Range of courses

Our range of courses

Technology, organisation and people – our offer for a wide range of target groups within every company

We make sure that the competencies of employees in industrial companies are developed in a practical, tailor-made way. The content focuses on the core competencies that are needed in the different automation technologies and on helping employees to transfer and apply their newly acquired skills in the workplace. This is because qualified and committed employees make a decisive contribution to the productivity and competitiveness of your company.

Course topics

Our offer includes training courses and seminars in those areas that play a key role in everyday industrial life: technology, organisation and people.

We offer courses for, amongst many other topics, pneumatics, hydraulics, electrics/electronics, PLC programming, digitalisation/Industry 4.0, lean production and leadership.

Discover our complete range of courses below!

Pneumatics training

Modern Industrial Pneumatics – fundamentals

Designed as a general introduction, this pneumatic training course aims to familiarise delegates with the design, construction and operation of pneumatic components. This includes the interpretation of circuit diagrams and symbols as well as the construction of control systems.

This pneumatic training course covers the use of compressed air for pneumatic control and as a signalling medium. A complete overview is given, covering compressors, storage, dryers and distribution as well as the design, construction and operation of a range of actuators, valves and ancillary equipment. The relevant ISO symbols are introduced and included in the circuit diagrams.

Practical sessions give delegates the opportunity to put theory into practice. Working from the diagrams they have produced, delegates have to select the correct components from a range of equipment and build the circuits, making the necessary adjustments for pressure, flow and sequence.

A strong emphasis is placed on safety and appropriate working practices throughout the course, especially during the practical sessions.

Target Group
All personnel involved with the design, installation, maintenance, operation and servicing of industrial pneumatic equipment and basic control systems.

Content

  • Advantages and disadvantages of air
  • Theory of air and gas laws
  • The service unit Single acting cylinders
  • Directional and solenoid operated valves
  • Valve port labelling
  • Double acting cylinders
  • Component layout
  • Speed control including flow control valves, quick exhaust valves

Prerequisites
A general engineering background is advised but no specific knowledge of pneumatics is needed as this will be covered within the pneumatic training course.

Training Outcomes
On completion of this course participants will be able to:

1. Understand the units and measurement scales associated with compressed air systems.
This allows users to accurately set machines for optimum performance, aids fault-finding and can reduce downtime.

2. Recognise pneumatic symbols drawn to the relevant standards (ISO 1219)
Enables users to identify components and understand their function in a circuit. Helps improve communications regarding components and applications to create efficiencies.

3. Understand the functioning of standard pneumatic cylinders and valves
Improve confidence by selecting the correct components for the task in hand. Identify how components could be adjusted to optimise system performance.

4. Read pneumatic circuit diagrams
Identify components in a control application and understand how they interact. Use circuit diagrams in more complex fault finding situations, and learn to produce your own solutions/diagrams.

5. Construct simple pneumatic controls
Improve automation and understand when adjustments and modifications may be needed.

6. Understand safe practice
Identify potential hazards to yourself and others. Understanding why certain components are (and should be) included for safety reasons.

Comments
Courses take place over three days and are available in-house or at one of our national training centres. Practical exercises are used throughout the whole course. Candidates will also use FluidSIM, a Festo software package for the design

Course dates and prices
On request Northampton £890

23/01/23 - 25/01/23 Northampton £890

27/03/23 - 29/03/23 Northampton £890

22/05/23 - 24/05/23 Northampton £890

31/07/23 - 02/08/23 Northampton £890

25/09/23 - 27/09/23 Northampton £890

27/11/23 - 29/11/23 Northampton £890

Introduction to FluidSIM® Pneumatics

Designed as a general introduction to the potential of this software tool. FluidSim is versatile for preparing instruction in educational establishments and vocational training, as experimentation and self-learning system, or as a CAD system for the design and testing of control systems. The course uses a combination of short learning modules and hands-on exercises to convert theory and understanding into practical based knowledge.

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Design, Assembly & Maintenance of Pneumatics Controls

Designed to familiarise delegates with the control methods used for more complex pneumatic circuits, the course aims to improve design, fault finding and maintenance techniques and skills. The course carries on from the 'Modern Industrial Pneumatics Fundamentals' course, continuing with the use of pneumatic controls. It introduces more complex control circuits and requires previous knowledge of valve operation, circuit symbols and reading diagrams.

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Introduction to Electro-Pneumatics

Designed as a general introduction to the function and operation of pneumatic and electrical equipment used in simple Electro-Pneumatic controls, the course covers the design and practical construction of such circuits. The course deals with the control of pneumatic actuators using electrical sensing and switching devices. Electrical principles are covered at a basic level, but some previous knowledge of pneumatic equipment is required.

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Local Approach to Fault Finding

This module is designed to develop the fault finding skills of maintenance technicians/engineers.The process of fault finding is the focus of the course. External factors that can affect the process are discussed as well as methods, tools and practices that can assist in identifying faults. Although the course is 'technology neutral' exercises using pneumatic equipment are used to practice the skills and methods.

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Troubleshooting & Maintenance in Pneumatics

This course is designed as an introduction to fault-finding and maintenance in pneumatic and electropneumatic systems, and how to avoid common mistakes and inefficiencies. It provides a comprehensive overview including the identification of components, reading and understanding pneumatic/electropneumatic circuits and systematically identifying faults. The content will improve your approach to maintenance and efficiently dealing with breakdowns.

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Mechatronics training

Mechatronics Level 1

The course introduces the various control media used in automation systems and explains the operation of some of the components used to allow the delegates to compare control methods. Our mechatronics training covers the control of pneumatic actuators using pneumatic and electrical signalling devices together with the use of PLC's. The construction and operation of valves and sensors is investigated and used in the construction of control circuits.

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Mechatronics Level 2

Our mechatronics training course has been designed to provide delegates with the skills to design and construct more complex control systems involving two or more cylinders and convert them to pneumatic, electrical or PLC control. The course requires previous knowledge to the standard of 'Mechatronics Level 1', and continues to develop the same areas of control. Circuits involving logic, time delay and sequence control are designed and built using pneumatic, electrical and PLC equipment.

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Hydraulics training

Modern Industrial Hydraulics

Designed as a general introduction to the subject of hydraulics, the course gives a comprehensive introduction to hydraulic equipment, components and circuit design. Applicable to multiple engineering type roles, this foundation of learning will improve communications between colleagues, suppliers and customers via a common understanding.

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Introduction to FluidSIM® Hydraulics

Designed as a general introduction to the potential of this software tool. FluidSim is versatile for preparing instruction in educational establishments and vocational training, as experimentation and self-learning system, or as a CAD system for the design and testing of control systems. The course uses a combination of short learning modules and hands-on exercises to convert theory and understanding into practical based knowledge.

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Hydraulic Control Systems

Designed to familiarise participants with more complex hydraulic controls, the course introduces aspects of the electrical control of hydraulic systems. The course investigates the control of multiple actuator circuits and includes sequence and pressure dependant operations. The use of accumulators is covered and some of their applications demonstrated in the practical exercises.

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Proportional Hydraulics

Designed to familiarise delegates with the construction and operation of proportional hydraulic valves, the course investigates the function of control amplifiers. The course introduces the use of proportional, directional and pressure control valves and explains their construction, operation and response characteristics. The connection and adjustment of the control amplifier is explained and its operation investigated in the practical exercises.

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PLC training

Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers Using CoDeSys

Designed to give delegates an introduction to PLC controlled systems, the course aims to familiarise them with the associated equipment and terminology, as well as the writing and implementation of simple programs. Programming is done using CoDeSys, a development environment for programming logic controller applications, which conforms to the international industrial standard IEC 61131-3.

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CoDeSys Fundamentals for PLC Programmers

Despite a high degree of automation, flexibility is one of the most important challenges in manufacturing companies. It demands the integration and networking of different controls in a complex automation system. This is further complicated by the huge variety of programming software available. Differences in user-interfaces, functionality and command sets cause confusion and make mistakes more likely. Our CoDeSys training focuses on providing candidates with a general introduction to the IEC 61131-3 Controller Development System from 3S.

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Programming of PLCs

Designed to give delegates an introduction to PLC controlled systems, the course aims to familiarise them with the associated equipment and terminology, as well as the writing and implementation of simple programs.
Programming is done using CoDeSys, a development environment for programming logic controller applications, which conforms to the international industrial standard IEC 61131-3.

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Electrical training

Industrial Electrics & Control Fundamentals for Non-electrical Personnel - Part 1

Decrease production downtime, improve efficiency and increase output. This course has been specifically developed for non-electrical maintenance and service personnel and will give them the knowledge and skills required to enable them to work safely alongside qualified electricians.

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Energy Saving training

Introduction to Energy Saving on Compressed Air Systems

This module is designed to assist those who work with compressed air systems to fully understand the costs, and potential waste of energy, associated with compressed air use. Methods and practices to reduce leaks and inappropriate use of compressed air are discussed, as well as the need to set and maintain optimum settings.
Correct sizing of components in relation to load, speed and pressure is covered with the use of Festo ProPneu software.

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Knowledge Checker

Check your technical knowledge before training

The role of any training is ultimately to change habits in the workplace through the application of new skills and knowledge. To help you assess which training is right for you and your team we have free to use Knowledge Checkers on our technical topics.

Simply select from one of the topics below to use our Knowlege Checker facility:

- Pneumatics training
- Mechatronics training
- Hydraulics training
- Electrical training
- Energy saving training
- Safety training

Job-specific courses – from production to management

Our training courses are perfectly tailored to the requirements of various job roles. They can contribute to people's qualifications for specific job profiles. These include:

Maintenance technicians, operators, engineers, designers, instructors, teachers and trainers, production employees and their managers, production planners and managerial staff.