Technical Familiarisation 

Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams  

In this course we will take a detailed look at P&IDs, and show you how to read and understand the major parts. We will explore the actual process equipment and illustrate how specific parts are represented on the diagrams.
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Course Description 

A Piping and Instrumentation Diagram, known as a P&ID, shows how process equipment is connected and by the use of symbols, represents flow directions, safety and control systems, pressure ratings and other key piping and instrument details of a system.

 An understanding of P&IDs is essential when carrying out plant and process operations, such as tracing faults, isolating equipment and locating items for maintenance. In this module we will take a detailed look at P&IDs, and show you how to read and understand the major parts. We will explore the actual process equipment and illustrate how specific parts are represented on the diagrams.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Define some of the products produced by the distillation process 
  • Recognise the importance of the energy required to feed and run a distillation unit
  • Relate to the principles of boiling points and vapour pressure 
  • Explain the basic function of a distillation unit
  • Explain the purpose of the components that may be found in distillation columns 
  • Identify some of the equipment contained in a distillation unit