Training course offer

Course offer

Job-specific training, covering three key industry facets: technology, organization, and people

We offer methodical and logical development of employee competencies for industrial companies. With an emphasis on automation-related topics, we are not focused solely on the successful mastery of the training, but equally on the ability of workers to apply their newly-acquired skills in the workplace. We support your goals of achieving greater productivity and gaining a competitive advantage through a skilled and motivated workforce.

Training topics

Our industrial training solutions cover the key facets in industry – technology, organization, and people.

We offer training in topics such as pneumatics, hydraulics, electricity/electronics, PLC, digitalization/Industry 4.0, lean production, and leadership.

Check our complete offerings below!

Job-specific training, from shop floor to management

Our programs are tailored to fit the needs of specific job functions and consist of training that leads to qualification for specific job profiles, including but not limited to:

Maintenance technicians, operators, engineers, trainers, educational staff, shop floor workers and managers, production planners, and leadership.

Technology

IM181 - Basics of Effective Maintenance

Machinery and production processes in modern industrial plants are highly complex. Thus, maintenance staff not only require excellent technical knowledge and skills, but also the ability to apply them in a methodical way. After the completion of this training course, participants can implement systematic and efficient maintenance of machines and systems.

Target Group
Maintenance Staff

Duration
16-hour course

Content

  • Role of maintenance and technical service
  • The six typical sources of loss in machines and systems
  • Maintenance, inspection, and repair
  • Key indicators for maintenance:
    • OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness)
    • TEEP (Total Equipment Effectiveness Productivity)
    • MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures)
    • MTTR (Mean Time to Repair)
  • Analysis of weak spots and targeted improvement of machines and systems
  • Spare parts management
  • Maintenance Organization
  • Evaluation of maintenance work
  • Practical exercises
  • Samples and exercises

At the conclusion of this course, the participant can:

  • Recognize the different areas and roles of maintenance
  • Identify the six typical kinds of losses on machine and systems and improve these in a systematic way
  • Understand typical maintenance dicuments and be able to use them in their daily work
  • Integrate and optimize their own work in the processes of the maintenance area

Prerequisites:
Knowledge of Pneumatics, (PN111), DC Technology (EL131), Sensors Technology (AUT121), and PLC (PlC411 or PLC391)

Classes Offered:

  • October 12-13/$1,295 per person

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AUT191 - Fluid Draw Software Training

This course is designed to teach participants about the basic functionality and use of the Fluid Draw Software. Fluid Draw is a powerful tool for designing pneumatics circuits, creating parts lists, and more.

Target Group
Anyone needing to utilize FluidDraw to design Pneumatic Circuits and Projects

Duration
8-hour course

Content

  • Install the software on a computer (if needed).
  • Start the Fluid Draw program
  • Understand and modify the option tools available to utilize and work with the project work space
  • Understand various ISO standard symbology
  • Understand and utilize the Drawing Identification Keys
  • Create a new project
  • Set up project properties
  • Create a circuit diagram
  • Insert symbols from various locations
  • Align symbols within the project
  • Scale and rotate symbols within the project
  • Add connection lines between components within the project
  • Group items together to make a macro object
  • Create a parts list table
  • Use the Festo Catalog and Shopping Basket
  • Save a project
  • Archive a project

Prerequisites
Basic computer skills and software available

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AUT301 - Basic Siemens PLC programming with TIA Portal

Programmable Logic Controllers play a central role in automation and in the Industry 4.0 applications. These devices are used to control machines and systems. This course offers and ideal introduction to IEC-Complaint programming using TIA Portal software.

Target Group
All personnel involved in Siemens PLC programming using TIA Portal.

Duration
16-hour course

Content

  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Project organization in TIA Portal
  • Programming Languages in IEC 61131
  • Device configuration in TIA Portal
  • Programming of basic logic functions, internal bits (marks), timer and counters
  • Downloading and uploading projects
  • Commissioning and troubleshooting a PLC system using TIA Portal software

Outcome

  • State/explain the PLC sections, types of input and output devices, and types of memory in a PLC
  • Create tags to address inputs, outputs, internal bits, timers, and counters
  • Create a basic project using TIA Portal
  • Establish communication between the computer and the PLC
  • Differentiate between a combinatorial (logic) and a sequential system
  • Program in Ladder, Instruction List and/or in Function Block: Inputs, outputs, internal bits, timers, and counters
  • Commission and troubleshoot a basic electro-pneumatic system controlled by a PLC

Prerequisites
DC Technology (EL131), Sensors Technology (AUT121), Industrial Pneumatic (PN111)

For more information and/or to register for the class, click here.

AUT302 - Human Machine Interface – Operation and Visualization

In this course the participant will learn the basics of the structure and function of a Human Machine Interface (HMI). In numerous practical exercises, you will learn how to integrate and parameterize various visual control elements and objects in a user interface.

Target Group
All personnel involved with the Human Machine Interface (HMI) systems

Duration
16-hour course

Content

  • The common terms when working with an HMI
  • The application areas and products of user interfaces
  • The structure and function of user interfaces
  • The basics of developing and HMI user interface
  • The project engineering of basic objects and elements in TIA Portal
  • The connection of sensors and actuators in the project engineering
  • Commissioning of the HMI module on the Modular Production System (MPS) 400 distributor

Outcome

  • Create a device configuration for your PLC and HMI with the Siemens TIA Portal
  • Carry out the runtime settings for the HMI
  • Load your configuration and simulate the HMI
  • Configure basic objects in the TIA Portal: text field, graphic view, date/time field, graphic I/O field, bars, slider, button
  • Animate graphic views
  • Configure an I/O field for the output of a digitalized analog value
  • Configure an I/O field for the input and output of a truth value
  • Configure an I/O field for the input of an integer
  • Configure an I/O field for the input and output of a floating-point number

Prerequisites
Basic PLC programming with TIA Portal (PLC391)

For more information and/or to register for the class, click here.

AUT303 - Object identification with RFID

In this course you will become familiar with the fundamentals of object identification and what is used for.As a key technology for the Industrial Internet of Things, RFID offers new solution approaches for the identification of components and products in production, extending to the data exchange between products and systems.

Target Group
All personnel involved with the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
Systems applied in modern production plants (Industry 4.0).

Duration
16-hour course

Content

  • Introduction to object identification
  • Binary identification
  • Overview of barcodes
  • QR code/2D code
  • Number systems
  • RFID – Radio Frequency Identification: How RFID works
  • RFID Technology
  • Selection of an RFID system by way of example
  • Writing, reading, and analyzing data the data on an RFID tag

Outcome

  • Differentiate between binary, optical and RFID object identification systems
  • Describe the features of RFID
  • Name the components of an RFID system
  • Understand how an RFID transponder works
  • Understand how an RFID reading and writing device communicates with the transponder
  • Evaluate the datasheets RFID components
  • Write to and read out an RFID transponder manually
  • Describe display formats of dates and times in computer systems

Prerequisites
Basic Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC411 or PLC391)

For more information and/or to register for the class, click here.

TCM261 - Introduction to Industry 4.0

Currently, everyone is talking about Industry 4.0 and the many different explanations of its meaning. Particularly people working in lead positions who are becoming more and more confronted with Industry 4.0 should be aware of its impacts. There are varied opportunities on how companies can improve their productivity, quality, and processes in this context. However, before starting an implementation, managers need to have a basic understanding of the core elements and technologies and how their interaction can lead to Industry 4.0. Subsequently, they can consider new business models and specific strategies to implement Industry 4.0 in their company.

Target Group
Upper management, decision makers, and executives from strategy and innovation departments.

Duration
16-hour course

Content

  • Introduction to Industry 4.0
  • Difference between Industry 3.0 and 4.0
  • Overview of the core elements and technologies of Industry 4.0, e.g.
    • RFID
    • HMI
    • M2M Communication
    • Vertical and horizontal integration
    • Decentralized self-controlling production
    • Augmented reality
  • Social-Technological developments and their consequences
  • I 4.0 Business Models and creating new business ideas.
  • Bottom-Up and Top-Down strategies to implement Industry 4.0
  • Competence development in Industry 4.0
  • Change Management with Industry 4.0

Outcome

  • The participant will be familiar with the core elements and basic technologies of Industry 4.0.
  • The participant will understand how the core elements and technologies are connected and can lead to a comprehensive approach to improve processes and products.
  • The participant will understand the opportunities of developing new business models and what to consider when implementing new strategies towards Industry 4.0.

Prerequisites
General knowledge

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Pneumatics

PN111 – Industrial Pneumatics

This pneumatic training course aims to familiarize participants 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.

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

Duration
16-hour course

Content

  • Basic principles of compressed air supply
  • Symbolic representation of devices and standards
  • Basic principles of industrial electric controls
  • Identifying and eliminating faults, including safety aspects
  • Cutting installation costs - from single valve to valve terminal

At the conclusion of the training, the participant can:

  • Design, assemble, and test basic pneumatic circuits
  • Maintain and troubleshoot pneumatic components and basic control systems
  • Identify and describe the design, features, and operation of pneumatic components
  • Identify and explain symbols for pneumatic components
  • Interpret technical specifications and data relating to pneumatic components
  • Understand the fundamentals of compressed air generation

Prerequisites
Basic general knowledge

Classes Offered:

  • January 26 – 27, 2023 Mason, Ohio $1,295.00/person
  • May 11 – 12, 2023 Mason, Ohio $1,295.00/person
  • August 10 – 11, 2023 Mason, Ohio $1,295.00/person
  • October 26 – 27, 2023 Mason, Ohio $1,295.00/person
  • December 7 – 8, 2023 Mason, Ohio $1,295.00/person

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Test your skills and sign up to take our pneumatics assessment

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PN121 - Maintenance and Troubleshooting of Pneumatic Systems

This course allows the participant to extend their knowledge of complex pneumatic systems and improve their troubleshooting and maintenance skills. Practical exercises on training equipment for setup, commissioning, troubleshooting, and repair/fault elimination facilitate the transfer of knowledge to day-to-day work.

Target Group
Maintenance Technicians

Duration
16-hour course

Content

  • Setup and commissioning of pneumatic and electropneumatic systems
  • Analysis of control tasks using GRAFCET in accordance with DIN EN 60848
  • Design and function of pneumatic and electropneumatic circuits
  • Common failures of components
  • Characteristics and behaviors of failing components
  • Disassembly, inspection, and repair of failed components
  • Identifying root causes of component failures
  • Troubleshooting of various pneumatic circuits

At the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Set up and commission complex pneumatic systems
  • Systematically troubleshoot pneumatic systems
  • Know the role of PLC in automation and to integrate the PLC into the control section
  • Work with valve terminals
  • Interpret latest standards and regulations

Prerequisites
Knowledge of Pneumatics (PN111), DC Technology (EL131), and Sensor Technology (AUT121)

Classes Offered:

  • May 25-26/$1,295 per person
  • August 24-25/$1,295 per person

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PN381 - Vacuum Technology

Vacuum technology is a widely used element in pneumatics and handling systems, yet many technicians are not familiar with how it works. This course aims to fill this knowledge gap.

Target Group
All personnel involved with the design, installation, maintenance, operation, and servicing of vacuum components and systems.

Duration
16-hour course

Content

  • Introduction to vacuum technology
  • Vacuum generation in handling technology
  • Vacuum components in handling technology
  • Component selection criteria
  • Basic circuit design

At the conclusion of this course, participants:

  • Will understand the generation and provision of vacuum
  • Are able to describe the fundamentals of vacuum
  • Can select and dimensions suction cups
  • Can interpret the material properties of handling with vacuum
  • Can interpret the vacuum generator properties
  • Can design simple vacuum circuits

Prerequisites
Knowledge of Pneumatics (PN111)

Classes Offered:

  • March 9/$800 per person

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AUT912 - Introduction to Fluid Sim

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

Target Group
All personnel involved with the training of pneumatic, electro-pneumatic hydraulic, electro-hydraulic, and programmable logic controllers.

Duration
8-hour course

Content

  • Symbol Libraries
  • Design of circuits
  • Simulating and testing circuits
  • Creating faults
  • Creating Libraries
  • State Diagrams
  • Component animation
  • Working Principles
  • Exercises
  • Presentations
  • Extended presentations
  • Lesson plans
  • Student and Lecturer Notes
  • Educational Films
  • External Interfacing

At the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and navigate around the software freely
  • Understand and design fluid power and programmable logic controller circuit diagrams
  • Simulate and test these circuits
  • Change circuit parameters such as flow, pressure and component characteristics
  • Create lecturer and student training notes
  • Create tailored presentations
  • Create tailored libraries
  • Link the software to external equipment and machinery
  • Use videos in lesson plans
  • Install and de-install the software

Prerequisite
Knowledge of Pneumatics (PN111), Hydraulics (HY511), DC Technology (EL131), and AC Technology (EL141)

Classes Offered:

  • April 27/$800 per person

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PN142 – Effective Industrial Problem-Solving Techniques for Maintenance Staff

Modern industrial plants have a high level of complexity, making it increasingly difficult for maintenance staff to detect the cause of faults with technical competence and experience alone.
A methodical approach is required. This includes analysis of the environment, communication with specialist departments and systematic use of appropriate problem-solving techniques.

Target Group
Maintenance
Trainers

Duration
16-hour course

Content

  • Function plans of complex industrial equipment
  • Introduction of GRAFCET
  • Troubleshooting using problem solving techniques
  • Causes of downtime and how to prepare a fault list
  • Methods/tools for analyzing weak spots

The participants:

  • have become familiar with the technical structure of a complex machine
  • understand the cause of downtime and failures
  • can prepare and evaulate failure lists
  • can solve technical probelms using a structured approach

Prerequisites
General knowledge

Classes Offered:

  • November 9-10/$1,295 per person

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Hydraulics

HY511 – Industrial Hydraulics

This hydraulic training course aims to familiarize participants with the design, construction, and operation of hydraulic components. This includes the interpretation of circuit diagrams and symbols as well as pressure regulation and position of hydraulic drives.

Target Group
All personnel involved with the design, installation, maintenance, operation, and servicing of industrial hydraulic equipment.

Duration
16-hour course

Content
This course covers the following topics:

  • Equipment and circuit diagram symbols, reading and interpreting basic hydraulic circuit diagrams
  • Physical principles of hydraulics
  • Structure and mode of operation of basic components
  • Measure volumetric flow and pressure
  • Technology and characteristic data of valves and drive elements
  • Intensive training for industrial practice: setting up systems in accordance with circuit diagrams, commissioning systems
  • Fundamentals of proportional hydraulics
  • Structure of simple relay controls

At the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Design, assemble, test, and troubleshoot basic hydraulic circuits for process optimization
  • Identify and describe the construction, design features, and operation of hydraulic components
  • Interpret technical specifications and data relating to hydraulic components and systems
  • Identify and explain graphical symbols for hydraulic components
  • Describe fundamentals of oil flow
  • Set up and commission systems in accordance with circuit diagrams
  • Understand and explain the structure of basic relay controls

Prerequisite
General knowledge

Classes Offered

  • January 31 – February 1, 2023 Mason, Ohio $1,295.00/person
  • March 23 – 24, 2023 Mason, OH $1,295.00/person

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Test your skills and sign up to take our hydraulics assessment

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HY521 – Maintenance and Troubleshooting of Hydraulics

This course is designed to familiarize participants with more complex hydraulic controls and investigates the control of multiple actuator circuits and includes sequence and pressure dependent operations. The use of accumulators is also covered and some of their applications demonstrated in the practical exercises.

Target Group
Operators, Maintenance Technicians, Engineers, Trainers

Duration
8-hour course

Content

  • Overview of maintenance touch-points in a hydraulic system
  • Common fail points and component maintenance
  • Preventive maintenance and fluid quality management
  • Cavitation causes and preventive measures
  • System documentation including motion diagram and function chart
  • Preventive and Predictive Maintenance of Hydraulic Systems
  • Troubleshooting components and hydraulic circuits

Outcomes

  • Identify common component fail points
  • Maintain a hydraulic system and components
  • Use circuit and motion diagrams to identify circuit operation and sequence
  • Design, assemble, and test hydraulic circuits
  • Apply the principles and documentation for systematic troubleshooting in hydraulic circuits

Prerequisites
Basic Hydraulics (HY511)

Class Offered

  • February 2, 2023 Mason, Ohio $800.00/person

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Electricity

EL131 - DC Electricity

In this course we will cover basic atomic theory, voltage, current, and resistance. Participants will calculate, analyze, construct and verify basic series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits. Participants will construct and verify proper operation of various electrical circuits.

Target Group
Industrial Staff, Technicians

Duration
16-hour course

Content

  • Electric current
  • Units and symbols
  • Ohm's Law
  • Measuring in the circuit
  • Voltage supplies: direct current and alternating current
  • Loads in electrical circuits
  • Series connection
  • Parallel connection
  • Voltage divider
  • Circuit principles
  • Electrical components
  • Avoidable and unavoidable measuring errors
  • Conductors, semiconductors, non-conductors (insulators)

At the conclusion of the course, the participant can:

  • Explain the working principle of an electrical circuit and all the basic physical phenomena
  • Effectively measure an electrical circuit
  • Name the key electrical components used in industry
  • Build and commission basic electrical circuits
  • Read basic electrical circuit diagrams

Prerequisites
General knowledge

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Test your skills and sign up to take our DC Technology assessment

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EL171 - Industrial Wiring - Level 1

This introductory course is designed to provide extensive hands-on application of skills relating to the installation of electrical components and ancillary equipment. The participants construct an electrical circuit to operate machine equipment from electrical and construction drawings.
Activities include the proper installation of: mounting hardware (strut channel), electrical boxes, FMC, FNMC, EMT, DIN rail, electrical wiring, pushbutton controls, and single phase electrical motors.

Target Group
Maintenance operators, machine installers, and other staff needing skills and knowledge to complete electrical tasks.

Duration
16-hour course

Content

  • Reading Electrical Drawings
  • Conductor Installation
  • Installing of a Safety Switch Handle on a Control Enclosure
  • Installing of a Motor Overload Reset Button
  • Wiring of an Overhead Door
  • Troubleshooting the Overhead Door

At the conclusion of the training, the participant can:

  • Plan, install, and commission basic electrical circuits
  • Explain fundamental electrical installation standards
  • Ensure the electrical circuit protection measures
  • Identify and use proper electrical tools for installations

Prerequisites
Knowledge of DC Technology (EL131) and AC Technology (EL141)

Classes Offered:

  • April 13-14/$1,295 per person

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EL172 - Industrial Wiring - Level 2

This course is designed to make the participant aware of the basic control circuits for three-phase AC motors along with how they have their place in modern automation technology. The participants will see how simple automation tasks are set up with low-cost safety circuits and how the design, function, and areas of application are explained for each components use.

Target Group
Maintenance operators, machine installers, and other staff needing skills and knowledge to complete electrical tasks

Duration
16-hour course

Content

  • Planning of motor installations
  • Drawing electrical motor circuits
  • Building a magnetic starter for a three-phase induction motor
  • Adding maintenance control to the magnetic starter
  • Adding remote control to the magnetic starter with maintenance control
  • Installing a soft starter for a three-phase induction motor
  • Commissioning and testing
  • Basic safety procedures
  • Reading and understanding of equipment utilization chart

At the conclusion of the training, the participant can:

  • Plan and install three-phase motors and their circuits
  • Plan and install remote control, magnetic and soft starters
  • Commission three-phase motor installations
  • Explain three phase installation standards
  • Ensure the electrical circuit protection measures

Prerequisite
Fundamentals of Industrial Wiring (EL171)

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EL173 - Industrial Wiring - Level 3

The course focuses on three phase electric motors and their operation. Participants will make wiring connections on three phase motors and associated controls/ancillary devices using electrical diagrams and schematic. Troubleshooting skills are learned throughout the training on circuits constructed by the participants.

Target Group
Maintenance operators, machine installers, and other staff needing skills and knowledge to complete electrical tasks.

Duration
16-hour course

Content

  • Planning of motor installations
  • Drawing electrical motor circuits
  • Installing a DC motor drive
  • Installing a manual Starter for a three-phase induction motor
  • Installing an AC Motor Drive
  • Commissioning and testing
  • Basic safety procedures
  • Reading and understanding of equipment utilization chart

At the conclusion of the training, the participant:

  • Can plan, install, and commission AC/DC motors and starters
  • Can explain AC and DC motor installation standards
  • Can ensure the electrical circuit and mechanical protection measures

Prerequisite
Fundamentals of Industrial Wiring (EL171)

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EL174 - Industrial Wiring - Level 4

The course focuses on the necessary electrical connections in panel boxes and control boxes using electrical drawings, schematics, and the National Electrical Code. Participants will perform troubleshooting activities using the circuits constructed during the training.

Target Group
Maintenance Operators, machine installers, and other staff needing skills and knowledge to complete electrical tasks.

Duration
16-hour course

Content

  • Planning of power distribution plants
  • Drawing electrical power distribution plants
  • Installing a main distribution panelboard
  • Conduit installation
  • Conductor installation
  • Wiring of the main distribution panelboard
  • Installing a downstream distribution panelboard
  • Commissioning and testing
  • Basic safety procedures
  • Reading and understanding of equipment utilization chart

At the conclusion of the training, the participant:

  • Can plan, install, and commission power distribution plants
  • Can explain advanced electrical installation standards
  • Can ensure the electrical circuit protection measures

Prerequisite
Fundamentals of Industrial Wiring (EL171)

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EL141 - AC Electricity

This course builds on the outcomes of EL131 and gives participants the knowledge to safely work with more complex electrical circuits. With more advanced theory and a larger focus on AC Electrical topics, This course will prepare participants to work with a wide variety of electrical circuits and systems.

Target Group
Industrial Staff / Maintenance Technicians

Duration
16-hour course

Content

  • Safety in electric circuits
  • Electric field and magnetism
  • Coils
  • Capacitors
  • Calculating and interpreting values
  • Introduction to three-phase current theory
  • Work and power

At the conclusion of this course, the participant is able to:

  • Explain and apply the safety procedures for working in electrical circuits
  • Name the electrical sensors and actuators, and relate them to real-life applications
  • Build and commission circuits of intermediate complexity
  • Diagnose the most common faults in electrical circuits
  • Calculate the cost of using electricity

Prerequisites
Knowledge of Direct Current Technology (EL131)

Class Offered
February 23 – 24, 2023 Mason, Ohio $1,295.00/person

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Test your skills and sign up to take our AC Technology assessment

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Mechanical

ME021 - CAD Drafting & Blueprint Reading

The technical drawing training introduces the participant to creation of mechanical drawings in 2D using orthographic and isometric views. Electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic circuits are also constructed.

Target Group
Maintenance operators, apprentices, designers, machinery installers

Duration
16-hour course

Content

  • Orthographic & Isometric view
  • Dimensioning drawings
  • Geometric, Dimensioning, & Tolerance symbols
  • Assembly drawings
  • Electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic drawings
  • Creating bill of material

At the conclusion of the training, the participant:

  • Is able to identify and describe the different type drawings
  • Can create drawings in various scales
  • Is able to explain the symbols/identifiers on different drawings
  • Can identify/explain the function of circuits found on drawings

Prerequisite
Basic mechanical and computer skills

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PLC

AUT121 – Principles of Sensor Technology

As manufacturing becomes increasingly automated, the understanding of sensors is critical. Sensors are used for a wide range of functions in automated systems, such as to measure pressure, force and distance, detect the presence and/or position of workpieces, and the completion of process steps. This course gives you an overview of sensor technology including the design and function of different types of sensors, their applications, and limitations.

Target Group
All personnel involved with the design, installation, maintenance, operation, and servicing of automated processes

Duration
16-hour course

Content

  • Basic physical principles and characteristic features in use
  • Sensor selection based on materials and ambient conditions
  • Terms and definitions in sensor technology
  • Design, function, and applications of different sensors for detecting presence, distance, travel, force and pressure, and material quality.
  • Industrial applications and realization
  • Technical data and limits on use of sensors
  • Connection technology and signal processing
  • Practical exercises and fault analysis

At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Understand and explain various sensor terms and fundamental function
  • Select the proper sensor for an application, including Position Switches, Limit Switches, Reed Switches, Inductive Sensors, Capacity Sensors, Through Beam Sensors, Retro-Reflective Sensors, and Diffuse Sensors
  • Make electrical connections and test the sensor for proper operation
  • Troubleshoot, repair/replace a faulty sensor in optimize process efficiency

Prerequisites
Knowledge of Direct Current Technology (EL131)

Classes Offered:

  • February 9-10/$1,295 per person

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PLC211 - Siemens S7 Workshop

This course covers the structure and mode of operation of the Simatic S7 as well as how to create simple logic association and sequence programs. A key element of the course is application and handling, using the programming terminology, and taking into account the various interfaces between the individual technologies (mechanical, pneumatics, hydraulics, electrical, and PLC).

Target Group
Maintenance, Engineering, Trainer/Consultant, Process-Engineering Maintenance, Design/Engineering

Duration
16-hour course

Content

  • Basic structure of the Simatic S7 controller
  • Roles of the input and output modules
  • The 3 programming languages: FUC, LD, and IL
  • Archiving and restoring PLC programs
  • Structured programming
  • Sequence programming in FUC

At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • configure and commission a Simatic S7 controller
  • create, read out, and change hardware configurations
  • create and commission PLC programs with logic associations and sequences
  • combine various program modules into structured programs
  • delimit and eliminate faults and errors using the diagnostic buffer and status display
  • understand and create complex program structure
  • find errors in complex programs quickly and efficiently
  • establish the reasons for machine stoppages with the aid of the PLC program
  • make changes and additions to programs developed by others

Prerequisites
Basic Technical Knowledge

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PLC371 – CODESYS for Industry

Maintaining flexibility despite a high degree of automation is one of the most important challenges in many 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.
CoDeSys is a tried-and-tested, globally-introduced, and hardware-independent software. It constitutes a Controller Development System according to the IEC 61131-3 with all defined programming languages independent of the hardware manufacturer. On completion of the course the participant knows when to use CoDeSys and masters the basic features and simple programming.

Target Group
Service technicians, electricians, and programmers

Duration
16-hour course

Content

  • an overview of the CODESYS software
  • introduction to the IEC 61131-3 PLC programming languages
  • understand and apply a systematic method for independent PLC programming
  • describe the sequence of automated systems using GRAFCET
  • using the Visualization tools with CODDESYS
  • troubleshooting automated systems with CODESYS
  • professional PLC programming project documentation

On completion of the course, the participant:

  • can use and combine IEC 61131-3 languages (CoDeSys V3) to program a professional solution for an industrial application quickly and efficiently
  • can program IEC 61131-3 compatible industrial controllers
  • can describe the sequence of the MPS Distribution Station or MecLab module Handling using GRAFCET or Motion Step diagram
  • can program the sequence of the Used module using a language or combination of languages
  • can use debugging tools to simulate, test, and trace
  • can use CoDeSys features for troubleshooting
  • masters the fundamentals of visualization
  • can create and use different kinds of variables (local, global, and system)
  • can produce a professional documentation of a project
  • knows how to find help within the software
  • knows how to create an Empty project for I/O testing
  • knows how to create a Boot project to start the controller automatically
  • can confidently identify relationships within the process
  • can avoid damage and failure in the case of user-specific errors through safe and precise intervention

Prerequisites
Knowledge of basic PLC programming

Classes Offered:

  • September 14-15/$1,295 per person

For more information and/or to register for the class, click here.

PLC391 - PLC Fundamentals - Siemens

This course will cover the basic operations of Siemens Programmable Logic Controllers. The participants will utilize a PLC in connection with pneumatic components.

Target Group
Anyone involved with developing and maintaining systems that include a PLC and have limited PLC knowledge.

Duration
16-hour course

Content
Participants in this class will learn about:

  • Control Relays
  • Basic design and operation
  • PLC Sections: Input, Logic, and Output
  • Input Types: Discrete, Analog, and Digital
  • Memory Types: ROM and RAM
  • Logic Processing: Addressing and Scanning
  • Output Types: Discrete, Analog, and Digital
  • Numbering Systems: Decimal, Binary, Octal, Hex, and ASCII
  • Boolean Functions: Identity, Not, AND & OR Circuits
  • Basic Troubleshooting: Using a PLC as a troubleshooting tool

At the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the operation and design of various relays
  • State/explain the three PLC sections
  • State/explain the three types of input devices
  • State/explain the types of memory in a PLC
  • Explain different types of PLC addressing
  • State/explain the three types of output devices
  • Convert different numbering systems used in a PLC
  • Explain various Boolean gates/truth tables
  • Demonstrate how to use a PLC for troubleshooting to resolve problems quicker

Prerequisite
Knowledge of DC Technology (EL131) and Sensors Technologies (AUT121). Optional Pneumatics (PN111)

Classes Offered:

  • June 22-23/$1,295 per person

For more information and/or to register for the class, click here.

PLC401 - PLC Intermediate - AllenBradley

This course will enable the participant to conduct Allen Bradley PLC programming and modifications. The participant will also be introduced to basic PLC functions and the fundamentals of networking.

Target Group
Engineers and maintenance technicians who need to write and modify PLC programs to ensure efficient and reliable machine performance.

Duration
16-hour course

Content

  • Ladder logic programming
  • Basic functions; operation and programming
  • Program modifications
  • Uploading and downloading programs to a PLC
  • Networking fundamentals

At the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Program a PLC
  • Upload and download programs to/from a PLC
  • Understand and program basic PLC functions
  • Modify a current PLC program
  • Understand basic networking fundamentals

Prerequisite
Knowledge of PLC Fundamentals (PLC411) or knowledge of PLC programming

Classes Offered:

  • July 13-14/$1,295 per person

For more information and/or to register for the class, click here.

PLC411 - PLC Fundamentals - AllenBradley

This course will cover the basic operations of Allen Bradley Programmable Logic Controllers. The participants will utilize a PLC in connection with pneumatic components.

Target Group
Anyone involved with developing and maintaining systems that include a PLC and have limited PLC knowledge

Duration
16-hour course

Content

  • Control Relays
  • Basic design and operation
  • PLC Sections: Input, Logic, and Output
  • Input Types: Discrete, Analog, and Digital
  • Memory Types: ROM and RAM
  • Logic Processing: Addressing and Scanning
  • Output Types: Discrete, Analog, and Digital
  • Numbering Systems: Decimal, Binary, Octal, Hex, and ASCII
  • Boolean Functions: Identity, Not, AND & OR Circuits
  • Basic Troubleshooting: Using a PLC as a troubleshooting tool

At the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the operation and design of various relays
  • State/explain the three PLC sections
  • State/explain the three types of input devices
  • State/explain the types of memory in a PLC
  • Explain different types of PLC addressing
  • State/explain the three types of output devices
  • Convert different numbering systems used in a PLC
  • Explain various Boolean gates/truth tables
  • Demonstrate how to use a PLC for troubleshooting to resolve problems quicker

Prerequisite
Knowledge of DC Technology (EL131) and Sensors Technologies (AUT121). Optional Pneumatics (PN111)

Classes Offered:

  • June 8-9/$1,295 per person

For more information and/or to register for the class, click here.

PLC421 - PLC Intermediate - Siemens

This course will enable the participant to conduct Siemens PLC programming and modifications. The participant will also be introduced to basic PLC functions and the fundamentals of networking.

Target Group
Engineers and maintenance technicians who need to write and modify PLC programs to ensure efficient and reliable machine performance.

Duration
16-hour course

Content
Participants in this course will learn about:

  • Ladder logic programming
  • Basic functions; operation and programming
  • Program modifications
  • Uploading and downloading programs to a PLC
  • Networking fundamentals

At the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Program a PLC
  • Upload and download programs to/from a PLC
  • Understand and program basic PLC functions
  • Modify a current PLC program
  • Understand basic networking fundamentals

Perquisite
Knowledge of PLC Fundamentals (PLC391) or knowledge of PLC programming

Classes Offered:

  • July 27-28/$1,295 per person

For more information and/or to register for the class, click here.

Process Automation

LP141 – Maintenance Strategies and Total Productive Maintenance

This course provides service technicians with an overview of commonly used maintenance strategies, compares these based on different requirements, and thus provides you with a basis for making maintenance decisions to maximize availability in your own company.

Target Group
Maintenance
Design/Engineering
Trainers
Management

Duration
16-hour course

Content

  • Production systems and their influence on maintenance
  • Six typical types machine and system loss
  • Roles and self-image in maintenance
  • Organizational structures for maintenance
  • Comparison of maintenance strategies:
    • Event-oriented maintenance
    • Routine maintenance
    • Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)
    • Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM)
    • Risk-Based Maintenance (RBM)
  • Data for recording maintenance performance
  • Examples and practical exercises

At the conclusion of the training, participants:

  • Establish sources of loss on machines and systems
  • Sees maintenance as a service provider for production
  • Evaluate various maintenance strategies and select the appropriate one for the company or various machines
  • Implement the company’s maintenance strategies
  • Select and collect data for recording maintenance performance

Prerequisites
General knowledge

For more information and/or to register for the class, click here.

LP191 - Lean Production – Interactive Workshop Experience

This business workshop uses a model production system to introduce participants to the principles of lean production and how it can help to deliver efficiency and production gains.

Target Group
Anyone who functions with responsibility for planning and implementing projects

Duration
16-hour course

Content

  • Inventory minimization as an important basis for increased productivity
  • The principle of pull productions control
  • Advantages compared to conventional production control methods
  • Types and functions of different pull production control methods
  • Application of methods
  • Kanban: the classic pull principle
  • SMED: Optimization of setup processes with Single Minute Exchange of Die
  • CIP as part of the business game
  • Introduction of Value Stream Mapping (VSM)

At the conclusion of the training, participants:

  • Understand the principles of lean thinking
  • Knows fundamental methods for improvement
  • Analyze the causes of delivery problems and low productivity
  • Develop and implement ideas for meeting customers

Prerequisites
General knowledge

Classes Offered:

  • November 30-December 1/$1,295 per person

For more information and/or to register for the class, click here.