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Automation Basics


The THORS Automation Basics course will help learners identify various components and products that can commonly be seen within an automation system.
Learning Hours: 1.5

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Course Description

Automation Basics consists of sections that will help familiarize the learner with the rudimentary concepts associated with sensors, actuators, the various types of controllers, and human machine interfaces that are used with automation systems. Presented in THORS’s graphically rich and interactive learning format, this course will help employees identify various components and products that can commonly be seen within an automation system.

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Who will benefit from this Automation Basics course?

Quality, manufacturing, engineering, designing, testing, purchasing, and sales function at organizations that require an understanding of the basic terminology and equipment used in automation.

Course Classification

This manufacturing course by THORS eLearning Solutions covers identification of key terms and understanding of key concepts.

*THORS uses the Bloom’s Taxonomy Methodology for our course development.

Certificate Awarded for Automation Basics

Example of certificate awarded upon successful completion of the course.

*upon successful completion

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Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the differences between sensors and actuators.
  2. Differentiate discrete sensors from analog sensors.
  3. Summarize the various controller types and what processes best suits them.
  4. Understand what human machine interfaces are and how they have evolved.
Several computer monitors displaying human machine interfaces used to operate and monitor automated processes and machinery
Automation Basics

Table of Contents

  1. Sensors and Actuators
    1. Sensors
      1. Discrete Sensors
      2. Analog Sensors
    2. Actuators
  2. Controllers
    1. Programmable Logic Controllers
    2. Distributed Control System
    3. Variable Frequency Drive
    4. Servo Motion Controllers
    5. Computer Numeric Controllers
    6. Robot Controllers
    7. Stepper Motion Controllers
  3. Human Machine Interfaces
    1. Traditional Operator Interfaces
    2. Traditional Operator Interfaces with Automation
    3. Graphical Operator Interfaces
    4. Advanced Capabilities

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