ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA's Advanced Tuning Course Held in Conjunction with NI Week
Research Triangle Park, NC (17 July 2007) - ISA 's "Tuning of Advanced Controllers" course will be held 6 August, in conjunction with NI Week and its Alliance Day Activities at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. This course will focus on practical, useful ways to tune feedforward controllers in the processing industries without requiring advanced mathematics.
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn the operation and application of advanced regulatory control methods: ratio, cascade, adaptive feedforward, override and deadtime control. Strategies will be covered as well as means to study process dynamics needed for implementation. The course will also teach students how to tune advanced control systems to improve control of various types of processes, leading to more efficient process operation.
Upon completing the course, which awards 0.7 CEU credits, attendees will know how to recognize when advanced controls are beneficial; explain feedforward control and list the benefits; run plant tests to determine feedforward relationships; calculate the feedforward constants; explain what adaptive or scheduled gain is and its benefits; calculate adaptive gains for non-linear processes; explain the function and operation of dead time compensators; tune dead time compensators; use different methods to improve control of processes with dead time; and identify when process changes may be needed for improved control.
For more information about the "Tuning of Advanced Controllers" seminar on 6 August, visit www.isa.org/training or call (919) 549-8411.
NI Week, the ultimate learning environment for novice and expert engineers, takes place 7-9 August at the Austin Convention Center, 500 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX United States. For more information, visit www.ni.com/niweek.
Founded in 1945, ISA (www.isa.org) is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts the largest conference and exhibition for automation professionals in the Western Hemisphere. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).