EMC Awareness for Industrial Automation


The use of switching devices such as variable speed drives make the likelihood of sporadic production outages due to the effects of interference and pickup more likely. This one-day course aims to raise awareness of the issues, the theory behind them and how to ensure that the design and installation of Industrial Automation systems can reduce the likelihood of Electro-Magnetic Compatibility (EMC) related issues in the future.

This course is aimed at people with a conventional low frequency electrical background who are involved in the design, installation, commissioning and support of the following aspects of industrial automation systems.

Topics Covered:

  • Fundamentals
  • EMC and relevant standards
  • Low voltage distribution systems
  • Equipotential bonding techniques
  • EMC Testing equipment
  • Cable segregation and shielding
  • Panel considerations
  • Variable speed drives

Class Day Information:

  • Attendees must bring a laptop or tablet which can read a USB drive.
  • Attendees will receive a support USB drive with an electronic version of the materials plus key PI documents.
  • Attendees will receive a certificate of participation
  • Class size is limited to a maximum of 10 people

Course duration:

This course requires 7.5 hours of instruction which includes two 15 minute breaks and one 30 minute lunch break.

Cost and Registration:

This course is $1,295 CDN per person. For pricing in other currencies please contact us.

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This course can be delivered in person, on-site, or online.

Click here to download the detailed course description.

To register for this course or for other inquiries please email us atadmin@jcomautomation.ca

James Powell, P.Eng.


James Powell, P.Eng., is the principal engineer and owner of JCOM Automation Inc. He has written many articles and two books: HART Communication Protocol – a practical guide, and Catching the process fieldbus – An introduction to PROFIBUS and PROFINET. James is a certified PROFIBUS DP, PA, and PROFINET network engineer, PROFIBUS System Design Engineer and has over 20 years of experience with PROFIBUS, PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, Modbus, and HART installations. James started learning about EMC issues over 15 years ago and continuously increases his knowledge and field experience.   

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