The Primary Source of Disagreement in Process Control Tips

The primary reason why there are so many and so different schools of thought about control algorithms and tuning can be traced back to one parameter in the process response. What PID tuning and what PID structure is pronounced as best and even whether PID control should be used is...

Effect of Controller Dynamics on Loop Performance Tips

Tuning has a profound effect on the practical limit to control loop performance. While the effect of execution time and filter time is often much less in comparison, these time settings can get the user into trouble depending on tuning and loop dynamics.  Here is a perspective, overview, and recommendations.

The Causes and Fixes for Fast Oscillations Tips

Fast oscillations are particularly insidious because the best thing a PID controller can do is ignore them. Action taken by PID controller can do more harm than good in terms of resonance, amplification, and perpetuation leading to increased process variability and premature valve failure.

A Unified Approach to PID Control Steps 1-5 Tips

A unified approach to PID Control has been found that enables a common and simplified method for setting PID tuning parameters. Key features can be used to eliminate the need for retuning to deal with different dynamics and objectives.

Basics of PID Control Modes Tips

The PID is by far the most prevalent controller in the process industry. Here we step back for a view of the basics of the proportional, integral, and derivative modes. These PID controller modes have distinct advantages and disadvantages and consequences if one mode dominates.

Checklist for PID Migration Tips

Older Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and analog controllers tended to have different tuning setting units and methods of implementing integral and derivative action. A lack of understanding of the difference between the old and new PID features and tuning settings can lead to poor and even unstable control when migrating...

How can we provide Mechanical and Process Engineering Regulatory Control Guidance Tips (Part 5)?

In part 5 we finish with a list of my foremost best practices. These practices build on the essential concepts given in Part 3. These practices offer simple fixes in the automation system design. Major improvements in the mechanical design are also introduced.

How can we provide Mechanical and Process Engineering Regulatory Control Guidance Tips (Part 4)?

In part 4 we start a list of best practices. The guidance is the result of decades of experience in plants by industry experts Michel Ruel and Jacques Smuts.  The practices are insightful and apply to almost every control loop. The series will conclude next week with my offering.

PID Tuning and Features Simplified to Meet Process Objectives

PID tuning and features determine process performance but the relationship is not well understood leading to a divergence of opinions and a multitude of rules. This seminar unifies major tuning rules to a simpler set that when used with key PID options can achieve a diverse spectrum of process objectives.

How can we provide Mechanical and Process Engineering Regulatory Control Guidance Tips (Part 3)?

In part 3 we start a list of the essential concepts needed to understand what is most important and what to do to help make a loop meet process objectives. The concepts are presented in the broadest possible terms to provide a perspective that can be used in a wide spectrum...