Two day workshop on  “Industrial Automation”

Speakers : 

Mr. Anand RC, Head – System technologies, ZIV Automation India & IEEE PES Bangalore chapter 2019 Execom member.

Mrs. R Jeyanthi, Assistant Professor, ECE Department of Amrita School of Engineering, Bengaluru

Dr.K.Deepa, Senior IEEE member, Assistant Professor, EEE Department and IEEE PES & IAS Jt SBC Advisor, Amrita School of Engineering, Bengaluru

IEEE-PES & IAS joint student branch chapter [PE31/IA34-SBC63931] of Amrita School of Engineering (ASE), Bengaluru (BLR) conducted a Two-day workshop on “Industrial Automation” in Amrita School of Engineering, Bangalore on the 02nd of February, 2019 and 9th of March 2019 from 8.30am to 4.30pm. The workshop focused on familiarizing the students on the automation of a substation and the concepts associated with PLC & SCADA.  

Mr. Anand RC, the speaker on 2nd February 2019 is an engineer from Bangalore University, started his carrier during early 1990 working for Canon on the first generation of computer networking which is developed today to what we know as LAN / WAN’s. He held leadership assignments in his career with companies like Easun Royrolle, Qualitrol & General Electric (GE) looking after product management, application, vertical head, commissioning & emerging technology. Now he works for ZIV Automation India, a subsidiary of ZIV Spain (which was till last year called Crompton Greaves) as Head – System technologies with responsibilities of Application, Configuration, Testing as well as R&D.  He has good exposure to the testing of end-to-end electrical equipment at all three levels, i.e R&D, manufacturing and maintenance levels as well as online condition monitoring system. He is now a CIGRE member & IEEE PES Bangalore chapter 2019 Execom member. He is actively contributing to substation automation SCADA manual of CBIP which is considered as industries bible. 

Mr. Anand initiated the workshop with a basic single line diagram to convey his ideas on the distinct disturbances observed in a power system. He further expounded the protection systems by shedding light on the protection equipment such as relays and circuit breakers like Miniature Circuit Breakers, Earth Leakage Circuit Breakers, Heating Drum Circuit Breakers, Air Regulated Breakers, etc. He then elaborated the main protection requirements of a substation some of which are reliability, selectivity, speed, sensitivity, and others. 

Post lunch, he explicated the operation of the 52-trip breaker and the theory of automation. In conclusion, he enlightened the crowd on SCADA architecture, the protocols and standards for the real-time grid management.

On 9th March 2019, First session was handled by Mrs. R Jeyanthi, Assistant Professor, ECE Department of Amrita School of Engineering; She elucidated the operation of a PLC, its internal structure and its applications in the industrial domain. The second session on PLC and programming techniques in PLC was handled by Dr.K.Deepa, Senior IEEE member and IEEE PES & IAS Jt SBC Advisor, Amrita School of Engineering. Post lunch session had a hands-on in PLC where students were familiarized on the real-time applications of PLC in the laboratory. 

The two-day workshop culminated on a high note with the students realizing the importance of the automation of a substation and programming in PLC. This workshop was attended by 15 IEEE students and 10 non-IEEE students.