Process and Data Automation (PDA) has created a systems-based training facility within our Merwin Lane facility located at PSU's Behrend Campus Knowledge Park.
The primary goal of this environment is to expand the traditional “lab” from being an isolated, classroom only exercise to a more comprehensive atmosphere similar to that of a production facility. This concept will provide a location where anyone desiring to learn more about automated systems, and how controller interact with field equipment, can do so without risk to operational processes or an entity’s production.
The lab setting will provide several comprehensive, multi-disciplined, and interactive models of complete control systems, thus allowing the trainee to experience the necessary interactions of each facet of a control system from external stimulus through logical controls to real world outputs. This methodology will allow the trainee to experience the cascaded effect of a change (mechanical, process, or electrical) upon the entire control system.