10.- PROCESS CONTROL

Equipment or processes that require maintaining some fixed parameter can easily be found in industry. The speed of a motor, the flow, level and temperature of a hydraulic circuit or the pressure of a compressed air system are a good example. The aim of process control engineering is the automation of these processes through the implementation of monitoring and control systems.

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This discipline covers from the study of the system dynamics and the instrumentation involved (sensors, actuators, controllers, etc.) to the development of control strategies and their subsequent implementation, including the study of the different industrial communications protocols used in this type of systems (Fieldbus, HART, etc.).

Nowadays, the most commonly used control algorithm is the PID control (proportional, integral and derivative). From this control mechanism, more complex strategies have been developed, such as the cascade control, multivariable control, feedforward control and selective control. These strategies are implemented using industrial controllers, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and SCADA control and acquisition applications that, in addition to the control, allow the process visualization. The control can be carried out with a single control device (centralized control system) or through an organized network of controllers (distributed control system).

The improvements in productivity and efficiency that control systems provide to industrial processes are favoring the research of new advanced control algorithms, such as the predictive control, adaptive control or fuzzy control.

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PROCESS CONTROL SUBCATEGORIES

10.1.- THEORETICAL - PRACTICAL FUNDAMENTALS

Automatic control is the branch of engineering that deals with the regulation of the operation of equipment, processes or complete plants, using a set of devices and mechanisms called control system. The open-loop control systems act on the input of the system (actuator) without taking into...
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10.2.- CONTROLLERS & INDUSTRIAL COMMUNICATIONS

The evolution in the control of large industrial plants gives rise to a new type of systems in which control is no longer implemented in a single device: distributed control systems or DCS. In these systems, the process to automate is divided into simple control loops that are locally regulated...
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10.3.- INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS AND SYSTEMS

An optimal operation of equipment and plants is essential in the process industry. Some devices are installed to achieve this purpose: sensors to measure the parameters to be regulated (controlled variables), actuators to allow modifying their values (manipulated variables), and controllers to...
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PROCESS CONTROL UNITS
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BASIC TEACHING UNIT FOR THE STUDY OF REGULATION AND CONTROL - RYC/B
  • RYC/B
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6.1.1.1.- THEORETICAL-PRACTICAL FUNDAMENTALS
RYC/B

Basic Teaching Unit for the Study of Regulation and Control

RYC/B allows the user to learn the basics about regulation and control of first and second order systems.This unit enables to carry a set of practices related with basic regulation and control, through which the user will understand how to...
BALL AND BEAM MODULE - RYC-BB
  • Accessory of RYC
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6.1.1.1.- THEORETICAL-PRACTICAL FUNDAMENTALS
RYC-BB

Ball and Beam Module

Accessory of RYC
The “RYC-BB” Ball and Beam module has been designed to study a practical control system, through the study of a classical control system, the Ball and Beam Control system.The “RYC-BB” module consists of two main components: the “RYC-BB” apparatus...
DC SERVO MOTOR MODULE - RYC-SM
  • Accessory of RYC
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6.1.1.1.- THEORETICAL-PRACTICAL FUNDAMENTALS
RYC-SM

DC Servo Motor Module

Accessory of RYC
The “RYC-SM” Servo Motor module has been designed to study a practical control system, through the control of the position and speed of a DC Servo Motor.The “RYC-SM” module consists of two main components: the “RYC-SM” apparatus and the “RYC-SM”...
AIR FLOW TEMPERATURE CONTROL MODULE - RYC-TAR
  • Accessory of RYC
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6.1.1.1.- THEORETICAL-PRACTICAL FUNDAMENTALS
RYC-TAR

Air Flow Temperature Control Module

Accessory of RYC
The “RYC-TAR” Air Flow Temperature Control module has been designed to study a practical control system, through the control of an air flow temperature.The “RYC-TAR” module consists of two main components: the “RYC-TAR” apparatus and the “RYC-TAR”...
INVERTED PENDULUM CONTROL MODULE - RYC-PI
  • Accessory of RYC
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6.1.1.1.- THEORETICAL-PRACTICAL FUNDAMENTALS
RYC-PI

Inverted Pendulum Control Module

Accessory of RYC
The “RYC-PI” Inverted Pendulum Control module has been designed to study a practical control system, through the control of a linear position system of movable cart.The “RYC-PI” module consists of two main components: the “RYC-PI” apparatus and...
MAGNETIC LEVITATION CONTROL MODULE - RYC-CLM
  • Accessory of RYC
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6.1.1.1.- THEORETICAL-PRACTICAL FUNDAMENTALS
RYC-CLM

Magnetic Levitation Control Module

Accessory of RYC
The “RYC-CLM” Magnetic Levitation Control module has been designed to study a practical control system.The “RYC-CLM” module consists of two main components: the “RYC-CLM” apparatus and the “RYCCLM” interface box. The “RYC-CLM” apparatus contains...
WATER FLOW TEMPERATURE CONTROL MODULE - RYC-TAG
  • Accessory of RYC
Available
6.1.1.1.- THEORETICAL-PRACTICAL FUNDAMENTALS
RYC-TAG

Water Flow Temperature Control Module

Accessory of RYC
The “RYC-TAG” Water Flow Temperature Control module has been designed to study a practical control system, through the control of water flow temperature.The “RYC-TAG” module consists of two main components: the “RYC-TAG” apparatus and the “RYCTAG”...
TEMPERATURE CONTROL MODULE - RYC-T
  • Accessory of RYC
Available
6.1.1.1.- THEORETICAL-PRACTICAL FUNDAMENTALS
RYC-T

Temperature Control Module

Accessory of RYC
The “RYC-T” Temperature Control module has been designed to study a practical control system, through the control of the water temperature in a tank.The “RYC-T” module consists of two main components: the “RYC-T” apparatus and the “RYC-T”...
PRESSURE CONTROL MODULE - RYC-P
  • Accessory of RYC
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6.1.1.1.- THEORETICAL-PRACTICAL FUNDAMENTALS
RYC-P

Pressure Control Module

Accessory of RYC
The “RYC-P” Pressure Control module has been designed to study a practical control system, through the control of the air pressure level of an air pressure tank.The “RYC-P” module consists of two main components: the “RYC-P” apparatus and the...
LEVEL CONTROL MODULE - RYC-N
  • Accessory of RYC
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6.1.1.1.- THEORETICAL-PRACTICAL FUNDAMENTALS
RYC-N

Level Control Module

Accessory of RYC
The “RYC-N” Level Control module has been designed to study a practical control system, through the control of the water level of a tank.The “RYC-N” module consists of two main components: the “RYC-N” apparatus and the “RYC-N” interface box. The...
FLOW RATE CONTROL MODULE - RYC-C
  • Accessory of RYC
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6.1.1.1.- THEORETICAL-PRACTICAL FUNDAMENTALS
RYC-C

Flow Rate Control Module

Accessory of RYC
The “RYC-C” Flow Rate Control module has been designed to study a practical control system, through the flow rate of a close water circuit.The “RYC-C” module consists of two main components: the “RYC-C” apparatus and the “RYC-C” interface box. The...
LUMINOSITY CONTROL MODULE - RYC-I
  • Accessory of RYC
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6.1.1.1.- THEORETICAL-PRACTICAL FUNDAMENTALS
RYC-I

Luminosity Control Module

Accessory of RYC
The “RYC-I” Luminosity Control module has been designed to study a practical control system and study different light sensors, through the luminosity control with three different light sensors.The “RYC-I” module consists of two main components:...
PH CONTROL MODULE - RYC-pH
  • Accessory of RYC
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6.1.1.1.- THEORETICAL-PRACTICAL FUNDAMENTALS
RYC-pH

pH Control Module

Accessory of RYC
The “RYC-pH” pH Control module has been designed to study a practical control system, through the pH dissolution control in a stirred tank.The “RYC-pH” module consists of two main components: “RYC-pH” apparatus and “RYC-pH” interface box. The...
POSITION CONTROL MODULE - RYC-CP
  • Accessory of RYC
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6.1.1.1.- THEORETICAL-PRACTICAL FUNDAMENTALS
RYC-CP

Position Control Module

Accessory of RYC
The “RYC-CP” Position Control module has been designed to study a practical control system, through the control of a linear position system.The “RYC-CP” module consists of two main components: the “RYC-CP” apparatus and the “RYC-CP” interface box....
INDUSTRIAL CONTROLLERS UNIT - CECI
  • CECI
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6.1.1.2.- INDUSTRIAL CONTROLLERS
CECI

Industrial Controllers Unit

The Industrial Controllers Unit, "CECI", is based on a modular design structure whose functionality is divided into different modules toallow the student a better understanding of the unit. The modules included in the unit are: industrial...
INDUSTRIAL CONTROLLERS NETWORKING - CRCI
  • CRCI
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6.1.1.2.- INDUSTRIAL CONTROLLERS
CRCI

Industrial Controllers Networking

The Industrial Controllers Networking, “CRCI”, unit is based on a modular design structure whose functionality is divided into different modules to allow the student a better understanding of the unit. The modules provided with the unit are: two...
COMPUTER CONTROLLED CONTROLLER TUNING UNIT - CEAC
  • CEAC
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6.1.1.2.- INDUSTRIAL CONTROLLERS
CEAC

Computer Controlled Controller Tuning Unit

Nowadays, most of the industries and factories use industrial controllers in order to reach an accurate and automatic control of its processes. The correct installation and parameterization of the industrial controllers is a difficult task if the...
TRAINER FOR FIELD BUS APPLICATIONS - CEAB
  • CEAB
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6.1.1.2.- INDUSTRIAL CONTROLLERS
CEAB

Trainer for Field Bus Applications

The Trainer for Field Bus Applications, “CEAB”, provides the components to conform a real Profibus DP Network where the PC is the master device and different components included with the unit are the slave devices. The “CEAB” unit also allows to...
APPLICATIONS FOR PROCESS CONTROL - APC
  • APC
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10.3.- INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS AND SYSTEMS
APC

Applications for Process Control

Today, control systems play an essential role in most industrial processes due to the significant improvements they can provide in terms of production quality, efficiency, costs and performance.The Applications for Process Control, "APC", have...
COMPUTER CONTROLLED COUPLED TANKS SYSTEM - CTAC
  • CTAC
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6.1.1.3.- INDUSTRIAL SYSTEM APPLICATIONS
CTAC

Computer Controlled Coupled Tanks System

The Computer Controlled Coupled Tanks System, "CTAC", consists of four transparent tanks, each with a pressure sensor to measure the water level.The coupling configuration between tanks can be modified by the use of computer controlled solenoid...