Process Control for Practitioners

"If you want a process control book to help you work in a real plant, buy this one." - Peter Stewart

"Excellent book for practitioners." - Luis Andres Rodriguez

"Anyone that is looking for a good book to further develop their skills as a Process control Practitioner should pick up a copy." - Blair Johnston

"Great practical 'toolbox' book; Highly recommended." - David Wood

"Outstanding coverage of the right material, in a very practical & easy to understand way." - Mike


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Process Control for Practitioners* - How to Tune PID controllers and Optimize Control Loops, is authored by OptiControls' principal consultant, Dr. Jacques F. Smuts, and published by OptiControls.

Control loop optimization is not rocket science, but it is not trivial either. To be effective in optimizing the performance industrial process control systems, you have to know the process and its limitations, understand process dynamics, controllers and tuning, use the right techniques and tools, and follow the optimization process systematically. You also have to know how to troubleshoot control problems to find and fix their causes.

This book conveys the knowledge and techniques required to effectively improve the performance of automatic control systems. It clearly and concisely covers all the topics and know-how required for being an outstanding controls practitioner. Explanations go into enough depth to make the material understandable, but discussions are kept short so the book can serve as a reference guide.

The book shows you how to tune PID controllers more effectively in less time, and ensure long-term loop stability. It is your complete reference for improving control-loop performance, solving process control problems, and designing control strategies. You will refer to this guide again and again.

The book's 315 pages and 176 figures will help you to:

  • Understand PID controllers, their control actions, settings, and options.
  • Identify process dynamics and their effects on loop performance and controller tuning.
  • Get the best possible performance from a control loop.
  • Tune controllers differently to achieve specific control objectives.
  • Identify the root cause (or causes) of poor control performance.
  • Use techniques such as linearization and gain scheduling to ensure consistent loop response and long-term stability.
  • Design and optimize control strategies such as cascade, feedforward, and ratio control to improve control performance and reduce variability.
  • Monitor loop performance and pinpoint control problems.

This concise manual on control-loop optimization will show you the fastest, surest, and most practical ways to tune controllers and solve control problems.


Process Control for Practitioners is available at in hardcover format, or for orders of 10 books or more, contact OptiControls for a volume discount.


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