Control Loops Adjust to Process Change – Automatically
Onboard intelligence changes the rules
Bellevue, WA, June 14, 2007 -- You know how it goes with most applications. Around 20% of the application takes 80% of your attention. Tuning control loops is like that – only more so. Maybe 5% of all control loops cause 95% of the grief. But there is good news: help is on the way. Microstar Laboratories, Inc., maker of Data Acquisition Processor (DAP) boards, has shown how you now can use off-the-shelf components to build a control system that tunes itself. If your system performance suffers because you can't keep important control loops in tune, read on.
Every DAP board includes a processor running a real-time operating system, DAPL, that you control from PC software. You specify the real-time behavior of the DAP board by downloading commands for DAPL to execute at runtime. A new
The gain adjustments use the Iterative Feedback Technique. This approach estimates a gradient direction for loop tuning improvements using measurements – rather than pure mathematical analysis. It does not determine specific gains to apply but produces incremental adjustments that improve existing gains.
The original Iterative Feedback method requires large disturbances inconsistent with online operation. So the
You can use off-the-shelf components to build a control system that tunes itself. Every DAP board runs DAPL, and any DAP board can execute the
You now can be free from the ongoing operating costs of control loops that require continual hands-on tuning. You can start right away to prove to your own satisfaction that you can build a self-tuning control system for your application from off-the-shelf components. You can read the supporting documentation online and download all the software you need. And you can order hardware for evaluation at no charge. Contact Microstar Laboratories for details.
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You know how it goes with control applications: some key control loops require continual tuning. You don't always have time for this, so system performance suffers. But help is on the way. Microstar Laboratories, Inc., maker of Data Acquisition Processor (DAP) boards, now has shown how you can use off-the-shelf components to build a control system that tunes itself. Every DAP board runs a real-time operating system, DAPL, that you control from PC software. A new DAPL command –
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Before and After Self-Tuning – The red trace shows the plant response to a step disturbance. Before self-tuning, the plant is slow to respond and slow to settle. It takes about 40 controller updates to settle. After self-tuning, the plant responds quickly... and settles in roughly 15 controller updates.
An application based on a single board – like the DAP 5216a/627 – using a basic PID algorithm and optimized for multiple channel operation can be updated at time intervals as short as 0.05 milliseconds on every channel, without ever missing an update.
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