Almost any automation problem can be solved by various means: by using the mechanical or pneumatic controllers or with the latest microcontrollers. But when we talk about the dangerous processes automating, for which the issues of long-term reliable and safe operation under any operating conditions have the highest priority, in most cases, industrial controllers have a significant advantage over all other possible solutions.
With the increasing control processes complexity, with the advent of new requirements for the integration of various automation tools into a single information system to meet the customer’s need to be able to quickly obtain information about the current production state from almost anywhere in the world enforce the need to choose the modern PLC tools becomes obvious.
The lab equipment available to students includes SIEMENS SIMATIC S7-300 and S7-1200 controllers, SIEMENS SINAMICS G120 frequency converter with motor and SIEMENS SIMATIC HMI Comfort Panel touch panel.
Teachers and students have created the laboratory training stands that let the possibility to develop automation systems for different complexity levels objects.
As part of laboratory work, students both consolidate and deepen the PLC programming skills, received within previous courses, and learn how to develop control algorithms of increased complexity, as the Siemens Simatic S7 controllers are used for energy, chemical processes, food, agriculture and utilities automation as in many other equally important industries.
Using the SIEMENS controllers within the learning process gives the practical experience of real automation problems solving, which can significantly increase the value of specialists graduated by the department for the labor market.