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Evaluating Control Performance

A plant operator is usually responsible for managing one or more process areas, with (potentially) hundreds of control loops and process measurements in each area. The operator’s job is made easier if the control loops in these process areas are in automatic mode and can compensate automatically for disturbances and maintain the operating conditions the …

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Permitted and Actual Mode

Suppported Operator Modes

The input parameters of are function block are used by the algorithm in conjunction with the state of the function block application to determine if the algorithm can achieve the target mode of operation established for it. The target mode attribute as origianlly defined by ISA50 is the part of the mode parameter that indicates …

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Mode Structure


The PID block mode parameter as originally defined by ISA50 determines the source of the block setpoint and the source of its output. This mode parameter is structure to contain four attributes: Target – The mode of operation requested by the operator Actual – The mode of operation that may be achieved based on the …

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Mode – Bumpless Transfer

Block Calculation Sequence

As an operator changes the mode of a function block, it is important that this change not cause a sudden change in plant operation. In the ISA50 mode implementation, the status in the backward path plays an important role in providing bumpless transfer. For example, the actual mode of an analog output block will not transfer …

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Mode – The Role of Status

Propagation of Status

As the ISA50 function block team considered how to improve plant operations through a more comprehensive implementation of mode in the control system, they realized it would be important that the control blocks, such as the PID, be designed to automatically take into account up-steam and downstream conditions that impact control operation. Thus, inputs and …

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Distributed Control Systems’ Implementation of Mode


To ease operator transition from panel-based systems to monitor-based systems, the manner in which first generation Distributed Control Systems (DCS) displayed information often mimicked the way this information had earlier appeared on the control panel. Since the control interface provided by the control panel was familiar and had proven to be effective, a similar presentation …

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