Applied Control Technology Consortium (ACTC)

Scheduled Training:
Control Design for Servomechanisms

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

12 - 14th July 2005


This Scheduled Training Course is open to employees of ACTC member companies and also paying delegates from companies that are not ACTC members. There are a limited number of places, and allocation is on a first come first served basis, so early registration is advised.

Each ACTC member company is allowed a maximum of 2 delegates on each Scheduled Training Course. This is to allow each ACTC member to get a fair chance of accessing each course. However, if there is low uptake for a particular course then we would be happy to increase this number. For this particular course, the first registered place is free of charge to ACTC member companies, with subsequent places provided at the reduced rate of 300 per delegate.

A small proportion of places on these Scheduled Training Courses are also made available to paying non-member companies. The rate for this course is 1200 per delegate. Registrations can be made using the form below. Please ensure the payment details section of the form is completed. Alternatively, a printable agenda and registration form is available here.

NOTE: This course has since been held and registration is now closed. We will be holding it again in the near future, so please contact us if you are interested in attending.

Course Description and Agenda

This course has been specifically formulated for engineers who need a basic introduction to the control of servomechanisms. Illustrative examples and hands-on exercises are used extensively to reinforce the underlying control theory presented. The hands-on sessions will use control system design software as well as practical servo trainer hardware.

The course will be presented in an informal environment by ACTC Consultants, giving delegates the opportunity to gain from our own practical expertise. Numbers on the course are restricted to ensure that each delegate gets individual attention. Hence, early registration is advisable.

The agenda for the Training Course is as follows. Alternatively a more detailed agenda is available here:

Day 1 - Introduction to Systems and Modelling
9.00 Introduction to the Course - "The Need for Control"
9.30 Linear Systems and Transfer Functions
10.45 TEA / COFFEE
11.00 Frequency Response Analysis Techniques
12.15 LUNCH
1.00 Linear Modelling and Simulation
1.30 Hands-On Session - Introduction to MATLAB & SIMULINK
2.45 Hands-On Session - Modelling for Control Design
4.00 Physical Components of Servomechanisms
5.00 CLOSE
Day 2 - Classical Control Design
9.00 Fundamentals of Control Design
10.00 Hands-On Session - Control Fundamentals
10.45 TEA / COFFEE
11.00 Root Locus and Lead-Lag Compensation
12.30 LUNCH
1.15 Hands-On Session - Root Locus and Lead-Lag
2.00 PID Controller and Tuning Methods
3.30 Hands-On Session - PID Tuning
4.15 Implementation Issues and Nonlinearities
5.00 CLOSE
Day 3 - Practical Issues in Control
9.00 Discrete-Time Systems Modelling and Control
10.30 TEA / COFFEE
10.45 Hands-On Session - Discrete Time Systems
12.15 LUNCH
1.00 Servomechanism Testing
2.00 System Identification
3.15 Real-Life Design Example using Servo Trainer Hardware
5.00 CLOSE

Additional Information:

Training Course Venue

The course will be held in the Conference Room of the Industrial Control Centre, on the 7th floor of the Graham Hills Building (50 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1QE), within the John Anderson campus of Strathclyde University. Please click here for a map or here for travel directions.

Full details, including travel and hotel information, will be sent to registrants along with confirmation of their booking.


The nearby hotels offer a wide range of accommodation, which we can book on your behalf. Please contact us if you require this service.

What is Included ?

On-line Registration Form

On-line registration is closed for this event.

Please contact us for information about future courses or view our other training courses.

The Training Administrator
Industrial Systems and Control Ltd.
50 George Street
G1 1QE
tel.: 0141 553 1111
fax.: 0141 553 1232