Tag Archive: Control

Dec
15

Wireless for Control

At Emerson Exchange, 2014 I participated in technology forum panel discussion on control using wireless measurements and valves . The panelists were: Terry Blevins, Principal Technologist, Emerson Process Management Scott Broadley, President, Broadley-James Corporation Mitch Panther, Senior Design Engineer, Fisher Controls Bailee Roach, PhD Candidate, University of Texas at Austin Eric Rotvold, Distinguished Technologist, Rosemount …

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Dec
08

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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Dec
01

Wireless Model Predictive Control

Wirelss MPC Workshop

At Emerson Exchange – 2014, Orlando, FL. I worked with Bailee Roach, University Of Texas, Austin and Willy Wojsznis, Emerson Process Management to co-host a workshop of Wireless Model Predictive Control (MPC). In this workshop we addressed how wireless measurements may be used in model predictive. Information was provided on a field trail of this …

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Jun
09

Wireless Control Presentation – ACC 2014

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This last week I gave a paper presentation at the American Control Conference, Portland, OR. The topic of this paper was PID Control Using Wireless Measurements. I co-authored the paper with Mark Nixon and Willy Wojsznis. Below is a picture taken during the presentation. This paper presents a wireless PID controller, known as PIDPlus. The …

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May
05

Control Loop Foundation Reprint

Manual Tuning Integrating Process

A book goes through many reviews and edits before it can be published. Still, it is very difficult for the authors and reviewers to catch all the typo’s in the original text and those that are introduced during the type setting process (formatting for publication). ISA recently notified me that the book that Mark Nixon …

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Apr
14

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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Mar
31

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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Mar
24

Utilizing Wireless Throttling Valves in Control

PIDPlus 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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Mar
17

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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Mar
10

Flow Control – Positive Displacement Pump Part 1

Positive Displacement Pump Curve

Positive displacement pumps may be used when it is necessary address flow requirements of 2GPM or less. The pump design ( e.g. vane, gear, peristaltic) selected for a particular application should be based on properties of the liquid and the expected operating condition. One characteristic of a positive displacement pump is that when it is …

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