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SCADA simulation for e-learning

A new SCADA and MIS e-learning demonstration utilises a virtual manufacturing environment to bring together a wide range of manufacturing industries and innovative methods to deliver critical skills training to staff.

The SCADA and MIS — Skills for the future e-learning demonstration, has been developed by the Engineering Employers Association Group Training Scheme (EEAGTS) and SAGE Didactic, in partnership with registered training organisation River Murray Training Pty Ltd.

The demonstration uses SAGE Didactic’s HAS200 (a highly automated mini factory) to deliver skills in automated systems used in manufacturing and processing industries, in particular SCADA (System Control and Data Acquisition) and MIS (Manufacturing Intelligence Systems).

Funded by the national training system’s e-learning strategy, the Australian Flexible Learning Framework, the demonstration takes place in a virtual manufacturing and processing company ‘No-Waste Ltd’, and provides businesses with an opportunity to up-skill existing workers and train new staff without interrupting production.

Participants manage the mini factory using production data to solve problems and improve efficiency. This simulation reflects the real-life management of a working factory.

The use of an advanced manufacturing simulation, such as SAGE Didactic’s HAS200, to deliver training in this way is believed to be a world first.

The SCADA and MIS automated systems are found across processing and manufacturing industries, including food processing, wine, automotive and water treatment, and are critical to ensuring those industries remain both globally competitive and environmentally responsible.

The demonstration involves both online and workplace assessment, aligned to production job roles at three different levels; production worker, production supervisor and production manager. Successful completion of the demonstration can contribute towards three units of competency from the Competitive Manufacturing Training Package.

Although the demonstration is specific to the production and manufacturing industry, it can be used as a guide to developing e-learning across a variety of industries.

To access the SCADA and MIS — Skills for the future e-learning demonstration, its case study, business case and other additional information visit the EEAGTS e-learning demonstration web page.

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