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Automation Skills modules

Automation is the use of control systems to operate machinery. Each system represents a process that enables the manufacturing of products, relay of information, and the operation of machinery such as cars, trains, ships, and aircraft. Automation allows companies to save time and money, as well as improve safety and quality. Through this group of modules, you will learn about the automation process and control systems that power modern systems. Each module builds on the one before it, giving you confidence as you develop your knowledge in a way that is logical and intuitive.

Introduction to Automation

This module offers a broad view of the automation, covering the role and significance of automated processes, components used in pneumatic/electro-pneumatic installations or circuits, and power sources (Estimated completion time: 0.8 hours).

Automated Process

While the exact design of each system varies, this module covers the basic components, including assembly steps, process checks, and SCADA (Estimated completion time: 1.1 hours).

Automated System

This module covers the basic operations and communication performed in an automated system. This module is designed to teach you to identify the components and stations of the SMC MAP 205 system, assembly steps performed at each station, and common manipulator types used in a pneumatic system (Estimated completion time: 1.7 hours).

Introduction to Process Controls

Automated systems are essential to maintaining quality, improving safety, and increasing productivity. In this module, you will develop an understanding of processes, controls, open- and closed-loop systems, and the advantages of using process control (Estimated completion time: 1.1 hours).

Process Control Systems

This module covers the fundamentals and terminology consistent with all control systems. This module will teach you to identify the basic workings of manual and automatic control systems, signal types in automatic control systems, advantages and disadvantages of both manual and control systems, and the cause of errors in a process control system (Estimated completion time: 1.7 hours).

Set Point/Comparator

These are two of the key components of an automated process control system. In this module, you will learn about various set point devices, op-amp devices, the functions that a comparator performs on feedback and input signals, how error signals are produced in differential amplifiers, and the definition of gain (Estimated completion time: 1 hour).

Controller (PID Control)

Working with advanced automated systems requires precise calculations and decisions. The controller is the component in a feedback loop which does that. Through this module, you will learn about the purpose of the controller in an automatic control system; major types of PID controllers; and differences between proportional, integral, and derivative controls, as well as the definition and major methods of loop turning (Estimated completion time: 1.5 hours).

Multivariate Processes

Most manufacturing processes require the control of numerous variables. This module is designed to teach you about multivariate processes, as well as their key features, applications and process controls, and what is known as “coupling” and “decoupling (Estimated completion time: 1.2 hours).