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206-Introduction to Designing Machine Control Systems, Part 2

By: Edwin Thompson, PE

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Course Objective

This continuing education course is written specifically for professional engineers with the objective of relating to and enhancing the practice of engineering.

Course Description

206-Introduction to Designing Machine Control Systems, Part 2

This course is the second part of a two part series, as an introduction for designing Machine Control Systems for the design Engineer. Part 1 presents overall system design techniques up to Control Cabinets design. Part 2 presents Control Cabinet design and field wiring issues.

While this presentation is not comprehensive, the goal is to provide enough background for further in-depth studies in a wide range of related topics. The reader should have at least a working understanding of electricity.

The three major goals for every control system should be safety, reliability, and the ease of troubleshooting. To meet these goals, seven basic steps (see outline below) are presented to help guide the design engineer through the design and implementation of Control Systems. The Steps for Part 1 and Part 2 are outlined below.

206-Introduction to Designing Machine Control Systems, Part 2
Marc Thomas
09/01/2018
Verified Buyer
Suggestion - Parts 1 & 2 need to be re-written. How can you ask a question that uses the wording"...most false"??? it is either false or it's not; I don't understand "most false" - Reference . . . on part has multiple answers. Answer . . . is direct contradiction to the course information. As a note, I passed both Parts 1 & 2, but the questions are unnecessarily ambiguous.
Portions of the review comments were removed because they address the correct answers to questions.
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206-Introduction to Designing Machine Control Systems, Part 2
Will Dorman
06/29/2017
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Superb concise and comprehensive course of study. And ... a great refresher course for me.
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206-Introduction to Designing Machine Control Systems, Part 2
Pete Shramko, P.E.
01/05/2017
Verified Buyer
Far too much of the course material was ambiguous on the exam. I understand the desire to not make a course "easy search" - but this went way too far in other direction. Check out prob. 19 - Serial Comms. This is a mess of a question. The material was not concise, not formatted well, intentionally confusing. I did not come away equivalently more knowledgeable than the amount of effort I spent trying to divine the instructors intent. It is unfortunate because this is such a huge and important topic for every facet of engineering.
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206-Introduction to Designing Machine Control Systems, Part 2
Mark Stoneburner
12/28/2016
Verified Buyer
I found both this course and the prerequisite course frustrating, lacking direction and order, not clearly written, not well proofed and only marginally informative.
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206-Introduction to Designing Machine Control Systems, Part 2
Rod Leback
11/18/2016
Verified Buyer
Course is well organized but needs proof reading and editing. For example, where the author says "Wire Number Rule 2: Each end of every wire should be labeled with the same number" I think what he means is "Both ends of each wire should be labeled with the same number." His discussion of sinking and sourcing was confusing.
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206-Intro to Designing Machine Control Systems, Part 2
Richard L. Kent P.E.
08/09/2016
Verified Buyer
f you have any experience with controls this is not a good course. It is a good starting point! Well written text. Needs to be more definitive in the Estop section, describing in more detail minimum system response to to Estop activation and why it is not considered a safety device. Some questions are truly ambiguous and sometimes answers do not match text. He seems to like trickery which is typical of controls specialists. Question 30 is an example: The answer should be d) as pertaining to all control Cabinet (with or without Interlocks) the power should always enter from the top. Ambiguity has no place in power entry especially dealing with apprentice electricians or general maintenance personnel.
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206-Intro to Designing Machine Control Systems, Part 2
Saurin Parikh
11/27/2015
Please review Test question #9... The correct answer ... is not included in the options.
As a result, the answer to Question #10 will also be affected.

Please update.
The customer called our attention to an ambiguity in question 9 which also affected question 10. Portions of his review were removed because they reveal the answers to test questions. These questions have been revised.
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