April 24, 2018 – Automation OEMs Address Market Demand for Regulatory Control Optimization
C ontrol Station Process Experts to be Featured During Industry Conferences and Symposia
Manchester, CT – April 24, 2018 – Control Station today announced the acceptance of several invitations to present at user conferences and symposia hosted by major automation OEMs during 2018. Planned presentations will address best-practices for tuning the control systems that provide the foundation of factory automation. Increasing demand for Control Station’s expertise on topics related to regulatory control underscores the manufacturing market’s need for process diagnostic and optimization capabilities.
Since forming partnerships with leading automation OEMs Control Station staff have been featured annually at each partner’s user conference and regional symposia. The partnerships originally sought to capitalize on the company’s suite of proprietary process modeling and PID controller tuning technologies. Products either private-labeled or referenced by these global OEMs have been recognized with numerous industry awards. Given growing demand for information related to process optimization OEMs have routinely enlisted Control Station staff to share expertise related to PID controller tuning. The company’s presentations have consistently generated disproportionate levels of attendance. At Automation Fair 2017 the company’s talk ranked second among partner-led presentations with nearly three times the average attendance.
“PID controller tuning is a critical skill for process manufacturers as the performance of regulatory control loops directly impacts a manufacture’s ability to produce both safely and efficiently,” commented Rick Bontatibus, Control Station’s Vice President of Global Sales. “The feedback from session attendees and our OEM partners alike affirms the market’s appetite for such essential information.”
PID controllers endure as the dominant technology used by manufacturers to regulate complex production processes worldwide. They provide a foundation of control on which other advanced and supervisory technologies operate. However, in spite of the PID’s expansive use and fundamental role in automating a production facility’s many interacting processes, the knowledge needed to tune PID controllers for optimal performance remains limited. Indeed, a range of manual methods for tuning PID control loops dominates the industry in spite of the potential for inconsistency and error. Poorly tuned controllers is known to contribute to plant inefficiency, reducing throughput and quality as well as increasing waste and energy consumption.
“The importance of the PID and its impact on plant performance is unquestioned,” shared Bob Rice, Control Station’s Vice President of Engineering. “What’s equally true is that simple, repeatable methods exist for first diagnosing then optimizing the PID’s performance. Our presentations highlight a proven approach and they equip attendees with the insights needed to make an immediate and positive impact back at their facilities.”
The recent spree of OEM user conferences and symposia commitments position Control Station to interact directly with the staff of leading manufacturers from across the process industries. While not a replacement for comprehensive training each presentation will share proven best-practices for both diagnosing underperforming PID controllers and tuning them for improved performance. Among several events hosted in North America during 2018 presentations by the company will be featured at each of the following:
- NovaTech Process Solutions – Technical Symposium – Denham Springs, Louisiana – May 23, 2018
- Rockwell Automation – Rockwell Automation TechED – San Diego, California – June 10-15, 2018
- Yokogawa – 2018 Yokogawa Users Conference North America – Orlando, Florida – September 10-13, 2018
About Control Station
Control Station empowers process manufacturers to increase production efficiency and throughput. The company’s software-based solutions actively monitor and optimize plant-wide control loop performance.
The company’s products are both highly innovative and award-winning. PlantESP™ is the leading CLPM solution for identifying and isolating issues that negatively affect control loop performance. Control Station’s portfolio of LOOP-PRO™ products is recognized as the process industry’s leading solution for PID controller tuning. It is the only controller tuning software that accurately models oscillatory and noisy process data.
Control Station’s solutions are licensed to leading process manufacturers worldwide and they are available direct from Control Station and through its network of distribution partners. The company is headquartered in the United States.
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