Key Knowledge for those Working in Modern Industrial Facilities


If your job involves work within, or you are considering a career related to, modern industrial facilities, the odds are that you have come across the term Instrument Control Loop. This term defines a common and important aspect of modern industrial facilities. For evidence of just how important knowledge of it is, drop the term [...]

Key Knowledge for those Working in Modern Industrial Facilities2014-11-04T09:06:25-05:00

The Basics of PLC Operation


The operation of a PLC is very simple. The processor makes decisions based on a ladder logic program written by the user. In order to use the program properly, the PLC must communicate with the various field devices it is tasked with monitoring and controlling. It then compares the actual conditions of the field devices [...]

The Basics of PLC Operation2014-09-09T12:52:51-04:00

Control and Anticipate Changes


A PID controller combines the proportional response to a change while eliminating the offset error.  It anticipates changes by measuring the initial rate of change for accurate control. Setting up a PID controller or tuning to a process loop is a little more involved than simpler controllers. Proportional plus reset plus rate controllers combine proportional [...]

Control and Anticipate Changes2014-09-09T14:04:45-04:00

Proportional Control Basics


There is a high demand for qualified Automatic Control Systems Engineers in industry.  Say that there is no automatic control, then there will be no heating or air-conditioning in the way that we have become used to; whereas certain temperature and humidity levels are maintained. Refrigerators and stoves would not be able to regulate their [...]

Proportional Control Basics2014-09-09T14:08:27-04:00

Control Systems Are All Around Us


Control systems are all around us. When we drive a car, take milk out of the refrigerator, or turn on the heat, we are using automatic control systems. Technicians who can troubleshoot and repair these systems are in high demand. Principles of Control Systems Control systems integrate elements whose function is to maintain a process [...]

Control Systems Are All Around Us2014-09-10T11:58:55-04:00

The Basics of Process Control Diagrams


Process Control Technicians are in high demand in industry.  As automation continues to advance our capabilities, it also increases the difficulty of maintaining the system.  Understanding the complex systems in […]

The Basics of Process Control Diagrams2014-09-10T12:08:03-04:00

Process Control Fundamentals


Process Control In almost all industrial process applications, control of process variables is critical to the safe and efficient operation of the process. The most common variables controlled are pressure, level, temperature, and flow. Even though there are many different methods used to control these processes, this monitoring and control is generically called process control. [...]

Process Control Fundamentals2014-09-10T14:20:24-04:00
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