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Fixing PID, Part 2
Fixing PID, Part 2

Part 1 of this series (Control Engineering, Nov. 2012) looked at several issues that limit the performance of the theoretical PID algorithm in real-world applications of feedback control. All of these problems are exacerbated by uncertainty. Sometimes the controller lacks sufficient information about the controlled... Read More

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Distributed control systems: Four things to consider when emulating a third-party application
Distributed control systems: Four things to consider when emulating a third-party application

The modern distributed control system (DCS) is extremely powerful and highly versatile. The capabilities appear so limitless that we’re sometimes asked about the option to replicate an external... Read More

Convergence brings new benefits to the industrial controls world
Convergence brings new benefits to the industrial controls world

The "convergence" buzzword can be used to describe one of the most important ongoing trends in the world of industrial control. It is not a particular type of new technology or recently... Read More

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Building a maintenance management program for valves
Building a maintenance management program for valves

While most smart devices are field instruments, smart valve actuators have the same capabilities, and often users launch a maintenance program for valves ahead of instruments. HART Plant of the Year... Read More

All-in-one, palm-sized controller has color touchscreen
All-in-one, palm-sized controller has color touchscreen

Unitronics Samba is an all-in-one, palm-size controller. The human machine interface 3.5-in. QVGA (320x240 pixels) 16-bit touchscreen enables data entry and display of variable data, including color... Read More

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Enterprise batch records and enterprise manufacturing intelligence
Enterprise batch records and enterprise manufacturing intelligence

In past blog posts where I’ve talked about enterprise batch records, I’ve also mentioned the... Read More

Program development: How to simplify a complex system
Program development: How to simplify a complex system

"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." - Albert... Read More

Converting control systems: Take the time to improve control strategy
Converting control systems: Take the time to improve control strategy

One of the most frustrating expressions I see in scope documents is, “Convert the existing control... Read More

Operator training simulators can help meet plant-wide safety goals
Operator training simulators can help meet plant-wide safety goals

Operator training simulators (OTSs) can be a major asset to a large plant or refinery. However,... Read More

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