Projects and Tools

Modernization of Industrial Control Systems

Students in our lab have the opportunity to implement modern control system elements including safety instrumented systems, distributed I/O, advanced process control, and soft sensors.

The Unit Operations laboratory at RHIT features three DeltaV distributed control systems provided through an Education Agreement with Emerson. We use them as Test, Development, and Production systems.

We now track over 400 tags, connected using a wide variety of different industrial protocols, including: HART, Wireless HART, Profibus DP, Profibus PA, Modbus TCP, EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, OPC DA, and OPC UA. drawing

We deal extensively with OPC UA programming, using Open62541 and GOPCUA.

In addition, we work with modernization of ICS security, focusing on NIST 800-82R2 and ISA/IEC 62443.

Students in our lab also get the chance to learn networking and server design. We have projects in:

Analytics and Data Science

Dark data – data which is locked away in disparate propietrary systems – has hindered informed decision making for decades. Our students learn to work with data in modern, usable formats and transform it into actionable intelligence.

Our cloud historian stack is based on:

In Process Analytics, we teach students to process this data using the Python language and Jupyter notebooks. We use NumPy, scikit-learn, and pandas for analysis. For plotting we use Plotly, Seaborn, and Matplotlib.

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Next-Gen Human Machine Interfaces