PID, APC

Symphony AzimaAI Performance 360, shown here in a dry mixing application, also was applied to optimize operation of a mining grinding. SAAI’s AI-driven digital twin models offer dynamic process optimization that can predict process uncertainties and recommend optimized control strategies to increase throughput and reduce the chance of failures. It received 2021 Engineers’ Choice recognition in the Grand Award category, winning most overall votes of among all product finalists for 2021. Courtesy: Symphony AzimaAI.
AI and Machine Learning February 10, 2021

Artificial intelligence applied to mill optimization

Variability controlled with artificial intelligence (AI) software. A digital twin-based AI optimizer was deployed to run alongside advanced process controllers (APCs). Results include a 1% increase in mill production throughput with annual topline impact of $3-4 million for the mine. See 4 objectives for recurrent neural networks and self-adaptive tuning.

By Dominic Gallello
Courtesy: Industrial Internet Consortium
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 5, 2021

IoT-enabled process validation system for COVID-19 vaccine rollout

An Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-enabled global process validation system with advanced process control (APC) capabilities can accelerate manufacturing efficiency, production capacity and reduce production cycle time for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

By Ramya Mopidevi
Courtesy: Tesco Controls
PLCs, PACs December 12, 2020

Migrating legacy PLC programs to modern PLC hardware

Zero downtime is a requirement for many water/wastewater processes, often necessitating upgrading legacy automation by migrating existing code

By Raju Nair
Courtesy: Opto 22
Embedded Systems, Edge Computing December 3, 2020

AMP upgrades to edge controllers

Largest U.S. rotary heat-treating facility modernizes controls and automation with tight database integration.

By Josh Eastburn
Courtesy: Quantum Automation
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 1, 2020

Control Engineering hot topics, November 2020

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in November 2020 included stories about SCADA, HMI and MES projects, VFD parameter changes, advanced process control, how integrators can help with IIoT applications, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
AI and Machine Learning November 9, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering Articles Nov. 2-8, 2020

Articles about changes for advanced process control, how augmented and virtual reality can reduce manufacturing skills gap, SCADA, HMI and MES projects, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Nov. 2-8, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Courtesy: APC Performance LLC
Process Manufacturing October 31, 2020

Changes in store for advanced process control

In advanced process control (APC), closed-loop multivariable control brings the inherent benefits of greater timeliness and consistency, fewer alarms and constraint violations and more effective process optimization. Multivariable control is core to most process operations. See “What is ‘real-time’ optimization?”

By Allan Kern
Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Robotics October 1, 2020

Control Engineering hot topics, September 2020

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in September 2020 included stories about the younger workforce leading manufacturing, programmable logic controllers, multivariable controls, wastewater treatment, robotics and COVID-19, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Courtesy: Yokogawa
AI and Machine Learning September 28, 2020

Artificial intelligence identifies process abnormality causes

When other methods fail, AI is a critical finding and solving tool

By Dr. Hiroaki Kanokogi
Courtesy: APC Performance LLC
Automation, Controls August 28, 2020

Feedforward: Not as popular as expected, again

Feedforward and feedback: Multivariable control, like single-loop control, can be accomplished primarily with feedback control and selective (not wholesale) use of feedforward.

By Allan Kern