TRAINING

What is the training about?

Note: during to the Corona crises, our training courses can also be provided on-line. However, if possible, we recommend to combine an on-site training course with 1 day hands-on assistance in tuning one or more loops.

Modern (and old) machines continually need to be 'in good shape' to operate as designed. Control system play an essential role in this. In this course, you learn how to design control systems, and tune PID loops. Whenever possible, we combine the training with hands-on tuning of PID loops in your own work environment, wherever you are (except for war zones and countries forbidden to do business with, by EU and/or US law). In addition, our training courses come with an eternal license for the PID Tuner software.

This training teaches you the how to choose and set up a control system and tune it. Thereby, use is made of software, the PID Tuner. As a participant you receive an eternal licence for this software, so that you are able to use this in your daily practice.

Starting with an overall picture, we dive into more and more detail. You practice with actual cases.

Our course modules

This course has two modules. We recommend to take both and combine them with one day hands-on assistance in tuning PID loops in your work environment, or for your system. However, you are free to choose which module(s) you want to take out. Each module takes aproximately 4 hours in total, and is scheduled, normally for one day. So, for instance, module I is on Monday, and module 2 on Tuesday.
  • Module 1: Classical control gives you a training how the PID controller works, what its parameters mean and how you should tune them. The participants will do exercises, that may be one of their own PID loops.
  • Module 2: Advanced Control teaches advanced control solutions, like feed forward, override control, master-slave, and split range. You learn how to tune these.

Module 1: Classical control (4 hours approx.)

In Module 1 the participants will learn how to tune a PID controller, and how to deal with issues you will encounter in practice which they don’t teach you in the text books. The participants will learn to identify badly tuned loops, and make sure they are properly tuned.

If you choose for the in-house training, all examples can/will be based on loops you have in your own factory. Together with the participants we show how to apply the learned contents in practice.

Course Contents

  1. Why tune a PID Controller optimally?
  2. The PID Controller Scheme
  3. Tuning of the PID Controller
  4. Exercises and examples from practice

Learning Objectives

  1. You will learn, with case-studies and excercies, how to tune PID loops
  2. You will learn to identify badly tuned loops, tune them properly, and learn how to report the results to management.

Module 2: Advanced Control (4 hours approx.)

In Module 2 the participants will learn how to use more advanced control options, like feed forward, override control, master-slave, and split range. You learn how to tune these.

Course Contents

  1. Why tune a PID Controller optimally?
  2. Models and their use in control design
  3. Filters and their application
  4. Gain Scheduling
  5. Feedforward and self-learning feedforward
  6. Decoupling
  7. Override and Split-Range
  8. Master-Slave Control

Learning Objectives

  1. You will learn to select the right Advanced Control solution, depending on the issue
  2. You will learn how to combine the Advanced Control solution with the PID controller, and how to tune it.

Intended for

Automation Engineers or Process Technologists who want to improve and extend their knowledge on control systems, and who wish to learn and understand more on how to improve control. Usually, the training is combined with tuning of at least one PID loop, so that gives the trainee the opportunity for a hands-on experience: resolve the problem and get trained at the same time.

Participants will receive from DotX Control Solution an eternal license for the DotX PID Tuner software, so that they can use the tool in future. In addition, you willl receive a booklet in the form of a pdf document for background reading.

Information

Course Teacher: Dr. J. Schuurmans or J. Kalsbeek (DotX Control Solutions B.V.)
Location:On-line (during Corona crisis)
Language:English
When:On-demand (when you want to)

Prices

The prices for our courses are shown below.

Base Training

Module 1

€575,00

Classical Control

This package includes:
  • Training: As described above
  • PID Tuner: Eternal license
  • Assistance: with tuning at least one PID loop of your system/plant

Module 2

€575,00

Advanced Control

This package includes:
  • Training: As described above
  • PID Tuner: Eternal license
  • Assistance: with tuning at least one PID loop in your system/plant