Whether you need tested techniques or application mastery, we’ve got you covered!

Too often a theory-based course is little more than an inflated sales pitch, and a software course is routinely limited to basic application features.  In both cases, the training falls short of its intended purpose and fails to justify the investment of time and money.  That’s not right.

Control Station’s courses consistently receive top ratings for both content and delivery.  Our theory-based courses complement each participant’s preferred tuning approach – whether manual or software enabled – while leveraging our simulation tools to enhance the learning experience.  Our application-based courses empower participants to maximize the value of their investment in our plant-wide monitoring and control loop optimization technologies.

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Application-Based Courses

Production staff look to software technologies to make sense out of their production facility’s complexity.  Courses that focus narrowly on application administration and high-level functions miss those needs.  Our multi-day, interactive workshops provide the insights that trainees expect and prepare them to solve complex process control challenges.

PlantESP and LOOP-PRO are award-winning technologies widely noted for their ease-of-use.  These software tools include powerful capabilities that can enhance the performance of your facility’s PID control systems.  Our series of application-based workshops help users to maximize the return on those software investments.

Essentials of PlantESP

A best-practices workshop targeting the needs of both application administrators and end-users. Content includes procedures for configuring the PlantESP Loop Performance Monitoring application and for adjusting settings for control loops and their respective metrics. Participants build and configure PlantESP as well as use its diagnostic capabilities to uncover control issues and isolate the associated root-cause.

Fundamentals of LOOP-PRO

An interactive workshop that covers topics ranging from the basics of installation and configuration thru the application of advanced features for improving PID controller performance.  An overview of process dynamics and basics of PID are included to assure effective application of LOOP-PRO.  Participants gain hands-on experience with the software through a variety of workshop exercises.

This course is intended for anyone who has obtained or has interest in obtaining a license to LOOP-PRO. These individuals, covering mainly administrators, engineers and technicians, are responsible for overseeing tuning and maintenance of their plant’s PID control loops.

All versions of CS LOOP-PRO software are covered during the course, but Dr. Bob Rice focuses on the application, techniques, and advanced features within LOOP-PRO Tuner. Students are guaranteed to gain hands-on experience with their software through a variety of workshop exercises with procedures guided by instructor-led lectures and software demonstrations.

  • Introduction to Process Dynamics and Control
  • Introduction to the PID Controller
  • Software Overview
  • Basics of LOOP-PRO TUNER
  • Non-Steady-State (NSS) Modeling Innovation
  • Software Configuration of Standard and Non-Standard Controllers
  • Software Administration & Updates
  • Advanced Process Control using LOOP-PRO TUNER
  • Control Loop Performance  Analysis
  • Customer Specific Data Tuning Session
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Theory-Based Courses

Control theory is complex, so our approach to theory-based training is simple: Focus on the application of techniques rather than on the derivation of formulas.  Each of our Practical Process Control courses details proven industry best-practices for optimizing control.  Our single and multiple day workshops are ideally suited for individuals who operate and maintain a production facility’s core process control infrastructure.

Our theory-based workshops are highly interactive.  They provide a strong foundation for identifying, diagnosing, and optimizing your facility’s under-performing PID controllers.

Our portfolio of theory-based workshops provide the essentials for understanding process dynamics and for improving your production facility’s process control.  Regardless of your existing control infrastructure – PLC or DCS – our Practical Process Control workshops enable you to tune PID controllers with confidence and consistency.

Fundamentals of Instrumentation and Process Control

This workshop – Fundamentals of Instrumentation and Process Control – is a two-day, hands-on workshop ideally suited for individuals who operate and maintain their plant’s core process control infrastructure.

An interactive workshop that covers topics specifically related to the physical layer of a production facility’s control environment.  It clarifies the critical relationship between instrumentation and Proportional, Integral, and Derivative (PID) control systems.  The workshop targets the needs of Plant Operators and Technicians

As with all Control Station workshops, we focus on practical knowledge and proven techniques. Our workshops provide participants with the understanding needed to accurately evaluate instrumentation-related issues, assess the impact of instrumentation on existing PID control systems, and improve control over your plant’s business-critical processes. The two-day curriculum covers the following:

Day One

An introduction to process dynamics and explores the impact of instrumentation on control. Participants review the objectives of and issues associated with instrumentation. Equipped with a better understanding of a plant’s physical control environment, participants learn how effective instrumentation practices can help to achieve optimal plant performance.  Topics include:

  • Basic Process Control
  • Process Dynamics
  • Signals and Aliasing
  • Measuring Temperature and Pressure
  • Measuring Level and Flow
  • Pumps and Valves

Day Two

A rapid review of Process Dynamics before exploring the full capabilities of the PID controller. Participants will learn techniques for evaluating underperforming PID controllers. Equipped with a systematic approach for analysis and communication, participants will possess the core capabilities needed to effectively control common control structures. Topics include:

  • Proportional Control
  • Integral Action and PI Control
  • Formal Approach to Controller Design
  • Derivative Mode and PID Control
  • PID Control with Derivative Filter

Techniques of Applied Process Control

This workshop – Techniques for Applied Process Control – is a two-day, hands-on workshop ideally suited for individuals who maintain their plant’s critical process control investments.

This workshop provides a thorough understanding of process dynamics and showcases both concepts and techniques associated with maintaining a production facility’s PID control systems.  It engages participants with hands-on application of a systematic approach for diagnosing and optimizing under-performing control loops.  The workshop is designed for Technicians and Process Engineers.

As with all Control Station workshops, we focus on practical knowledge and proven techniques. Our workshops provide participants with the intuition needed to analyze process dynamics and to improve overall process performance.

Day One

A foundation is provided for investigating advanced control capabilities. Equipped with a systematic approach for analysis, participants then explore the full capabilities of the PID controller and gain an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of common control structures. Topics include:

  • Fundamentals of Process Dynamics
  • Proportional Control
  • Integral Action and PI Control
  • Formal Approach to Controller Design
  • Derivative Mode and PID Control
  • PID Control with Derivative Filter

Day Two

A rapid review of the prior day’s curriculum before tackling advanced approaches to the control of dynamic process behavior.  Participants learn techniques for evaluating advanced control architectures and for determining optimal control strategies. Topics include:

  • Systematic Approach to Real-World Processes
  • Cascade Control
  • Feed Forward Control
  • Dynamics of Non Self-Regulating (Integrating) Processes

Advanced Process Control

Control Station’s training services are designed for practitioners. This workshop – Advanced Process Control – is the third-day complement to the Techniques for Applied Process Control workshop. It is best suited for individuals who are responsible for evaluating, implementing and maintaining advanced control infrastructure.

A one-day extension to Techniques for Applied Process Control.  The workshop explores use of Model-Predictive Control (MPC) methods for enhancing plant performance.  A range of topics including Dead-Time Compensators and Dynamic Matrix Control (DMC) are covered.  The workshop is best suited for Process Engineers.

As with all Control Station workshops, we focus on practical knowledge and proven techniques. Our workshops provide participants with the understanding needed to accurately evaluate advanced model predictive control architectures.

Day Three

Follows the successful completion of Techniques for Applied Process Control. The workshop introduces advanced model-predictive control concepts.  Participants rapidly review core principles of process control before examining alternative control architectures that address Multi-Variable Control, Relative Gain, and Dead-Time.  Topics include:

  • Adaptive Control
  • Controller Interaction and Decoupling
  • Multi-Variable Processes
  • Processes with Large Dead-Time
  • Model Predictive Control and Dynamic Matrix Control

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