Industrial Process Control Course


The concepts and implementations of instrumentation and control pervade all chemical processes. In fact, they go well beyond chemical processes to manufacturing, research laboratories, anywhere measurements must be made and systems regulated. Instrumentation and control are essential to the operation of all modern processes. This course provides overall fluid process controls knowledge. All major aspects of process control are covered by classroom presentations and laboratory exercises.

The objective of this course is to equip engineers with skills which will enable them to implement control systems which will have a definite economic benefit for process operations. This practical course explains process control concepts, starting with basic feedback control and extending through such topics as ratio, cascade, feedforward, override and decoupling control. The emphasis is on how to select appropriate applications, then design and tune the techniques. Actual examples from the process industries are included


Students completing these courses receive a good grounding in process control principles and strategies, controller tuning, and loop dynamics.

Course Outline
  • Process Control Terminology and Symbols
    • Control diagrams, symbols and terminology
    • Brief mathematical review
  • Process Loop Introduction
    • Measurement Instrumentation for Flow, Level, Temp, Pressure
    • Process characteristics – steady state
    • Process characteristics – dynamic
    • Valve characteristics
    • Typical control loop characteristics
  • Feedback Control – PID
    • Development of standard PID
  • Modifications to PID
    • Features of commercial systems
  • Controller Tuning Techniques
    • Objectives and benefits of well-tuned loops
    • Tuning from open loop and closed loop tests
    • Improving “as found” tuning (“intelligent trial and error tuning”)
    • Tuning liquid level control loops
    • Self-tuning systems
  • Advanced Regulatory Control: Motivation
  • Advanced Regulatory Control
    • Ratio
    • Cascade
    • Feedforward
    • Override (selector) control
    • Decoupling
    • Model-Based Control
  • Model Predictive Control
    • Brief mathematical review
    • Overview of MPC technology and applications
Laboratory Exercise

• Process control software

Recommended Prerequisite

Some experience with process measurement and control may be helpful, but is not required. This is an introductory course

What would you get?

Certificate, USB Flash-drive containing training material, Notebook, Documentation, Lunch and refreshment

Who should attend?

This class is ideal for instrument and control system engineer, process engineer, supervisors, plant floor operators and other individuals charged with the responsibility of deploying and/or maintaining Process Control System.


5 Days

Course Agenda

Industrial Process Control

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