PID Loop Tuning Training


This session will train engineers, technicians, and operators to set up, maintain, and tune a PI or PID controller, thus gaining the benefits of better control, improved product quality, and reduced scrap, with better and easier maintenance work.

The class will cover the fundamentals of PID control, its variations, things that are important to know in evaluating the health and tuning of PID loops, and the practical ways to tune a PID controller.

  • The class culminates in an easy-to-use 3-step approach for tuning any PID loop and the ability to understand when tuning is not the root cause issue.
  • PID loops will be simulated and demonstrated using software-based process simulation in class.
  • Hands-on exercises will allow attendees to practice these techniques in real-time simulation.

Required: Laptop computer with CD drive. Windows XP, 2000 or higher.

Applications Reviewed

During the course of the class, standard applications such as Temperature, Pressure, Flow, and Level control are reviewed. Also discussed are applications that are more complex and difficult to tune, such as Cascade PID loops and Long Deadtime applications.

Using the provided software, students can simulate and tune; the results can be seen and evaluated right away.

PID Loop Tuning & Optimization
Company Profile
Understanding Process Control
Fundamentals of PID Control
Control & Tuning Objectives
Tuning Techniques
Tuning & Simulation Practice
Manual Tuning Using INTUNE Tuning Software
Adaptive Tuning & Advanced Topics
Applications Reviewed
Standard Applications
Difficult Applications
Inline Blending
Cascade PID Loops
Long Deadtime

Class Agenda

  • Understanding Process Control: Recognize the differences of each process loop. Learn the different process types, effect of noise, and the pros and cons of open loop tests and closed loop tests – all elements critical to tuning success.
  • Fundamentals of PID Control: What are the P, I, D parameters? How do they work? The units of each term and different structures of PID formulas.
  • Control and Tuning Objectives: Discussion of different control objectives, such as setpoint tracking or disturbance rejection, ramp and soak. How to adjust tuning strategy depending on your objectives.
  • Tuning Techniques: Discussion of various tuning techniques such as Ziegler-Nichols Tuning, Cohen-Coon Method, and IMC based tuning.
  • Tuning and Simulation Practice: This section is the focus of the class. Instructor will go over tuning step by step, using trial and error method and open loop method. Simulation of tuning results and comparison of the results of different tuning parameters.
  • Adaptive Tuning and Advanced Topics: The benefits of adaptive tuning and non-intrusive loop diagnostics for different process loops.

Upcoming Class

Seattle, WA - Wednesday-Thursday, March 1-2, 2017
Philadelphia, PA - Wednesday-Thursday, March 22-23, 2017