• Program: Automation Robotics Engineering Technology
  • Course: Industrial Networks
  • Course #: ARET2500
  • Total Credits: 2

Course Description

This course will expose the students to many of the different Industrial Networks that will be encountered in a manufacturing setting. Students will gain an understanding of the network infrastructure utilized by industrial machinery and the communication profiles used. The communication profiles will include but not be limited to: Serial Communication, RS-232, Ethernet, Modbus, Profibus, DevicNet, Foundational Fieldbus and AS-I Bus. Additionally Fieldbuses and cabling procedures will be discussed and how they are applied in a Distributed Control System (DCS).

Course Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Disability Services

Hennepin Technical College offers reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability that may require accommodations, contact the college’s Disability Services Director: Sara Laviolette at Brooklyn Park (763-488-2477) or Jean Kreutter at Eden Prairie (952-995-1544).

Course Goals

The following goals will be addressed in the course:
Analyze how data networks are used in industrial facilities
Select the methods used to control information flow within a network
Identify the types of cables used to connect computers and industrial machinery within a network
Distinguish the physical layer of two or more device buses
Examine Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and their application in an industrial facility
Explain how to use a DCS interface to obtain process data and troubleshoot industrial equipment
Classify network configurations for a DCS
Integrate Fieldbuses into a DCS

Credit Details
  • Lecture: 1
  • Lab: 1
  • MnTC Goal: 0
Course Details
  • Prerequisites: 
    Qualifying score on computer literacy assessment test OR CPLT1100 or CPLT1200 or METS1000
  • Campus: Eden Prairie

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