What Are the Pros and Cons of the Step Test?

Face it, more often than not tuning a PID controller is usually easier when software is applied. While not all products are created equal, the modeling capabilities within most commercial controller tuning software products can account for dynamics that are often overlooked by the human eye. Noisy and oscillatory data can thwart even the most experienced among us. So what should a practitioner do when the use of tuning software isn’t an option? The answer: Perform a step test.

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