Seminar Overview

Proper troubleshooting and maintenance of plant systems & equipment to reduce downtime and save money requires more than just replacing parts when they get broken. In fact, a “replace-part-when-broken” strategy for maintaining equipment is frequently the most expensive approach you can take. To be effective, maintenance technicians who fix equipment must know why a part needs to be changed out in the first place.  In this instrumentation, process measurement and control seminar students will learn what, where and how to measure parameters for the proper monitoring and control of their equipment. When something breaks, they’ll now know why. With this understanding, they will be able to work much more efficiently on the industrial systems and processes for which they are responsible. A sound knowledge in instrumentation and control is certain to result in better-qualified technicians and fewer equipment failures.

Discussion Topics

Introduction to Process Control

  • On/Off
  • Proportional
  • Integral
  • Derivative

Pneumatic Control

  • Operation of the nozzle and flapper value
  • Bellows receiver unit

Electronic Control

  • Resistance
  • Capacitance
  • Inductance
  • Voltage

Measurement of “Pressure”

  • Units and Pressure Standards
  • Construction and Operation of typical industrial pressure instruments
  • Calibration of pressure transducers and transmitters

Measurement of “Level”

  • Units and Level Standards
  • Construction and Operation of typical industrial level instruments
  • Calibration of level transducers and transmitters

Measurement of “Flow”

  • Units and Flow Standards
  • Construction and Operation of typical industrial flow instruments
  • Calibration of flow transducers and transmitters

Measurement of “Temperature”

  • Units and Temperature Standards
  • Construction and Operation of typical industrial temperature instruments
  • Calibration of temperature transducers and transmitters

Selected Analytical Measurements

  • Electrical Conductivity
  • Chemistry 101
  • Acids
  • Bases
  • pH
  • Redox Potentials
  • ORP Measurement
  • Ion Activity Measurement

Industrial Process Control Symbols

  • Understanding ANSI/ISA-S5.1 process control symbols
  • Understanding and Drawing Process and Instrumentation Diagrams
  • Understanding and Drawing Instrument Loop Diagrams
  • Using process control diagrams to troubleshoot industrial control systems

Control Valves

  • Purpose and use of control valves, actuators, and positioners
  • Significance of valve coefficients and sizing considerations

Proportional Control Concepts

  • First Order Lag calculations
  • How to calculate Dead Time
  • Adding Manual Reset to Proportional Control
  • Case Studies

Proportional & Integral Control Concepts

  • Additional Process Dynamics
  • The dynamic behavior of control valves
  • Tuning PI controllers
  • Case Studies

PID Controllers

  • Open Loop Tuning Methods
  • Closed Loop Tuning Methods
  • Case Studies
  • Common Industrial Applications & Case Studies

Applications For Use In Your Own Facility


Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Upon completion of this seminar, the student will receive a certification of completion with 8 classroom hours (.8  Trainco CEUs) per day attended. Visit our continuing education units page to determine if this class is accepted by your state licensing agency.

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