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eRcane's Industrial Automation Department is equipped with a programme test and simulation unit for the Freelance system. The unit comprises sensors (potentiometers, switches, etc.) and an AC800F central unit linked to control workstations. The test bench serves to develop process automation programmes and to test them before bringing-into-service. 
The laboratory is used for training sessions for the sugar mills’ regulation systems staff. The training takes place in several stages, with a focus on practical exercises. Following a short presentation of the theory of the Freelance system, the trainees learn the basics of programming for control loops and visual monitoring. 
They are then put in charge of a project for their factory with guidance from the team members. The test and simulation unit is used to validate their programmes.