Part III: Time-Driven Versus Event-Driven Control
Continuing Education Center 2/29/2012 330 comments The inputs and outputs to and from a controller may be a function of time (or time-driven), which means that the control flow is driven by a clock; or things may be controlled by events (event-driven), which means that the control flow is determined by events, such as a sensor triggering or a user action or a message from another control system. Our expert will introduce the concepts of discrete (digital), continuous (analog), time-driven, and event-driven systems.
Part II: Control System Feedback Loops
Continuing Education Center 2/28/2012 282 comments A control system has one or more inputs from external sources and one or more outputs driving external loads. The controller may also use one or more feedback loops, which refers to sampling the outputs from the downstream process and feeding these sampled values back as additional inputs into the control system. Our expert will introduce the concepts of open-loop, closed-loop, linear, and non-linear control systems.
Intro: Basics of Industrial Control Processing
Continuing Education Center 2/27/2012 288 comments In its most general sense, a control system is a device that is used to manage, command, direct, or regulate the behavior of other devices, processes, or systems. Industrial control systems are used in the manufacturing and production of products and the control of processing plants. Our expert will discuss the evolution of control systems and introduce a variety of fundamental concepts.
Part V: Advanced Sensors in Precision Manufacturing Applications
Continuing Education Center 2/17/2012 245 comments The rules can change when sensor specifications exceed those for high-volume applications. High precision and accuracy sensors as well as measurement extremes often dictate different sensor technologies. This lecture will explore a few of the more challenging situations.
Part III: Selecting the Right Sensor for Your Application
Continuing Education Center 2/15/2012 227 comments For some measurements, selecting the right sensor simply involves a few parameters such as range, accuracy, and precision. However, applications with network communication and environmental issues such as temperature extremes and high humidity demand further considerations. Our lecturer will discuss a few of his favorites in this session.
Introduction: Basics of Industrial Sensors & Control
Continuing Education Center 2/13/2012 321 comments Choosing the right sensor for industrial applications involves more than just the sensor technology used for the measurement. Other system requirements, including the network communication protocol, play equally important roles. Our expert will delve into some of the most common issues for industrial measurements.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.