ISA publishes Fourth edition of pocket guide on automation system tuning

  • May 08, 2015
  • ISA
  • News

May 8, 2015 –The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces that the newly released fourth edition of its Good Tuning: A Pocket Guide by Gregory K. McMillan has been updated to deliver more precise and optimal tuning for nearly all types of applications in the process industries.

“This new edition is significant because it’s designed to meet more diverse tuning objectives and address more difficult tuning challenges,” says McMillan, a widely acclaimed and honored automation professional and author. “Readers will learn how to choose the most applicable tuning rule and associated parameters to make the most out of today’s powerful auto tuning and adaptive control software.”

Central to the value of the new edition, McMillan says, is helping automation professionals unlock the full potential of proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controllers.

“PID controllers have an incredible number of options and parameters besides tuning settings, but much of their potential and power have remained untapped,” he explains. “A key benefit of this newly updated book is that it provides the straight-forward direction and principle-based guidance to tune most controllers to their full capability and address a very wide spectrum of applications.

“At the end of the day,” McMillan points out, “you need the means to handle the most difficult of tuning situations, deal with a window of allowable controller gains, meet different objectives, and achieve greater robustness. Understanding the interrelationships among the process, tuning, performance and PID features enables automation and process engineers to work together to improve process efficiency and capacity.”

Instrument, process control and process engineers will appreciate the guide’s concise summaries, step-by-step descriptions of field-proven tuning procedures, table of typical tuning settings, overview of common valve performance problems, logic diagrams for trouble-shooting and other useful features. 

About the author Gregory K. McMillan is the author of more than 20 books, including several ISA best sellers. A Certified Automation Professional, he is a former Senior Fellow at Solutia/Monsanto where he specialized in leveraging engineering technology to improve process control. An ISA Fellow and the recipient of the ISA Life Achievement Award, McMillan: received the ISA "Kermit Fischer Environmental" Award for pH control in 1991; received the Control Magazine "Engineer of the Year" Award for the Process Industry in 1994; was inducted into the Control "Process Automation Hall of Fame" in 2001; and was honored by InTech magazine in 2003 as one of the most influential innovators in automation. 

About ISA The International Society of Automation  is a nonprofit professional association that sets the standard for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure. Founded in 1945, ISA develops widely used global standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; hosts conferences and exhibits; and provides networking and career development programs for its 36,000 members and 350,000 customers around the world. 

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