Process Control

From basic PID control to advanced control solutions

Productionmachinery continually require improvements on higher quality, efficiency, carbon foot print and energy use. Process control is an essential ingredient to achieve this. The right choice in control systems is of course of the utmost importance. This course gives the know-how to get-the best of process control system.

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 cours eis dedicated tot excersises, with testing user-friendly hard- and software, you will improve your practical skills, based on the theories taught in the course.

How to choose and implement process control systems

This course has 4 modules. You can follow the entire series, but also opt for one or more separate modules:

  1. (one day) in this module we present 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. (two days) we will give 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. (one day) we will present 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. (one day) you will learn 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.


  • You will learn based on the general theory, with case-studies and exercises, how to choose and implement process control systems.
  • You will be introduced into an extensive survey of all possible control systems.

Who can participate?

  • 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.
  • For those who already have an in-depth knowledge and experience on classical control systems, you can participate directly into module 3.
  • If you are not yet interested in the more advanced control systems and want to limit yourself to basic classical control systems you can stay with only module 1 and/or module 2.
  • At the request of the participants this course can be taught in Dutch or English.

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  • Modules
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    complate course

    Process Control € 2,990.00 ex. vat 16,23,30 januari en 6 en 13 februari 2019

    Seperate modules

    Process Control: choosing the right measurement and process control system € 695.00 ex. vat 16 januari 2019
    Process Control: Classical process control systems; PID-Tuning € 1,390.00 ex. vat 23 en 30 januari 2019
    None € 695.00 ex. vat 6 februari 2019
    Process control: implementation of advanced control systems € 695.00 ex. vat 13-02-2019
  • Information
    Trainer: Dhr. J. Schuurmans MSc (DotX Control Solutions B.V.)
    Course data: 16,23,30 januari en 6 en 13 februari 2019
    Price: € 2,990.00 ex. vat
    The program can (partially) be taught in English.
  • 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 7.5
    “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
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