Dec 07, 2021  
2021-2022 College Catalog 
2021-2022 College Catalog
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AIT 215 - Process Control Systems

4 Credits, 6 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 3 lab periods

Overview of the area of Process Control Systems of a manufacturing or industrial facility. Preparation to sit for the NIMS Duty Area 7: Process Control Systems Certification Exam.

Prerequisite(s): AIT 125  
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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Read and interpret process control system documentation including identifying components on a P&ID diagram, instrument tag, and instrument index.
  2. Calibrate, adjust, and test analog sensors and signal conditioning equipment.
  3. Calibrate, adjust, and test pneumatic proportional valves and I/P transmitters.
  4. Build a simple/basic process signal loop system.

  1. Interpreting Process Control System Documentation (e.g. Identifying Components on a P&ID Diagram, Instrument Tag, Instrument Index)
    1. Process control components identification (given their ISA P&ID schematic symbol)
    2. Operation of a process control system (given a P&ID diagram)
    3. Components on a P&ID diagram identification (given their instrument tags)
    4. Instrument data interpretation (given on an instrument list)
  2. Analog Sensors and Signal Conditioning Equipment (i.e. Calibration, Adjustment, Testing)
    1. Operation of current-output and voltage-output signal sensors
    2. Operation of signal conditions for analog sensors
    3. Operation of various transmitter types
    4. Analog sensors and specification interpretations
    5. Units of measurement variables (conversions from raw data units, 4-20ma)
    6. Connecting and testing
    7. Span and zero point adjustments
    8. Failure types
  3. Pneumatic Proportional Valves and I/P Transmitters (e.g. Calibration, Adjustment, Testing)
    1. Current-output and voltage-output of signal final control elements
    2. I/P converters operation
    3. Pneumatic proportional valves operation
    4. 2-way and 3-way Pneumatic PCV (connect and test)
    5. I/P converter  (connect, test, calibrate)
    6. Pneumatic proportional valves calibration
  4. Building a Simple/Basic Process Signal Loop System
    1. Identification of basic signal loop process control systems components
    2. Drawing a print of a single loop process control system
    3. Connecting, calibrating, and tuning
    4. PID process control loop operation
    5. Single loop process controller operation
    6. PCL process control and distributed control systems (DCS) basic operation and application

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2019/20

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