Course

Process Control

Complete course on process control: from classical to smart control solutions

Productionmachinery continually requires improvements on higher quality, efficiency, carbon foot print and energy use. In the optimalisation of existing and the design of new installations, process control is an essential ingredient. The right choice in the application of control systems is of the utmost importance.

This course gives an overview of possible process control systems. It gives you the know-how to choose and set up process control solutions to get the best out of existing systems. Thereby, use is made of software, the PID Tuner. As a participant you receive a licence for this software, so that you are able to use this in your daily practice. You also learn how you can solve common process control problems with advanced control solutions.

Starting with an overall picture, we dive into more and more detail. The hand-on parts of the course have improved: you will take part in real life simulations and will practice with control systems hardware that is used commonly in industry. As a major part of the course is dedicated tot excersises, with testing user-friendly hard- and software, you will improve your practical skills, based on the theories taught in the course.

Optimising process control systems

This course has four modules.

  1. Module 1: Choosing the right measurement and process control system presents how to design, in a strucured manner, the process control systems in a plant: define the targets for control systems, decide on key performance indicators, intervention mechanisms and actuators (the details of the control systems solutions are dealt with late in the other modules of this course)
  2. Module 2: Classical process control systems; PID-tuning gives you an overview of the standard basic control designs with a clear explanation on how to optimize the paramets of these designs. The participant will exercise with the different designs in a test setup
  3. Module 3: Advanced process control solutions presents the more advanced control solutions: we shall zoom in on each of the advanced control solution, what you can achieve with it and how to set it up.
  4. Module 4: Realisation and implementation of advanced process control systems shows how to implement the solutions from module 3 in such a way that risks on production stops and production losses are minimized. You will be introduced to, and exercise with a generic method to deal with different types of control hardware (PLC, DCS, MES etc.) In exercises you will be instructed personally by one of our teachers how to implement and adapt a process control system yourself and how to test it. This module is specially aimed at each participant of module 3, who wants to learn actually how to implement advanced control systems in their own production environment.

Intended for

Engineers who want to improve and extend their knowledge on process control systems, and who wish to learn and understand more on the practical issues in implementing these systems.

You can follow the entire series, but also opt for one or more separate modules.
For those who already have an in-depth knowledge and experience on classical control systems, you can participate directly into module 3 (and 4). If you are not (yet) interested in the more advanced control systems and want to limit yourself to basic classical control systems you can participate in module 1 and/or module 2.

Participants will receive from DotX Control Solution access to their Pid Tuner. by participating the whole course, you will receive the book ‘Process Dynamics and Control’ van Seborg, Edgar en Mellichamp .

At the request of the participants this course can be taught in Dutch or English.

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  • Modules
  • Information
    Trainer: Dhr. Dr.ir. J. Schuurmans MSc (DotX Control Solutions B.V.)
    Course data: 30 okt, 6, 13, 20 en 27 november 2019
    Price: € 2,990.00 ex. vat
    Language
    The program can be taught in English on request.
  • Program

    Module 1 (1 day) - Choosing a measurement and control structure

    • Definitions / concepts
    • Selecting controller structure (intervention and measurement only) for units
    • Choosing controller structure for complete factory
    • Tool for choice of controller structure: the Relative Gain Array
    • The control-technical solution will not yet be discussed.

     

    Module 2 (2 days) - Conventional control systems; PID tuning

    • Why set up PID optimally?
    • PID scheme
    • Setting the PID control
    • Open and closed loop
    •  Definitions / concepts
    • Examples from practice

     

    Module 3 (1 day) - Advanced control systems

    • Models for schemes
    • Filters and their application
    • Gain scheduling
    • Feedforward and self-learning feedforward
    • Decoupling
    • Override control and split-range control
    • Model predictive Arrange
    • Master-slave control
    • Model predictive Arrange


     

    Module 4 (1 day) - Realization and implementation of advanced control systems

    • Minimize risks when performing tests with adjustments to controllers "during operation"
    • Set up an action plan for the change of the scheme
    • Defining / describing the desired adjustments to a regulation
    • Performing tests and verifications
  • Reviews
    This course is assessed with a 7.6
    “Pragmatic approach. Very nice to see the usefulness and the application, and to learn.”
    Gerrit Boersma (Akzo Nobel)
    “Great added value because the course goes down to the detail.”
    Participant of module 3 and 4
    “A practical approach, clear explanation.”
    Participant of module 3 and 4
    “Interesting subjects. The experimental part was hard!”
    Participant of the whole course
    “Very interesting and useful course, good learning curve and focus on practical use.”
    “Good course. I will try to implement a PID tuner in my daily practice. ”
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