Process Control and Advanced Control Strategies Online Certificate Course | April 4, 2016 7:00 PM - June 23, 2016 8:00 PM |

Advanced Regulatory Control and Optimization Online Certificate Program

Event Summary

April 4, 2016 - June 23, 2016
Lawrence, KS 66047
April 4, 2016 7:00 PM
June 23, 2016 8:00 PM
University of Kansas Continuing Education
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Several studies have shown that around 30 percent of industrial control loops can perform at much higher levels than they currently do. Optimizing control loops can be challenging, but it is greatly simplified with the right skills and know-how. This training course will equip you with the essential knowledge needed for optimizing the performance of your plant's controls.

This training course will teach you the essentials of process dynamics, PID controllers, and tuning. It will also provide you with the know-how for identifying poor control, skills for fixing the problems and techniques for optimizing your control loops.

Our instructor, Dr. Jacques Smuts, has dedicated his working life to improving process control through services, training and software. He is a leading authority on process control, controller tuning, and control loop performance monitoring.

By attending this training course, you can expect to:

  • Gain a solid understanding of process dynamics and their relevance to controller tuning.
  • Obtain insights into the inner workings of PID controllers.
  • Learn about different controller types, algorithms, and options—and when to use which one.
  • Discover the appropriate tuning techniques for different process types and tuning objectives.
  • Learn how to tune gap, cascade, split-range and override control strategies.
  • Develop techniques for quickly assessing the performance of control loops.
  • Establish if tuning is the real/only problem affecting a particular control loop.
  • Learn how and when to apply cascade and feedforward controls.
  • Understand the design, use and tuning of ratio and override controls.
  • Discover how to deal with nonlinear processes and control elements.

The material is rich in practical examples, and no unnecessary math is presented. It features many hands-on exercises using process simulation software to help internalize the important concepts covered during the training.


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