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The ExperTune library contains articles, papers, and video presentations to help you improve your plant's performance.

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Control Loop Monitoring

PID Loop Optimization

Basic PID Tutorials

Video Presentations

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Featured Articles

Automating Continuous Process Improvement

Automating Continuous Process Improvement

Continuous Improvement separates winners from losers. Your competition is making improvements every day, and you need to keep ahead of them to succeed. Unfortunately, if you are like most process manufacturers, you just don’t have enough staffing. If only there were some way to automatically capture improvement opportunities.

New, automated methods are now driving continuous improvements at process manufacturing plants. These methods use process data, with automated analysis and automated diagnostics, that pinpoint improvements to process, equipment, and controls. These plants see significant results for operating cost, energy reduction, and quality improvement.

  • Author: George Buckbee, P.E.
  • Format: PDF

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Case Study Showing Production Increase

Closing the Gap Between Engineers and Management

Work-style and communication differences often result in a disconnect between managers and engineers. Bridging this culture gap will allow managers to make better decisions and bring engineers the understanding and recognition they deserve.


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PDF, 4 pages.

Control Loop Monitoring

Title Bibliographical Info Format
SABIC Cuts Costs with PlantTriage

ARC Brief:

SABIC Improves Plant Stability and Cuts Costs
March 2009
by Tom Fiske, Senior Analyst at ARC
PDF
El Verdadero Objetivo de un Sistema de Control
Cómo convertir el Monitoreo de Control de Efectividad en una Optimización de Efectividad
White Paper
George Buckbee & Lew Gordon
translated by Rodolfo Villalón H., P.E.
PDF
Control Performance Supervision Enhances Revamp
Upgraded ethylene cracker achieves targeted production rates in record time
Article in Chemical Processing
Apr 2008
Mikko Ronka, Borealis
PDF
Online book, see Page 41
Control System Asset Management
"Improved Asset Performance with Real-time data"
En Español
White Paper
Apr 2007
George Buckbee, P.E.
PDF
Measure. Decide. Act.
"Applying Real-Time Feedback to Deliver Business Results"
White Paper
Mar 2007
George Buckbee, P.E.
PDF
Real-Time Metrics for Process Performance
Article in Chemical Engineering
Jun 2007
George Buckbee, P.E.
PDF on Chemical Engineering Web site
How to Read "Sine Language"
Reduce Process Cycling to Save Money
White Paper
Dec 2006
George Buckbee, P.E.
PDF
Debunk Myths about Diagnostics
"Your Control System can probably do more than you think"
Cover Story,
Chemical Processing, Feb 2007
George Buckbee, P.E.
HTML / NXTBook
How to Find Energy Savings in Process Plants White Paper, Aug 2006
George Buckbee, P.E.
PDF
Taking it to the Boardroom: Use Performance Supervision for Higher-Level Management Decisions. Reprinted with permission of InTech Magazine, July 2006 HTML
Why Do You Need Performance Supervision? Reprinted with permission of Control Magazine, April 2006 PDF
Automation KPIs Critical for Improvement of Enterprise KPIs Journees Scientifique et Techniques, Nov 2006, Algeria PDF
Fieldbus Diagnostics, Without Fieldbus ISA 2005, Houston PDF
Methodology for Reducing the Control Loops Oscillation at an Iron Ore Processing Plant ISA 2005, São Paulo. Lúcio Fábio Passos, & Bernardo Soares Torres, ATAN Sistemas
Vicentino José Pinheiro Rodrigues, CVRD
PDF
Case Studies—Performance Assessment of Control Loops Bernardo Soares Torres, Fábio Barros de Carvalho, Marcos de Oliveira Fonseca, Constantino Seixas Filho, ATAN Sistemas
ADCHEM/SICOP 2006, Brazil
PDF
Interaction Detection Using Oscillation Analysis ADCHEM/SICOP 2006, Brazil PDF
Power, Usability Refine Plant Performance CONTROL, May 2006 PDF
The Link Between Automation KPIs and Enterprise KPIs White Paper Oct 2005 PDF
Shift Your Focus from Analysis to Optimization with Active Model Capture Technology White Paper Sept 2005 PDF
Benefits of Integrating Monitoring with Tuning White Paper August 2005 PDF
Performance and Optimization—an Economic Point of View Control July 2005 PDF
Universal Key Performance Indicators for Process Plants Hydrocarbon Processing June 2005 PDF
PlantTriage Keeps Plants Running Smoothly Control May 2005 PDF
Choosing Performance Assessments ISA, Houston October 2004 PDF
Establishing a Basis for Performance ISA, Houston October 2004 PDF
Using a Performance Monitor to Connect to a Historical Database ISA, Houston October 2004 PDF
Control Loop Performance Assessment and Auditing Intech 2004 PDF, in Portuguese
New Performance Monitoring Software Cutting Edge Technologies Pulp & Paper Canada 2004 PDF
Performance Monitor Raises Service Factor Of MPC ISA, Houston, October 2003 PDF
Plantwide Performance Monitor Bridges Resource Gap ISA, Houston, October 2003 PDF
Real-Time Six Sigma ISA, Houston, October 2003 PDF
A Practical Approach For Large-scale Controller Performance Assessment, Diagnosis, and Improvement Journal of Process Control,Volume 13, 2003, © Eastman Chemical Company PDF
Learn How To Assess and Improve Control Loop Performance ISA, ChicagoOctober 2002 PDF
Prioritizing and Optimizing Problem Loops Using a Loop Monitoring System ISA, Chicago October 2002 PDF
Process Monitoring and Loop Prioritization Can Reap Big Payback and Benefit Process Plants ISA, Chicago, October 2002 PDF
Benefits of Controller Monitoring and Integrated PID Optimization White Paper PDF
Modeling in ExperTune's PID Tuner/Analyzer and PlantTriage White Paper PDF
Control Magazine Reviews PlantTriage Control Magazine (May 2005) PDF
Software Prioritizes Loop Repairs CONTROL, Sept 2001 PDF
Monitor Performance Enterprise-Wide CONTROL, June 2004 HTML
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PID Loop Optimization—Overview

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Don't Tune These Four Loops

Don't Tune These Four Loops!

Some control loops cannot be improved by tuning. In fact, you might be wasting your time, or you might even make matters worse by tuning.

This paper discusses four types of PID control loops that you absolutely should NOT tune. Read on to discover how you can save time and get better results by NOT tuning.

  • Authors: George Buckbee

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The Six Most common PID configuration Errors: How to Find and Fix Them George Buckbee, P.E., 2008 PDF
Steps To Optimize Your Control Loop John Gerry 1998 HTML
Loop Optimization: Troubleshooting Control Magazine, April 1999 HTML
Get your plant humming a sweet tune. Plant Services, September 1999 HTML
PID settings sometimes fail to make the leap Intech, November 1999, reprinted with permission of InTech Magazine HTML
PID Controller Specification F. G. Shinskey & John Gerry, White Paper HTML
What ExperTune needs to know about your PID Controller White Paper HTML
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PID Loop Optimization—Tuning

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Tuning Process Controllers Starts In Manual John Gerry, May 1999, reprinted with permission of InTech Magazine HTML
Comparison of PID Control Algorithms Control Engineering, March, 1987 HTML
Poor Controller Tuning Drives Up Valve Costs Control Magazine, April 2002 HTML
Setpoint vs. Load Tuning CONTROL Magazine, Sept. 1991 HTML
Averaging Level Control F. G. Shinskey, Chemical Processing, September 1997 HTML
Modeling in ExperTune's PID Tuner/Analyzer and PlantTriage White Paper PDF
Should You Use Lambda Tuning? White Paper HTML
Tuning Off-Key Level Loops CONTROL February 2005 PDF
Tuning Package Adds Problem-Solving Tools CONTROL, Dec 2000 HTML
It's Not Just a Loop Tuner, It's a Plant Manager CONTROL, May 1996 HTML
Loop Tuning Simplified Control Engineering, May 1995 HTML
Package Simplifies Control Loop Tuning CONTROL, December 1994 HTML
Case Study—"Control Loop Tuning in Hsiaokang Refinery" Taiwan Sugar, M.D. Huang, W.D. Hsieh, Oct–Dec, 2002 Vol.49 No.4 PDF
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PID Loop Optimization—Control Valves

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Poor Controller Tuning Drives Up Valve Costs Control Magazine, April 2002 HTML
Tuning Software Predicts Valve Wear CONTROL, July 1999 HTML
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PID Loop Optimization—Advanced

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Neutralize pH control system instabilities Plant Services, March 2002 HTML
Characterizers for Control Loops (Linearizing pH loops) F. G. Shinskey HTML
Linearize Your Process for Optimal Performance at Any Production Rate CONTROL, August 1997 HTML
Modeling and Building a Feedforward Compensator with ExperTune's Software White paper HTML
Power Spectrum Solves a Paper Mill Problem Intech August 1998 PDF
How to Control Processes With Large Dead Times (Model Predictive vs PID) Control Engineering, March 1998 HTML
Adaptive Tuning—Expectations, Limitations White Paper PDF
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Basic PID Tutorials

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Basic PID Tutorial

Includes:

John Gerry, 1999 HTML
Glossary of Process Control Terms John Gerry 1996 HTML
Tuning Process Controllers Starts In Manual John Gerry, May 1999, reprinted with permission of InTech Magazine HTML
What ExperTune needs to know about your PID Controller White Paper HTML
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Video Presentations

Title Bibliographical Info Format
The Six Myths of Process Control George Buckbee, May–October 2006 WMV 5–7 minutes each
Understanding Process Interactions, Correlation Analysis George Buckbee, March 2006 WMV 7 minutes
Focus On Performance, Reducing Energy Costs George Buckbee, November 2005 WMV 9 minutes
Check Control Loop Basics With a Time Line John Gerry, July 2005 WMV 4 minutes
Removing Interactions John Gerry, March 2005 WMV 6 minutes
Performance Measurement—The Rest of the Story John Gerry, November 2004 WMV 6 minutes
How to Exploit Process Variability Tom Kinney, August 2004 WMV 10 minutes
Are Your Valves Killing You John Gerry, March 2004 WMV 6 minutes
How to Tune for Both Set Point Changes and Upsets John Gerry, December 2003 WMV 5 minutes
How to Control a Process with Long Dead Time John Gerry, October 2003 WMV 8 minutes
How to Manage Your Plant's Performance in Real-Time John Gerry, August 2003 WMV 5 minutes
Which Tuning Method Should You Use? John Gerry, May 2003 WMV 7 minutes
How to Automatically Find a Model of Your Process John Gerry, March 2003 WMV 5 minutes
The Most Important Tuning Parameter John Gerry, Jan 2003 WMV 5 minutes
Eliminate Cycling in Your Plant John Gerry, Dec 2002 WMV 5 minutes
The Fast Way to Tune Slow Loops John Gerry, Oct 2002 WMV 5 minutes
Linearize Your Process—Get Optimal Response at All Production Rates John Gerry, July 2002 WMV 3 minutes
Derivative, The Good, Bad, and Ugly John Gerry, May 2002 WMV 6 minutes
Plant Data You Should Use for Modeling & PID Tuning John Gerry, March 2002 WMV 10 minutes
Consistency Measurement and Control in the Paper Industry George Buckbee, January 2002 WMV 9 minutes
How Filtering Can Help (or Hurt) Your Process John Gerry, January 2002 WMV 7 minutes
How Fast Should I Sample? John Gerry, July 2001 WMV 6 minutes
Loop Stability—The Other Half of the PID Tuning Story John Gerry, June 2001 WMV 4 minutes
Differences In PID Algorithms and Units John Gerry, October 2000, re-recorded July 2002 WMV 4 minutes
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