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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Discuss and apply industrial networks in a mechatronics 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
377007  Discuss and apply industrial networks in a mechatronics 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  NQF Level 05 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Learners credited with this standard will acquire competencies in this critical aspect of mechatronics. They will understand the concept and the importance of industrial networks in a mechatronics context. They will also understand a variety of industrial network systems and be able to set-up and integrate these systems. Competencies pertaining to the critical aspect of industrial network safety will also be understood and applied.

Learners credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Discuss the concept of industrial networks.
  • Explain and apply a human-machine interface (HMI) system.
  • Discuss safety of industrial networks. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Industrial networks can apply to a variety of contexts beyond the industrial. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Discuss the concept of industrial networks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Industrial networks are discussed in terms of their historical development. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Industrial networks are discussed in terms of the principles and standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The different network layers are discussed in terms of their relationships. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Layers include but are not limited to master and slave.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The ways in which data packets are transmitted and received are discussed in terms of their fundamentals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The various types of industrial networks are discussed in terms of their working principles, main characteristics and specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Networks include but not limited to Ethernet, Devicenet, Ethercat, Controlnet, Modbus, Profibus DP, Profinet, Industrial Ethernet, Ethernet I/P, CompoNet, Compobus/S, CAN bus.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Industrial networks are discussed in terms of their protocols and the operational system interface (OSI) model. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Networks are set-up and data exchange is performed as per procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    An industrial network is integrated with Input/Output (I/O), Variable Speed Drive (VSD) and another Programmable Logic Controller (PLC). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Industrial networks belonging to different proprietors are discussed in terms of communication compatibility. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    The manner in which a servo motor is integrated into an industrial network system is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    Pulse, analogy, forms of control are discussed in terms of their differences. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Forms of control include but are not limited to speed and torque.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain and apply a HMI system. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    HMI system includes but is not limited to Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Distributed Control System (DCS). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    HMI systems are discussed in terms of their history, philosophy, benefits and uses. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Hardware and software solutions pertaining to industrial networks are explained to ensure continuous reliability and operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Communication infrastructure and methods of HMI systems are discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    HMI architecture and issues relating to security are described to maintain the integrity of the system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A HMI is designed and implemented to meet manufacturing requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Discuss safety of industrial networks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Safety aspects that require attention are discussed in order to maintain the integrity of the industrial network. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Safety aspects include voltages, currents, humidity.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Manufacturer's specifications are discussed and adhered to in order to prevent malfunction and damage. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Manufacturer's specifications include but are not limited to length of cable for specified connectors.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of legislation and regulation pertaining to industrial networks in a mechatronics environment is discussed and applied to ensure compliance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The South African Code of Practice as set by practitioners is discussed and applied. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Principles and standards pertaining to networks.
  • Network layers.
  • Working principles, main characteristics and specifications of types of industrial networks.
  • Protocols and the operational system interface (OSI) model.
  • HMI system (SCADA, MES, DCS).
  • Communication infrastructure and methods of HMI systems.
  • Safety aspects (voltages, currents, humidity).
  • Manufacturer's specifications.
  • Legislation, regulation and South African Code of Practice. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Differentiating between the various types of industrial networks. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, community to:
  • Apply a HMI system. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsively and effectively when:
  • Setting-up networks and performing data exchange.
  • Integrating an industrial network.
  • Designing and implementing a HMI. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to:
  • Differentiate between the various types of industrial networks. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation to:
  • Set-up and integrate networks. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others by:
  • Adhering to manufacturer's specifications. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that the problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when integrating an industrial network system. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  79627   National Certificate: Mechatronics  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  MERSETA 


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