Best Practice in Industrial Data Communications

Best Practice in Industrial Data Communications

Course Description

This course covers the fundamentals of nowadays industrial data communication systems, such as field bus foundation, HART, industrial Ethernet, and Profibus, at their different OSI layers. Topics include various transmission media, modulation/demodulation (AM, FM, PM); signal coding techniques, error detection and corrections. The course also covers many real-world examples of data communication including wired and wireless Local Area Networks (LAN): topologies, Media Access Control (MAC), access techniques, and Wide Area Network (WAN): Introduction to industrial internet protocols. The course will also tackle modern emerging topics in Industrial data communication such as Internet of Things (IoT), data security, and Quality of Service. 

Learning Outcomes: 

After successfully completing the course, students will be:

  • Able to identify and get acquainted with OSI layers associated to modern industrial data communication systems
  • Get acquainted with different designs of contemporary industrial data communication systems
  • Able to design different communication systems using basic modulation types such as amplitude, phase and frequency modulation
  • Able to identify the characteristics of signals propagated through different transmission media, including concepts of attenuation and noise 
  • Able to apply signal encoding techniques, error-detection, and error-correction techniques

Course Outline:

ity and benefits of layered communication architecture in industrial communication systems; concept of interoperability; introduction to OSI and TCP/IP models; review of communication media for factory automation (wired versus wireless); overview of functions and design issues related to data link layer, MAC sub-layer, network layer and transport layer; IPv6 vs. IPv4, practical problems solving session

  • Overview of Main Protocols for Industrial Communication Systems (Part 1)

Controller Area Network, Profibus, WorldFIP, Foundation Fieldbus, Modbus, practical problems solving session

  • Overview of Main Protocols for Industrial Communication Systems (Part 2)

Industrial Ethernet, PROFINET, Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11 family), WiMAX, Bluetooth, ZigBee, WirelessHART, ISA 100.11a; time synchronization protocols (NTP, IRIG-B, PTP),  practical problems solving session

  • Advanced Topics in Communications

Ad hoc networks; machine-to-machine (M2M) communication; wireless sensor networks (WSN); energy harvesting techniques; applications in monitoring, control and diagnostics, practical problems solving session

  • Communication Requirements for Factory Automation

Internet of Things(IoT) , Quality of service (QoS), reliability and security requirements; prioritizing data; failsafe mechanisms, practical problems solving session

Targeted Audience:


Power point slides will be provided to the audience prior to start the course. Lectures associated to the delivered slides will be provided during the course.

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