Industrial Maintenance moves into the cloud with PLCs-ICS-SCADA
Beginning in 2012 the Industrial Maintenance department is adding to their curriculum. Now with web-based hardware, the curriculum will grow to include ICS and SCADA information. The new curriculum uses physical hardware in the cloud combining and integrating the existing curriculum of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Robotics, touchscreens along with industrial high speed cameras and other hardware on campus.
The Program became one of the first classrooms in the TBR system allowing the integration of cloud based SCADA/ICS/PLC systems with an on ground industrial training environment and equipment.
The Industrial Maintenance class at TTC Shelbyville is one of the most technical programs in the state. Butch Arnold, instructor of the Industrial Maintenance class at the main campus has created a complex network of robotics, plcs and industrial high-speed cameras and is now combining PLCs in the cloud thus integrating SCADA and industrial control systems that will integrate with hardware on the main campus.
The hardware which is online at the main campus and in the cloud can be reached through the web, ethernet or wireless connections. The programming of these devices can be controlled by computers, iPads, iPhones, Androids or tablet computers through the local network and now from on the web.
With the cooperation of the information technology department, the industrial maintenance class now has over 30 PLCs and touchscreens networked along with industrial high speed production cameras and robots providing training stations locally and remotely for students.
"The setup of the classroom allows real world hands-on and allows access by any mobile device or computer, the PLCs, cameras and other devices can be programmed and monitored remotely." - Butch Arnold