Posts Tagged ‘PV’
How Do I Detect Valve Issues and Prevent Failures?
It’s generally known that the behavior of final control elements (FCEs) (valves, air handlers, etc.) change over time. Like most things the dynamics of FCEs are different from the time they’re first installed to the time they’re serviced and ultimately replaced. Sometimes the change in dynamic behavior is subtle. Other times the change is dramatic. Unfortunately that’s the nature of things, and that’s the primary reason why monitoring for valve issues is beneficial.Read More
What is the Process Time Constant? How Do I Calculate the Time Constant of A Process?
Party hosts often cringe when guests arrive early or late. Seemingly subtle shifts in timing can throw off planned details that are of importance to the host and utterly lost on guests. So too the timing of a PID control loop’s response is important. Premature or delayed responses negatively impact the controller’s performance. Previously the calculation of Process Gain – the “how far” variable – was covered. The Process Time Constant is equally important to process modeling and PID controller tuning. As with most things, timing is everything.Read More
How Do I Calculate Gain? What Is the Difference Between Process Gain and Controller Gain?
Among practitioners who tune PID control loops manually most note their focus on calculating the Gain. Process Gain is a model parameter whereas Controller Gain is a tuning parameter. The former describes important aspects of a given process’ dynamic behavior. The later contributes to the PID controller’s responsiveness to disturbances.Read More
How Do I Tune a Level Controller?
Level controllers present challenges that are different from others. Although their presence is significant they lag behind Flow controllers in their overall share of the typical production facility’s process control landscape. Unlike other processes such as Temperature, Pressure and Flow, Level control loops demonstrate different dynamics, they don’t play by the same rules as the non-integrating (also known as self-regulating) types. And although best-practices for modeling and tuning Level loops are similar they involve nuances that can hamper a less experienced practitioner.Read More
How Do I Perform an Effective Bump Test?
Bumping a process is a standard requirement when tuning a PID controller – whether you tune manually or with the help of software. And, either way, applying industry best-practices will save you significant time and money.Read More