PRODUCTS & SERVICES  > Training                                                                                             ENG GER

The Significance of Training

To master increasingly demanding tasks with less manpower and in shorter time special education is necessary. Besides, studies have shown that the education level of the staff is one of the two most significant factors (the other one being use of APC) for the profitability of a production plant.

ACT's unparalleled courses address this need by providing exceptional practical know-how in a clear, easy way and fill the gaps left by theoretical control education. They provide the technologies, methods and tricks of the world-leading users for better control in shorter time.

Theory is given to the extent necessary, but main emphasis is on the most effective approaches and their practical implementation. Newcomers gain sound knowledge in use of standard and advanced techniques and experienced users the extra know-how to handle difficult situations and to achieve top performance in shorter time.

>> Check here for upcoming courses in your area

Key features of ACT's courses:

·    Selected material including special, little known techniques that give maximum effect with                 simple means: Principles, selection criteria, implementation, tuning, troubleshooting, successful        applications but also pitfalls.

·    Some basic topics are re-visited and even experienced participants emphasize that they have            gained extra valuable insight on themes which seemed well known

·    Many realistic hands-on exercises with our award winning tool TOPAS deepen the                            understanding and cover many real-life situations

·    Coverage of the economics of improved control – unique and important to justify the extra                effort and to properly present the success achieved

·    An exceptionally experienced instructor: Over 30 years in APC and model based predictive
     control, training since 1980 at all levels: operator, technical specialists and management

·    Intensive work in small groups with individual guidance to ensure outstanding results


A recent feedback from a student: „I can already report a first success of the training and the tool (TOPAS): A difficult pressure controller is responding now in a 6th of the time. Great – and thank you again for the good coverage of the topics!"

This is what some of our other participants say:


Our Training Courses

(All courses can also be tailored to suit your needs and held on-site – world-wide. Contact us with your specific training requirements!)

"Applied Control Techniques (ACT)"

Duration: Four days.
Target audience: New and experienced control professionals, operations support staff

Part 1 covers process analysis, control strategy development, PID control, and part 2 more advanced topics. Economics and energy/utility reduction are also addressed throughout the course.

·    Motivation for automatic control, economical benefits of improved control
·    Development of the control strategy, decision criteria single loop / cascade / multivariable                control / disturbance compensation
·    Process types and dynamics, tests and process parameter estimation
·    Feedback control fundamentals, basic control concepts, performance criteria and                             measurements
·    PID control: Principles, configuration choices and selection criteria, different tuning                          approaches, single loop vs. cascade control, Smith Predictor
·    Feedforward disturbance compensation
·    Constraint control
·    (Model-free) Optimization
·    Model based control, multi-variable control, Relative Gain Analysis - RGA.

For a detailed description download the brochure and registration form.

“Process Control Master Class” (at the moment only available in German language)

Duration: One day
Target audience: Experienced control professionals (prerequisite: Attendance of the Applied Control Techniques training course).

The course focuses on two topics, namely cascade control and feedforward disturbance compensation and provides the special know-how needed to master difficult situations. A further topic is the minimization of the energy consumption through automatic control and finally also the mastering of recycle streams is addressed.

“Model Based Predictive Control (MBC / MBPC)”

Duration: Three days
Target audience: Experienced control professionals

MBPC is the technology for top performance and indispensable for processes with difficult dynamics (long deadtime, high ratio of deadtime to time constant, strong interactions between variables..), cases where careful and smooth action is required and also where PID tuning simply is too difficult and time consuming. Main topics:

·    Motivation for MBC, alternatives, fundamental principles
·    Types of models and formulations
·    Plant tests and model development / validation / updating
·    Single loop and multivariable control, regulatory control and optimization, the main                          approaches (Monoreg, HIECON, DMC, IMC, AMC..), selection criteria
·    Application design and implementation, user interface.

For a detailed description download the brochure.

NEW: “Process control for process engineers”

Duration: Two days
Target audience: Process engineers / designers, technologists, operations support staff

The course provides a better understanding of the challenges from the inherent process dynamics and the solutions to master them. It aims in particular:

·    To improve the plant operability and thus performance through designs more adapt to the                 process dynamics
·    To allow more complete instrumentation and better controls to avoid future costly and                      delayed additions
·    To provide a complete, long range planning basis for the DCS thus avoiding capacity                        bottlenecks or missing functionality.

For a detailed agenda download the PCPE course brochure.