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PID Controller Auto-Tuning Based On Process Step Response and Damping Optimum Criterion

Abstract: This paper presents a novel method of PID controller tuning suitable for higher-order aperiodic processes and aimed at step response-based auto-tuning applications. The PID controller tuning is based on the identification of so-called n-th order lag (PTn) process model and application of damping optimum criterion, thus facilitating straightforward algebraic rules for the adjustment of both […]

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Project Management Is More Than a Disruption: It Is Real Work

Modern control systems are sophisticated assemblies with varied state-of-the-art technologies. Implementing these systems requires a team of technically gifted technicians and engineers who welcome the challenge of taking the often disparate pieces of a complex system and merging them into an integrated control system. Although these teams can resolve high-tech matters, they do not always […]

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Bolster Security for Your Legacy OPC Server

If you currently have an OPC server, you can quickly and easily overcome its security shortcomings and difficulties by wrapping it with OPC .NET, which combines Microsoft .NET security with access control features. It provides a simple method to secure access to legacy OPC servers. OPC .NET, originally called OPC Xi, is a Microsoft .NET […]

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The Future of Calibration is Integration

The need for calibration from the viewpoint of the reliability, repeatability, and accuracy of a measurement has been around for thousands of years, with various requirements and “controlling” systems. In today’s calibration environment, there are basically two types of “official” requirements for calibration: International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards and regulatory requirements. The greatest difference […]

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Career Choices on the Road to Becoming an Automation Professional

The road to becoming an automation professional often starts as a career choice and then becomes a lifelong profession. Automation professionals are important contributors to the economy and society. They are known for their specialized knowledge. Starting with degrees and certifications as the foundation of this knowledge, they have a deep personal commitment to learn. […]

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ISA Training and Education Opportunities in October

Make plans now to attend one or more of the four consecutive weeks of ISA’s most popular, world-class technician, automation engineering and safety courses in Cerritos, Calif. ISA’s Los Angeles Section is sponsoring this technical training event that includes ISA’s world-renowned subject-matter experts. Enhance the value of attending this year’s 2014 Process Control & Safety […]

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Key Questions to Ask Before Migrating to High-Performance Graphics

Waves of processing facilities and operating companies are in the process of adopting high-performance graphics for the first time. These projects can be extremely daunting due to both conflicting information about what constitutes high-performance graphics and the vast number of individual design decisions that will be made over the course of the project. Developing a […]

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