What Tuning Software is Available for Use With Rockwell Automation Controllers?

By Control Guru | August 8, 2014

If you’re tired of manual tuning and you want more than the auto-tune function can muster, then you’re in luck. There are a variety of software products that support the array of PLCs and PACs from Rockwell Automation. No surprise that the only solution recommended by Rockwell Automation comes from your friends at Control Station.

What is Model-Predictive Control?

By Control Guru | July 23, 2014

Model-Predictive Control (MPC) is advanced technology that optimizes the control and performance of business-critical production processes. So is Control Loop Performance Monitoring (CLPM) software. But if both help practitioners to optimize control loop performance, then what’s the difference?

What Is Cascade Control? How Is Cascade Control Configured?

By Control Guru | July 17, 2014

As they say: Timing is everything.  The lag between upset and response directly impacts a system’s performance along with the performance of other processes with which it interacts.  Fortunately, there are a variety of approaches available that leverage the PID’s capabilities.  These approaches improve a system’s ability to reject the negative impact of disturbances.  Cascade Control is among them.

What is Lambda Tuning?

By Control Guru | June 27, 2014

Tuning a PID controller should always start with a clear understanding of both the control objective and the Design Level of Operation (DLO).  Unfortunately a subsequent step (the calculation of tuning parameters) can often put practitioners in a bind relative to achieving the designated objective.