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Distributed Control System (DCS) Applications, Selection & Troubleshooting

Course general description and who should attend:

This course introduces description of DCS with its architecture and explain its components with the applications and selection criteria in different industries.

Course objectives:

Upon completion of the course. Participates will be able:-

  • To define the concept of control with basic elements of control loop. To explain interconnection between control system and field.
  • To define the components of DCS and architecture
  • To explain applications and selection criteria of DCS in different processes.

Who should attend:

The course is designed for Instrumentation engineers, supervisors and technicians.

Course duration: 5 days

Course contents:


  • Concept of Process Control:
    • Control System Definition
    • Process Control Definition
    • Basic Elements of Control Loop
    • Standard Instrument Signals
    • Smart Transmitters
  • Introduction To Digital Control System
    • Direct Digital Control (DDC)
    • Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)
    • SCADA
    • DCS
    • Main Differences Between DCS, PLC and SCADA


  • DCS Structure and Main Components
    • Controller Systems and Input/Output Modules
    • Operator Stations
    • Engineering Stations
    • Control Network
    • Advantages and Disadvantages of DCS
  • Signal Transmission
    • Digital Vs. Analog Communications
    • Fieldbus Technology
    • HART
    • Foundation FieldBus


  • Networking
    • Open System Model
    • Network Topologies
    • Network Cables
    • Industrial Network
    • Servers


  • DCS Controller
    • Hardware Description
    • Process Control Software
    • Redundancy
    • Diagnostics and Fault Announcements
    • A practical Example (ABB Advant Controller 450)


  • Operator Station
    • Hardware
    • Operation and Configuration
    • A Practical Example (ABB Advant OCS)
  • Overview of Practical DCS Systems
    • ABB System Adant OCS for Advant Master
    • ABB System 800xA Architecture for Advant Master
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