Practical Aspect of Process Control and Instrumentation


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Intensive three-day course, giving a practical introduction to the principles of measurement and control of process plants. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the set-up and tuning of control loops using simulation and other computer based training packages.


This course is designed for participants with no prior knowledge of dynamic simulation or process control.


Graduates and technicians who require a practical introduction to measurement and control systems on process plant. Engineers and managers who want to know how to use good process control to increase throughputs, yields, and energy
efficiency, reduce commissioning time, and improve safety and operability. It will also be useful to anyone working in the process industries who would like to understand the techniques used in measurement and control and who have not had the opportunity to learn about them before. A modified version of this course has been used many times to train process operators on an in-company basis, please ask for details.


At the end of this course, delegates will:

  • Understand the working of the most common types of instruments used in the
    measurement of pressure, level, temperature and flow
  • Understand the configuration and tuning of PID (Proportional – Integral – Derivative)
  • Be able to tune a simple control loop
  • Be familiar with other control techniques such as cascade, feed-forward, adaptive
    and split-Range (dual acting) control
  • Understand the advantages, use and function of modern computer based control
    systems including: distributed control systems (DCS), supervisory control systems
    (SCS), programmable logic controllers (PLC), and fieldbus systems.
  • Be aware of some of the human issues and safety issues associated with the use of
    modern centralised control systems


This course will cover process control and instrumentation within the following sessions:

  1. Course Introduction – Principles of Control
  • What is automatic control?
    • Feedback control
    • Feedforward control
  • The control Loop
  1. Measurement Principles
  • Pressure measurement
  • Level measurement
  • Temperature measurement
  • Flow measurement
  1. PID Control
  • Proportional action
  • Integral action
  • Derivative action
  • Digital filtering for noisy signals
  1. Control Tuning
  • Tuning controllers the traditional way
  • Tuning controllers the modern way
  • Tuning level controllers
  • Tuning cascade controllers
  • Tuning split-range controllers
  • Hands-on: participants are instructed through a CBT exercise on control tuning
  • Hands-on: participants carry out simulation exercises on Controller tuning using the traditional and modern methodologies
  1. Computer Control Systems
  • DCS systems
  • SCADA systems
  • PLC’s
  • Fieldbus
  1. Control Valves
  • Valve types
  • Actuators and positioners
  • Sizing and selection