Automatic Process Control



Outstanding Features

Want to become learn more about how to design and implement instrumentation to measure the relevant variables of continuous processes? This course looks at design and implement control systems and strategies, how to keep those variables in check through the disturbances in the process all while achieving a high level of consistency, economy, and safety at production facilities.

Course Overview

This course enables participants to discuss, select, design and document the appropriate instrumentation and control strategies related to Process Dynamics, Automatic Process Control and Control Systems architecture.

Target Audience

This course is suitable for Control Systems Technicians, Electricians, Mechanics, Process Operators, Process Engineers, Process Technologists, and other instrumentation and control professionals.

You Will Learn How to

Participants will learn how to:

  • Communicate with Instrumentation and Process Control professionals
  • Select and apply the most common instruments used in temperature, pressure, level, and flow measurement
  • Select and tune the right controller based on the process/application
  • Apply standards to interpret symbols and drawings associated with process control documentation
  • Differentiate between control system architectures


  • Control Loops Dynamics Characteristics
  • Feedback Control
  • Direct or Reverse Action in Controllers
  • Control Modes
  • Analysis and implementation of the following controllers:
  • Controller Adjustment Criteria
  • Fuzzy Logic and Neural Networks in Process Control

Course Details

Day 1
Control Loops Dynamics Characteristics

  • Type of Variables
  • Error Process Reactions
  • Process reactions
  • Response Curves

Process Variables Measurement

  • Flow
  • Temperature
  • Pressure
  • Level

Day 2
Instrumentation Datasheets

  • Instrument Range
  • Operating range
  • Calibrated Range
  • Alarms
  • Set Point

Instrument Symbols

  • Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID)
  • ISA Standard 5.1

Feedback Control

  • What is Feedback Control?
  • How to implement it?
  • Benefits/Advantages of Feedback Control

Direct or Reverse Action in Controllers

  • What is a Direct-Action Controller
  • What is a Reverse-Action Controller
  • When to use Direct or Reverse

Day 3
Control Modes

  • on-off, proportional,
  • integral,
  • proportional-integral,
  • proportional-integral-derivative

Analysis and implementation of the following controllers:

  • on-off, proportional,
  • integral,
  • proportional-integral,
  • proportional-integral-derivative

Interactive and non-interactive Controllers

  • What are non-Interactive Controller
  • What are Interactive Controller
  • How to work with Interactive Controllers

Reset wind up

  • What is it?
  • How to deal with it


  • Noise
  • Why is Filtering required
  • How to implement it

Day 4
Digital Control Algorithm

  • What is it?
  • When it should be used
  • How to implement it

Controller Adjustment Criteria

  • Ziegler-Nichols,
  • Cohen-Coon,
  • Integral Criteria,
  • Controller Synthesis

Other Control Strategies:

  • Cascade Control
  • Feedforward Control
  • Ratio Control
  • Blend Control
  • Split Range Control
  • Override Control
  • Smith Predictor Control
  • Multivariable Control
  • Statistic Control
  • Adaptive Control

Day 5
Control Systems Architectures

  • DDC
  • PLC
  • DCS

Fuzzy Logic and Neural Networks in Process Control

  • Instrument Loop Diagrams
  • Instrument ports and connections
  • Pneumatic loops
  • Electronic loops
  • Junction boxes and identifiers
  • Marshalling Panels

Course Length

5 Days

Course Director

Raymundo Mendez


Upon completion, you will receive a Worley Academy Certificate of Completion.

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