Distributed Control System Fundamentals

Learning objectives

  • Describe the functions of a typical distributed control system (DCS)
  • List and briefly describe the main components or elements of a DCS
  • Explain the use of a remote control panel in the DCS
  • Discuss communications mediums available for use in DCS; list advantages and disadvantages of each choice
  • Describe the purpose of a central control facility (control room) associated with a DCS
  • Describe the functions of the human machine interface (HMI)
  • Discuss the reasons for different levels of authority on various HMI stations
  • Identify the functions of control, interface, and database software associated with DCS

Course overview

A distributed control system (DCS) is distributed, or spread, among several different unit processes. Knowing this type of control system is necessary to understand how processes, equipment, and parameters are controlled in a typical power plant unit.

The Distributed Control System Fundamentals training course describes the design and function of a DCS. it provides an overview and covers:

  • Digital communication units
  • Communications links
  • Central control rooms
  • Control, interface, and database software

The Distributed Control System Fundamentals course is part of the Plant Control System training series.

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