SIEMENS ENGINEERING CENTER
In 2015 “Siemens” LLC became GRIAT’s partner with its representative office in the Russian Federation. KNRTU-KAI had been cooperating with “Siemens” since the Cooperation Agreement was signed in November 2015. In March, 2016 the Agreement of the SIEMENS Scholarship Awarding was signed in Magdeburg. According to it, four best GRIAT students by way of competitive selection were awarded scholarships for completing a full Master-degree course including a one-term stay in Germany. Later the Siemens Engineering Center on «Automation and Control Systems» was opened on the GRIAT basis. Such joint laboratories with enterprises created on the KNITU-KAI basis enable GRIAT Masters to solve real engineering tasks. They can apply their theoretical knowledge “on-site”, which is confirmed by the practice-oriented nature of the Institute.
The Engineering Center equipped with the cutting-edge Siemens facilities is located in educational building No.8 with a total area of 60 square meters and an additional office space of 15 sq.m.
The composition of hardware and software includes: - 10 licenses of software Simatic WinCC, 6 industrial controllers for debugging processes. This equipment is intended for development of industrial processes. The set contains:
- Logic module with Logo display and keyboard;
- Module of digital inputs / outputs;
- CPU with Profibus and Profinet interface;
- Operator panel.
Simatic WinCC is intended for: visualization of technology process; configuration and setup connection with controllers from various manufacturers; display, archiving and logging of messages from the process; display, archiving and logging of variables; empowering the system through the use of scripts in ANSI C language, VBS and VBA; designing reporting systems, etc. Constructions: client-server systems, redundant systems, empowerment through the use of ActiveX controls. It has an open OPC-interface and allows to interact with the package Simatic Step 7.
Siemens educational training laboratory «Automation and Control Systems» at KNRTU-KAI is used for educating GRIAT students and other students of several study directions «Systems Engineering and Engineering Cybernetics» and «Research in Computer and Systems Engineering»; for carrying out the instructions of Siemens research in the field of automation and analytical tasks related to information processing and WinCC system. It is planned to conduct laboratory work in the disciplines of education graduate and undergraduate programs with an average model family of programmable logic controllers (PLC) SIMATIC S7-300 with STEP 7 package:
- Industrial automation;
- Modern information and technical support for control systems in the energy sector;
- Design of digital control systems of mobile units (GRIAT);
- Computer technologies in science and industry