Top 5 Control Engineering content: September 4-10 2023

The top 5 articles from the past week include PID tuning, predictive control and PLC programming.

By David Miller September 11, 2023

Control Engineering’s top 5 pieces of content over the past week covered PID tuning, predictive control and PLC programming.

1. Beyond PID: 6 advanced strategies to add value to modern process control

While PID control is a good choice for most process control applications, sometimes the application is too challenging or complicated. When that’s the case, six strategies can simplify the process.

2. Are you applying a PID control to non-linear processes correctly?

How to automate: Using a valve characterizer example, learn how proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control can reach outside of usual linear processes to effectively handle real-world, non-linear applications.

3. How can PID methods protect compressors from surge and choke?

Application: Advanced controls avoid hazardous surges to centrifugal and axial compressors. Processes described make it easier to find optimal PID settings using standard tuning routines that can be the basis for autotuning and makes it easier to implement adaptive control. See diagrams, equations.

4. 7 ways model predictive control benefits your food and beverage operation

Model predictive control offers food and beverage operations a variety of gains in efficiency, safety and waste reduction.

5. PLC programming language fundamentals for improved operations, maintenance

Programmable logic controller (PLC) programming languages help keep manufacturing operations running smoothly. Learn about the five types of PLC programming languages and how they’re used.