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Industrial Field Communications: Evolving Fieldbus Networks to Ethernet an IP

In the past, industrial networks were aways served by proprietary technologies, with poor economies of scale and poorer maintainability characteristics. For these and other good reasons, there is a strong trend in industry toward open architecture, standards-oriented networking. Although the market is moving in this direction, there are still a challenging number of design options, and often difficult choices must be made.

The objective of this course is to demystify the subject, identify important networking technologies that are suitable for specific classes of applications, and provide students develop a working understanding of how to best exploit this class of network.

Who Should Attend
The course is targeted toward technical personnel with a responsibility for specifying, designing, installing, testing and/or maintaining industrial field networks. This will include managers, engineers, technicians and trades people with responsibility for instrumentation, process control, SCADA systems and production/operation.

Features of Presentation
Each delegate receives a permanent, comprehensive workbook that is much more than a set of lecture notes. These workbook manuals are designed to complement the presentation, and are really a comprehensive textbook, with subject index, extensive glossary section. This workshop program is augmented with a number of student problem solving exercises and demonstrations of featured technology.

Program Outline: Fieldbus and Sensor Networks

(i) Introduction
Overview of Fieldbus Standards
Applications and Configurations
Competing Standards: The Fieldbus Wars
The Universal Preference for IP Compatibility
The Pervasive Shift to Wireless

(ii) Review Network Principles
OSI Architecture Features
Serial Data Communication Technologies
Interface Standards
Modulation, Modems and Managing Errors
Computer Operating Systems; Windows and Unix/Linux

(iii) Ethernet and Other Local Area Networks
Contention and Collision Detection
10, 100, 1000 and 10,000 Megabit Per Second Variations
Features and Application of Ethernet Switches
Quality-of-Service Features (IEEE 802.1p/q)
Power Over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af)

(iv) Industrial Ethernet
Challenges With Adopting Ethernet For Industrial Applications
Hardening Ethernet For Industrial Service
Managing The Statistical Variability of Ethernet
Redundant Ethernet Configurations

(v) Elements of The Internet Architecture
Protocols of the Internet Architecture
Principles of Internet Protocol
Other Important Protocols; TCP, ICMP, ARP
Comparing Bridges, Routers and Switches
Computer Operating Systems; Windows and Unix/Linux

(vi) Fieldbusses - Comparisons and Common Features
Before We Had a Field bus ...
Overview of Alternative Technologies
Relative Advantages/Disadvantages of Each
Emerging Dominant Application Areas

(vii) Foundation Fieldbus
Application Scenarios - H1 and H2 Levels
Publisher/Subscriber Model (Compared to Client/Server)
Physical Layer and Frame Structure
Peer-to-Peer Communication and Link Active Scheduler
Function Blocks and Device Descriptions

(viii) Modbus and Modbus Plus
Origins and Application Scenarios
Physical Networks and Topology Alternatives
Message Structure and Frame Formats

(ix) Profibus
Application Scenarios
Message Structure and Frame Formats

(x) Overview of Other Field Network Technologies:

  • HART:
    Applications and Configurations
    Modes of Operation and Device Descriptions
  • Interbus:
    An RS-485 Ring System
    Ring, Bus and Segmented Bus Configurations
(xi) Ethernet/IP and DeviceNet/CIP
CAN-Open and the CANBus
Ethernet/IP and CIP
An Abstract View of Data Elements

(xii) Wireless Sensor Networks
Ad Hoc Networks
ZigBee - (IEEE 802.15.4) Developments
Other WSN Technologies
Issues With Managing Power
New Applications Made Feasible With Wireless

(xiii) Wireless LANs - Wi-Fi
Wireless Advantages and Disadvantages in Industrial Environments
Features of The IEEE 802.11-Series of Standards
Designing Wireless LAN Systems
Current and Emerging Wireless Alternatives

Glossary of Terminology
Suggestions For Further Reading

General Index

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