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What are the differences between Industry 4.0, Big Data and the IIoT?

By Control Guru | May 28, 2019

A few buzzwords seem to dominate today’s manufacturing trade press. Big Data, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and Industry 4.0 are a few of the big ideas that are currently crowding out other topics. Unfortunately, all too often these three terms are being used interchangeably and that routinely results in confusion.

What is data backfilling?

By Control Guru | April 29, 2019

Manufacturing facilities across the process industries are increasing their adoption of plant-wide monitoring and diagnostic solutions. Essentially, they’re seeking to capitalize on existing investments in data as a means of improving production efficiency and throughput. One type of diagnostic solution in particular that is seeing a significant uptick in adoption is Control Loop Performance Monitoring (CLPM) technology.

The “D” in PID Stands for: Do Not Use (Sometimes)!

By Control Guru | March 18, 2019

The Derivative Term is not only the last letter in PID (i.e. Proportional-Integral-Derivative) it’s also the most maligned of the three. With its big kick, the Proportional Term provides an immediate correction for changes in control and it is clearly the star of the PID controller. So too, the Integral Term is credited with its tenacious correction of Offset and for steadily pushing a loop back to Set Point. And then there’s Door #3: The lowly Derivative Term. Derivative works to counteract the rate of change of the process variable.

What should you consider when tuning PID controllers?

By Control Guru | January 31, 2019

Knowing how to tune a PID loop while satisfying its unique control objective is critical. Fortunately there is a group of descriptive statistics that characterizes a controller’s core performance attributes and that helps you to get the tunings right each time. Below are four (4) KPIs that process control experts frequently use when determining if their new PID tuning parameters are right for the job.