Like most process segments the Power & Utilities sector spans a wide array of businesses, ranging from vastly different approaches for electrical power generation, storage and distribution to the essential treatment of water and waste. Common elements that link these diverse sectors are their collective pursuit for improved reliability and their continued reliance on PID-based control. As the dominant regulatory control technology the PID controller provides an effective means for maintaining safe, efficient process operations. When equipped with appropriate capabilities for monitoring, analyzing and optimizing the means of production, Power & Utilities companies have been shown to gain advantages that are both significant and sustainable.
- Consistency: A key to success for any power plant is maintaining consistent steam quality. Steam variability can result an increase in heat rate and damaging effects such as water hammer. An optimized regulatory control layer can deliver consistent production performance and protect valuable infrastructure.
- Stability: While load changes are commonplace their impact can vary widely. And depending on PID settings those everyday occurrences can serve as a destabilizing force. Upsets that are not effectively controlled can negatively impact everything from plant safety and output to efficiency and emissions.
- Reliability: PWhether planned or unplanned, downtime is something every manufacturing facility strives to avoid. Maintenance windows are managed tightly to minimize downtime and to ward off the possibility of costly unplanned outages. Properly tuned controllers reduce the wear and tear that leads to downtime
Our technologies are widely deployed across the Power & Utilities sector, and our expert engineers bring years of direct experience working in this and related process industries. Our value is based on a broad understanding of critical power generation processes and on deep domain knowledge of PID-based controllers.
Most every aspect of a power facility is monitored with the notable exception of control loop performance. With its ability to proactively identify and isolate mechanical, interaction and tuning issues, PlantESP equips engineering staff with the advance warning they need to keep generation assets humming along.
PID tuning software never seemed a good fit for the power industry until now. Plants across the industry are putting an innovative technology to work that accurately tunes PIDs. LOOP-PRO is industrial-grade technology that involves six (6) simple steps. What’s more, it can handle your plants oscillatory, noisy data.
Regular tuning of PID controllers has been proven to improve plant performance, but for many in the power industry control loop tuning is little more than a ‘black art’ with no rhyme or reason to the process. We’re experts in PID control and can share a simple, repeatable method for optimizing loop performance.
Control Station is proud to support leading manufacturers from across the process industries and from the Power & Utilities sector in particular. Here are just a few of our notable customers: