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

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to describe the design and function of a typical distributive control system (DCS).

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