Control systems

4 days

This course teaches how to design and select the control system elements (actuators, sensors, electronic equipment, algorithms and software), to ensure that the control system functions optimally.

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.

Control system design

During this course you will learn, in a hands-on manner:

  • choosing the components in a control system
  • understanding the properties of open loop and closed loop
  • understanding and tuning the PID algorithm
  • understanding the control system in the frequency domain
  • how to apply advanced concepts, gain scheduling, filters, feedforward, master-slave, split-range and override control

During the course there are exercises on a test setup with PLC/Arduino and on simulation models. In addition, you can bring data from your own process and/or system to be controlled so that you can apply the above theory during the course to your own professional situation.

Intended for

The course is targeting people that wish to design a control system for any application, including motion systems, process, power systems, drones, wind turbines. It targets, among others, the following people:

  • embedded engineers
  • process engineers
  • systems engineers
  • PLC Programmers (e.g. Siemens, Allen Bradley, Bachmann, Phoenix)
  • DCS Programmers (e.g. DeltaV, Siemens, Yokogawa)

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  • The latest post-academic knowledge and skills
  • Focused on questions that arise in a technical environment
  • Interactive and directly applicable in practice
  • Top teachers from science, research and business

Frequently asked questions

  • "Een goede combinatie tussen theorie en praktijk. De mogelijkheid om "eigen" procesdata te analyseren met de PID-tuner en nieuwe instellingen te testen in de praktijk draagt bij aan het begrijpen van de theorie en het ontdekken van de mogelijkheden van een PID-tuner."
    Koen Weijers
    Nobial Industrial Chemicals BV
  • "Een goede inleiding in de regeltechniek."
    Roland Voigt
    Air Liquide Industrie BV
  • "Erg leerzaam, veel fundamentele kennis over pid."
    Nobian Industrial Chemicals BV
  • "Veel nieuwe nuttige inzichten."
    Air Liquide Industrie BV

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