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DCS400 – DCS Training for Control Room Operators
Duration: 1 Day Classroom or 6 hours Online
Audience: Plant Operators, Process Engineers, DCS technicians, Instrument Engineers and Supervisors
Prerequisites: Some control room exposure is desirable, but not required.
Course Material: DCS screens and slides
Course Description and Objectives:
Many new and inexperienced control room operators enter plants every year. This course is aimed at training both new and experienced operators. The course focuses not only on the mechanics of how to use the DCS but also covers many of the intricate details necessary for skilled and high quality operation.
In this course, we teach the operator many important DCS operational details, including DCS tag attributes, parameters and fields, how to start up complex Primary (Basic), Custom made and Advanced Process Control (APC) schemes, the meaning of SP tracking, PV tracking, windup and many other topics. We cover procedures for how to detect control problems and tackle them quickly and effectively. We also cover PID tuning. The operators learn DCS graphics and how to navigate from the various screens. We also teach how to modify and improve DCS graphics using typical configuration methods. The course helps to prevent careless mistakes that could potentially cause shut-downs and encourages safe habits. The operators also learn to fully utilize features like trending, event monitoring, history and other advanced features that can make the operators’ time more effective.
At the end of the course, operators will be skilled on all basic, advanced and practical concepts on DCS operations. They will understand DCS tag attributes and variables. They will know how to activate Primary (Basic), Custom made and Advanced Process Control (APC) schemes correctly, troubleshoot process and control problems and also tune PIDs. They would have learnt tag ranges, tuning parameters, alarm system, alarm limits, rate of change limits, trending in the DCS, event history, logs, reports and security. The course also teaches safety and important good habits recommended for operators. This course is a must for any operator or technician and will be of great value to engineers and supervisors too.
- Analog input, output and regulatory tag details, parameters and attributes
- Digital input, output and regulatory tag details, parameters and attributes
- Continuous control programs
- Discrete control programs
- PID equation- how it works
- PID parameters, nonlinear control, gap action, special forms of PID
- Long chains of control tags, cascade chains, chain startup procedure
- Preventing mistakes when entering data into DCS, use of clamp functions
- Event history
- Trending system
- Alarm rationalization, management and enforcement
- Troubleshooting common problems
- Smart messaging and advisory
- Interlocks and Permissives
- Sequence and rule-based controllers
- Safety and reliability in the control room
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