables 4 µs cycle time on industrial Ethernet and replaces step/direction signal and motor feedback info into a single Ethernet cable that is also wired in line topology.

# Title Duration
3.1 How to add Industrial Ethernet to Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Router Machine
How to add industrial Ethernet into a CNC router machine with Simple Open Real-Time Ethernet (SORTE).
18:24
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4. Learn Different Solutions to Design a Field Transmitter Ultrasonic AFE

A common method to measure process parameters in plants is based on sound waves. This method is used in: level, flow and displacement field transmitters. It works based on measuring the time of flight (ToF) between when the pulse, generated by a piezo electric crystal, is sent and received back by the piezo. 

# Title Duration
4.1 Learn Different Solutions to Design a Field Transmitter Ultrasonic AFE
This system training will guide you through different innovative solutions to design a field transmitter ultrasonic AFE based on the PGA460, MSP430 and...
10:40
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5. Designing a Multi-Channel 4-20mA Analog Input Module

This training helps to understand relevant parameter of a 4-20mA analog input module, such as surge protection, handling miss-wiring, broken wire detection, isolation or protection of the module against over-current at power and signal inputs.

# Title Duration
5.1 Designing a Multi-Channel 4-20mA Analog Input Module
This training discusses real-world system requirements for a multi-channel 4-20mA analog input module for programmable logic controller (PLC).
37:30
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6. Simplify protections for IEC61000-4-x compliance on DC power line

# Title Duration
6.1 Simplify surge protection with the TPS2660 eFuse
Due to threats like ESD, EFT and lightning surges, A TVS diode alone is not sufficient!TPS2660 eFuse along with TVS diode offers complete surge prote...
06:23
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