Tag Archive: feedforward

Sep
02

Boot Camp for New Employees

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In 2012 Emerson Process Management established a boot camp for new employees. In the boot camp I teach the classes on process control. The presentation I use in boot camp is based on material and process examples from our book Control Loop Foundation – Batch and Continuous Processes. The students in the boot camp use …

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Sep
17

Control Loop Foundation Class – Nov 5-9

9025 Class

I worked closely with Emerson’s education department to establish the class Control Loop Foundation (9025). This 4 ½ day class is intended primarily for people who are new to the process industry and process control. Approximately 30% of the class is dedicated to workshops in which the students get hands on experience working with the …

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Jun
04

Control Loop Foundation Class

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It was my pleasure to co-teach with Darrell Dray the Control Loop Foundation class (9025) the week of May 21st, 2012. The class was held in Emerson Process Management’s Education Center located in Round Rock, TX – just outside of Austin, TX. This 4 ½ day class is based on the Control Loop Foundation book. …

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Dec
22

How to Succeed – Part 7

Given a good measurement and final control element selection, location, and installation, we move on to designing the control scheme and achieving the best loop performance. The control system should minimize process interactions and optimize process quality, efficiency, and production rate. The control loops should minimize disturbances and effectively achieve new operating points. Here is …

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Nov
04

Secondary Flow Loops Offer a Primary Advantage

A secondary flow loop offers opportunities for feedforward control, identification of valve stick-slip and backlash, online metrics, diagnostics, rejection of pressure disturbances, linearization, and modeling. However,  a secondary flow loop can be detrimental when the primary loop has a 63% response time less than 10 seconds. If the 63% response time is greater than 5 seconds, an exceptionally …

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Apr
25

Applications – Boiler Drum Level Control

Three Element Drum Level Control

The control systems commonly used in the process industry are based on the single-loop and multi-loop techniques described in Control Loop Foundation – Batch and Continuous Processes. Some combination of these techniques is often required to meet product specification and plant throughput targets. The application examples included in Chapter 16 of Control Loop Foundation are …

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Jan
24

Feedforward Control

One of the fundamental limitations of single-loop control is the fact that all control action is based on the error between the setpoint and the controlled parameter. If there is no error, then the control output will remain at its last value. To correct for process disturbance input using single-loop control, the disturbance input must …

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Nov
22

Control Loop Foundation Class

The book Control Loop Foundation originated from an internal Emerson training class that I put together for new engineers. The Education Services training center located in Austin, TX provided a class room for this training class. I found this to be an ideal training environment for teaching the class since each class room in the …

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Nov
11

Control Loop Foundation Overview

In a previous blog posting I provided some information about the book Control Loop Foundation co-authored by me and Mark Nixon This ISA publication became available for sale a week before Emerson Exchange 2010. To help promote the book, Mark and I put together an overview of Control Loop Foundation that we presented as a …

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