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Training Seminar: Modern Control Methods

Presented at locations around the world by ExperTune’s Training Partners.

A general process control class. This is not a class on how to use ExperTune.
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#SE-100-3, Duration: 3 days

Objectives:

Process control technology evolves rapidly. This seminar will allow you to review traditional control techniques and to explore new optimization methods. As a result, you will be able to evaluate which of the techniques will help you increase your plant's productivity.

Who Should Attend:

Anyone concerned with the performance of processes or control loops. Instrumentation technicians, and supervisors, production managers, process, electrical and project engineers. Management can also appreciate the importance of loop tuning and the new tools available to achieve objectives of today and meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Content :

Day 1 : Process control

  • Introduction
    • Control loops
    • Noise, load, disturbances
    • Control objectives
  • Process
    • Simple process method
    • Types of processes
    • Process flaws
  • Controllers
    • Proportional
    • Integral
    • Derivative
    • Filter
  • Industrial controllers
    • Structure
    • Models, effects on tuning
    • When to use derivative mode

Day 2 : Troubleshooting, diagnostics, tuning methods, how to do a loop audit

  • Tuning
    • Intuitive tuning
    • Traditional tuning methods
    • Natural frequency
    • Significance of dead time
    • Limits of traditional methods
    • Modern tools for tuning/troubleshooting
    • Autotune algorithms
  • Process problems
    • Noise
    • Disturbances
    • Hysteresis
    • Saturation
    • Process lead
  • Rule of four—3s
    • Amount of noise
    • Hysteresis
    • Process gain
    • Non-linearity
  • Analysis and Tuning Control Loops using Modern tools
    • Hysteresis check
    • Characterization, linearization
    • Cross correlation analysis
    • Power spectral density
    • Statistical analysis
    • ISO 9000 and reporting

Day 3: Advanced strategies and process optimization using software

  • Several examples from plants and process simulations
    • Simple and multiple loops
    • Improving performance
    • Troubleshooting loops
    • Tips and tricks
  • Special controllers
    • IMC and Dahlin controllers
    • Smith Predictor
    • PID, special algorithms and structures
    • Others
  • Advanced strategies
    • Cascade
    • Feedforward
    • Override
    • Selection
    • Ratio control
    • Multivariable
  • Introduction to fuzzy logic and neural networks
    • Fuzzy logic
    • Neural networks
  • Conclusion
    • Tuning methods comparison
    • Time to tune loops
    • Robustness and performance
    • Practical rules
    • Process control and economics

Book Included

Ruel, Michel. Fundamentals of Process Control.

Software used

ExperTune (latest revision)

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