Properly tuned loops are critical to efficient, effective plant performance. However, constant changes in the plant environment mean that proportional-integral-derivative (PID) tuning cannot be a set-and-forget procedure. This poses a problem for many modern plants,...
Risk is the Card that Trumps Everything
Author: Gordon Lawther In the world of aging automation systems and infrastructures, there are always new features and capabilities that we'd like to have. HMI's [human machine interfaces] more akin to our home computers, intuitive engineering tools with pre-defined...
Industrial Energy Team Peels Reliability like Onion!
Having reliable process manufacturing operations begins with reliable components and reliable control strategies to handle changing conditions. Emerson's Jennifer Sandstrom, a senior industrial energy consultant, highlights the role of consultants in unpeeling the...
PID Advances in Process Control
At the IFAC Conference on Advances in PID Control (IFAC PID'12), Emerson's Terry Blevins presented PID Advances in Industrial Control. This conference: …aims at gathering academic and industrial experts in the field in order to present the recent research developments...
Process Automation Hall of Famer Willy Wojsznis and Advanced Control
At the recent WBF North American Conference here in Austin, Texas, Emerson's Willy Wojsznis was honored by being inducted into ControlGlobal.com's Process Automation Hall of Fame. He joins Terry Blevins and Greg McMillan from the Emerson team in receiving this honor....
Dealing with Fixed Deadtime with the Smith Predictor Algorithm
I recently exchanged some emails with Emerson's Sergei Kuznetsov, part of TAG projects organization, and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sergei is principal control systems engineer, certified professional engineer, and has an MSEE degree. He shared with me an...
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