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. You can bring data from your own process so that you can practice with it during the course. This way you can directly apply your new knowledge to your owm professional situation.

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
    Trainer: Dhr. J. Schuurmans PhD (DotX Control Solutions B.V.)
    Course data: 10, 17, 24, 31 october 2022
    Day format: 9:00-17:00
    Location: Delft
    Price: € 2,400.00 ex. vat
    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

  • Reviews
    This course is assessed with a 9.0
    “A good introduction on control technology.”
    Roland Voigt (Air Liquide Industrie BV)
    “A good combination of theory and practice. The ability to analyze your "own" process data with the PID tuner and test new settings in practice contributes to understanding the theory and discovering the possibilities of a PID tuner.”
    Koen Weijers (Nobial Industrial Chemicals BV)
    “Many new useful insights.”
    participant of Air Liquide Industrie BV
    “Very informative and useful, lots of fundamental knowledge about pid.”
    participant of Nobian Industrial Chemicals BV