LT-SP Tuning of Industrial Control Loops

LT-SP Tuning of Industrial Control Loops

  • Duration:
  • Investment: US$ 249.00

Must complete all lessons




This course is designed to train you in the configuration and tuning of industrial control loops using a minimum of mathematics and formulas. Controllers need to be carefully matched to the process to work optimally; this matching procedure is called tuning. Controllers that are not correctly configured and tuned will not perform optimally and will not reduce variability in the process as they should.
The aim of this course is to provide and/or enhance the skills required to configure and tune a controller for optimum operation. An optimally tuned processed loop is critical for a wide variety of industries ranging from food processing, chemical manufacturing, oil refineries, pulp and paper mills, mines and steel mills. Although tuning rules are designed to give reasonably tight control, this may not always be the objective. Some thought needs to be given when retuning a loop as to whether the additional effort is justified as there may be other issues which are the cause of the poor control. These issues will be discussed in some detail in this course. At the end of this course you will have the skills to troubleshoot and tune a wide variety of process loops.



  • Fundamentals of tuning loops – both open and closed loop
  • How to recognise the key characteristics of process plant from a control perspective
  • Significance of dead time and transfer lags
  • PID controller behaviours
  • How to troubleshoot and identify problems
  • Differences between ideal/ interacting/non-interacting controllers



  • Consulting engineers
  • Automation engineers
  • Control engineers
  • Electrical engineers
  • Electricians
  • Electronic engineers
  • Energy management consultants
  • Facility managers
  • Installation and maintenance technicians
  • Instrumentation engineers
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Technicians



  • Processes, controllers and tuning
  • PID controllers – P, I and D modes of operation
  • Load disturbances and offset
  • Speed, stability and robustness
  • Gain, dead time and time constants
  • Process noise
  • Feedback controllers
  • How to select feedback controller modes



  • Open loop characterisation of process dynamics
  • Default and typical settings
  • General purpose closed loop tuning method
  • Quick and easy open loop method
  • Fine tuning for different process types
  • Simplified lambda tuning



  • Different rules compared
  • Typical tuning settings
  • When to use them/when not to use them
  • Rules of thumb in tuning



  • Hysteresis
  • Stiction
  • Characteristic selection and correction
  • Positioner configuration and tuning



  • Self tuning loops
  • Adaptive control



  • Cascade systems – tuning of them
  • Feedforward, ratio, multivariable systems
  • Interactive loops tuning
  • Dead time compensation
  • Practical limitations



  • Good practice for common loop problems
  • Flow control loop characteristics
  • Level control loop characteristics
  • Temperature control loop characteristics
  • Pressure control loop characteristics
  • Other less common loops




Plan Name Investment
Unlimited Access for 2 Years: US$ 249.00


John Piperides

BE Electrical


John is a professional electrical engineer with over 25 years experience in industrial maintenance, production, management, sales and improvement. He has held management positions in several manufacturing and sales companies. His diverse responsibilities have included contract negotiation, authoring and responsibility of departmental budgets, daily management of over 20 reports, practice of cGMP, auditing in a pharmaceutical plant, and system administration and programming of diverse IT and embedded systems. He has been directly involved with industries including building management, pest control, mining, power utilities, food, pharmaceutical, steel, building products, sugar, paper and pulp, rail and airports.

John has completed many years of further education including developing, writing and delivering many work based courses and seminars. He has spent 10 years as a part time teacher at TAFE in electrical engineering, and 15 years delivering structured courses in thermography, power quality, instrument safety, motor drive theory, PLC, SCADA, and pest inspection

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