September Meeting: --Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tuning - Keeping an Eye on Your Process

About the Topic:

PID controllers are the generally accepted foundation of industrial process control. In most of the cases they have a direct impact on the plant’s bottom line: they reduce variability, improve quality and throughput, and decrease energy costs and raw material usage. This presentation goes beyond controller tuning techniques, and provides some practical insight for process optimization by keeping an eye on the control system performance.

Poor control system performance is usually exhibited in the fluctuations of the process variables or control outputs. Inefficiency, quality degradation of the product, loss of energy, waste of production, loss of production time, and shortened life cycle for process components are direct effects of a fluctuating process.

This presentation will point out indicators that recognize opportunities for improving the performance of the control system. Examples will help to describe these indicators, the implemented corrections, and resulting benefits. An overview of the variety of approaches to correct or improve the poor performance will be included as well as techniques to maintain the optimal performance into the future.

 

About the Speaker: Claude Flandro, Business Development, ControlSoft Inc.

Claude Flandro is currently responsible for Business Development for ControlSoft Inc. in Highland Heights, Ohio. Prior to joining ControlSoft, Mr. Flandro worked for Bailey Controls and later ABB in senior sales and marketing positions providing control solutions within the process industries in both domestic and international markets. The process industries include oil and gas production and transmission, petroleum refining, petrochemicals, specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, pulp and paper, metals, cement, glass, water and wastewater treatment. As a process designer, engineering manager and project manager, Mr. Flandro has been involved with the design, engineering, construction and operation of process plants around the world. He received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, a MS in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA in international business from Kent State University. He is a member of ISA and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

 

Where: Harry’s Steakhouse in the Derby Room

5664 Brecksville Road

Independence, OH 44131

 

Dinner Menu

Dinner Buffet: Chicken Piccata, Roast Pork, Baked Au Gratin Potatoes, Pasta, Fresh Garden Salad, Rolls (Butter), Chef’s Vegetable Du Jour, Assorted Pastries & Coffee (Decaf), Tea or Iced Tea

 

When: Wednesday, September 12, 2012

 

 



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