Category Archive: Final Control Elements


Process Control Using Wireless Sensors and Actuators


Over the last 10 years I have worked with a number of technologists from the process industry on various aspects of control using wireless field devices. Much of this work is summarized in the book Wireless Control Foundation – Continuous and Discrete Control for the Process Industry. Recently Mark Nixon (Emerson) and Willy Wojsznis (Emerson), …

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Event Based Control Applied to Wireless Throttling Valves

Flow Lab Test of Wireless Control

Willy Wojsznis, Mark Nixon and I co-author the paper Event Based Control Applied to Wireless Throttling Valves for the “1st European Experts’ Workshop On Emerging Trends In Event Based Systems”. In this paper we address the performance achieved in a flow lab using an industrial size prototype wireless throttling valve in closed loop control of …

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Control Classes – Dubai

Emerson Employees that Attended the Dubai Training Class

In late November, 2014 I traveled to Dubai to teach the Control Loop Foundation class. This class is based on the book Control Loop Foundation – Batch and Continuous Processes and is a standard class offered by Emerson’s education department. In this class the students used the book’s web site to perform the workshops that …

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Using Wireless Throttling Valves in Column Control

At Emerson Exchange 2014 I worked with Stephen Briggs, University Of Texas, Austin and Kurtis Jensen, Emerson Process Management, to co-host a workshop on control using a wireless throttling valve. As addressed in this presentation, we have tested in a flow lab the control performance that may be achieved using PIDPlus with a wireless throttling …

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IEC 61987 – List of Properties (LOP)

IEC List of Properties Standard 61987

During the TC65 Plenary meeting each working group gives an activity report that summarizes the status of standards that are being developed or updated. At the Hamburg meeting, March 31- April 4th I was a delegate to the SC65B and SC65C meeting and lead the US delegation in the SC65E meeting. The reports by Peer …

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IEC TC65 Standards Work

IEC Webstore

The international standards for industrial-process measurement, control and automation are developed through IEC TC65. As stated on the IEC web site, the standards developed by TC65 address systems and elements used for industrial-process measurement and control concerning continuous and batch processes. These standards address equipment and systems operating with electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical or other …

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TC65 Plenary Meeting

SC65E Meeting Hamburg Germany

Many of the international standards that we depend on in the process industry were created by working groups within IEC TC65: Industrial-process measurement, control and automation. IEC TC65 holds a plenary meeting every two years to review the status of work to develop or update international standards. The most recent plenary meeting was held March …

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Wireless Throttling Valve Power Consumption

Control to Minimize Changes in Target Valve Position

Something that all manufactures of wireless throttling valves must be concerned with in their design is battery power consumption. In a control application using a wireless throttling valve much of the power available to the actuator is used to track changes in target valve position. To minimize battery power consumption, the number of changes made …

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Utilizing Wireless Throttling Valves in Control

Rev_PID vs PIDPlus in Control Using Wireless Valve

Over the last five years a wide variety of WirelessHART transmitters have been introduced by the major manufacturers of field devices. The PIDPlus enables closed loop control using the slower update rate provided by a wireless transmitter. The broad acceptance of wireless transmitters has generated an interest in the application of wireless throttling valves in …

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Flow Control – Positive Displacement Pump Part 2

Positive Displacement Pump Flow Control With Throttling Valve

When using a positive displacement pump in flow control, then the minimum flow which may be achieved using a variable speed drive is limited by the motor low speed limit. It is possible to achieve a wider range of flow control by regulating flow using a fixed speed motor and a throttling valve in combination …

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