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Introducing Bedrock OSA® Remote
- Intrinsically-secure PLC and RTU control
- 10 or 20 channels of universal I/O
- Free IEC 61131-3 engineering software
- -40ºC to +80ºC temperature range
- Rugged, all-metal case 5.4 in x 8.9 in x 2.3 in
School of Bedrock Opens Virtual Doors for Free Open Secure Automation Training
September 28, 2020 | Craig Allen
Bedrock Automation virtual training center was already under construction when the pandemic hit and it is now online. Jack Black wasn’t available for the opening ceremonies so Bedrock Customer Service and Technical Support Manager Craig Allen did the honors.
“As interest in Open Secure Automation grows, we have to scale up our training operations to accommodate more people, more effectively. We have streamlined our training function to the benefit of Bedrock end-users, partners and our training organization,” said Allen.
Today, users of the program are Bedrock end-users and partners seeking to fulfill the requirements for certification on Bedrock systems. Where this training had been conducted primarily in person, supplemented by disparate email, video links and PDF exchange, it is now significantly more automated.
“Trainees can now interact with all program elements through a single portal. They can work toward the certificate at their own pace. They can track their progress easily, pick up where they left off, and see the history of all their interactions. The whole process is very user-friendly and visually pleasing,” he said.
The core content is essentially what it has always been, providing a basic introduction to Open Secure Automation and deeper dives into both the hardware and software. The opening module includes a general introduction to Bedrock Automation and its Open Secure Automation offerings, including the Bedrock OSA, OSA Remote, as well as, OSA Power products. It also covers the free IEC 61131-compliant integrated application development environment (IDE) and the Bedrock Device Management Tool which can be used to update all controllers and modules to the latest firmware with a single click. It can even update multiple controllers simultaneously.
The hardware portion of the curriculum focuses on the I/O and analog and digital Fieldbus management and the software curriculum covers working with variables and data types, ladder logic, sequential function charts, structured text, functions and user-defined types, a demonstrated understanding of which is necessary for certification.
Although currently focused on training for Bedrock certification, Allen sees this eventually housing all Bedrock training courses, the next one possibly being training for partners to advance to diamond partner status. Maybe that comes in School of Bedrock 2. Stay tuned
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