Control systems

Understand control systems and how to apply them in practice

Learn how a control system works and how to apply it in practice. In this course you will learn how to design and choose control system components (actuators, sensors, electronics, PID algorithm, feedforward and software). You learn how to choose the components in such a way that the whole system functions optimally.

Control systems usually are the basis for automation. The PID algorithm is the most commonly used tool. But how do you choose the components of the control system in such a way that everything works properly? This question is not easy to answer, and if the components are chosen incorrectly, it has extremely unpleasant consequences. In practice, the automated system often appears to function below the original expectation. In the most extreme case, the automated system will not function at all. In this course you will learn how to answer this question in a systematic way.

Optimal use of control systems

During this course you will learn:

• how to deal with a regulation problem
• choosing the components in a control system
• properties of open loop and closed loop
• understanding and setting the PID algorithm
• tuning the PID algorithm

During the course there are exercises on the test system with PLC/Arduino and on simulation models.

Intended for

Programmers (PLC, DCS, embedded, etc.), engineers (process, loads, systems, R&D, etc.), operators.

Course Advanced control systems
Do you want to gain specific knowledge and learn how to use advanced control solutions, such as frequency domain tools, filters, feedforward, master-slave, split-range and override control to design, realize and optimize control systems? Take a look at the course Advanced control systems.

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  • Information
    The program can be taught in English on request.
  • Program

    Day 1 - Choosing the right measurement and control system

    During this day you learn how to approach controlling a system in a structured way. The details of the control solution are not yet discussed.

    • Definitions / concepts
    • Choosing sensors, actuators and controllers
    • The Relative Gain Array
    • Exercises in setting up a control structure

    Day 2 and 3 - Basic/ conventional control systems

    During days 2 and 3 the following topics will be discussed:

    • Definitions
    • Open loop arrangements
    • PID control
    • Setting the PID control
    • Exercises with setting PID
    • Examples from practice