27th - 29th September 2005, Leicester, UK

is to be held 6-8th February in Stockport

A showcase of the latest techniques and application stories
for the very best in industrial process control

  • 3 days of lectures by industrial experts and leading academics
  • Structured programme to allow you to attend whichever days you want
  • Control methods with proven industrial applications
  • Comprehensive course notes provided

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The Process Control Academy is an open event. ACTC member companies are entitled to two free places, with additional places at half-price. Discounts are also available for IEE / InstMC / IChemE members and group bookings

Meeting Description and Agenda

This new training and awareness event organised by the Applied Control Technology Consortium (ACTC) and supported by Emerson Process Management, will provide an overview of enhanced control and condition monitoring techniques through application stories and the latest software tools. The focus will be on techniques that provide a competitive advantage through greater reliability, robustness and improved performance.

Target Audience:

Day 1 - "Getting the Basics Right"

This is the ACTC’s highly regarded Introduction to Process Control training course, providing a suitable introduction for those new to process control or a refresher for old-hands attending Days 2 and 3. Covered are the basics of process dynamics; control and loop tuning; how to identify and alleviate common problems; enhanced control such as feed-forward and cascade control. The learning is reinforced using real-life examples.

Day 2 - "Turning Advanced Control into Applied Control"

This day will see the introduction and application of model predictive control, the most widely employed advanced strategy for difficult to control processes. Whilst MPC is still largely confined to oil refineries, new tools are allowing this technology to extend to other processes. The additional complexity of nonlinearities, such as pH, is covered together with proven and new control strategies to overcome them. The final part of the day looks at new tools for extracting valuable information from the mass of data that today’s control systems produce.

Day 3 - "Realising Improvements to your Process"

The final day addresses issues about how to make control work and how to keep it working. The day begins with the automatic assessment of the performance and condition of your control loops, without even leaving your desk!! The afternoon looks at the broad topic of justifying and carrying out improvements to your control system, including system life planning, the use of modelling, and the opportunities offered by new control systems hardware and infrastructures.

NEW!! The detailed agenda for the Process Control Academy is now available.


9:00Basics of Process Control 9:00Keynote Speaker 9:00Keynote Speaker
9:30The Process and Dynamics 9:45Model Predictive Control 9:45How are your Control Systems Performing ?
10:30Tea/Coffee 10:40Tea/Coffee 10:30Tea/Coffee
10:50Applying Control to the Process 11:00Model Predictive Control (cont.) 10:50How are your Control Systems Performing ? (cont.)
12:45Lunch 12:20Lunch 12:20Lunch
1:45Real-life Process Control Problems 1:30Unlocking Value in Your Data 1:30How to make Improvements Happen
2:40Tea/Coffee 3:00Tea/Coffee 3:00Tea/Coffee
3:00Enhanced Process Control 3:20Coping with nonlinear processes 3:20How to make Improvements Happen (cont.)
4:30Questions and Close (5pm) 4:40Questions and Close (5pm) 4:30Questions and Close (5pm)
7:00Process Academy Dinner

Additional Information

Event Venue:

This event is kindly being hosted by Emerson Process Management at their UK Headquarters in Leicester (Meridian East Business Park, Leicester, LE19 1UX Tel: 0116 282 2822). The venue provides convenient access by road (M1 Junction 21, M69) and air (East Midlands Airport). Map and travel direction can be obtained here.

On Arrival:

Delegates should follow the signs for Main Reception. Visitor parking is at the front of the building and is clearly marked, additional car parking is avaliable at the rear of the building. All delegates should report and sign in at main reception and should advise reception staff that they are attending the ACTC/Emerson Process Control Academy. You will then be directed to the Education Centre where the course is being held.

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Information for Speakers

A computer projector (up to XGA Resolution) and laptop with MS PowerPoint will be available for use. All presentations we receive electronically will be loaded onto this PC and checked for compatibility. Speakers can also use their own computers for the presentation if that is more convenient. If any additional audio visual equipment is required, then please contact us as soon as possible, so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

We would appreciate a copy of the material (slides/transparencies) that you are going to present one week prior to the meeting. We use these to provide the delegates with a CD or hard-copy of the meeting presentations (in .pdf format on CD). We can accept most formats electronically, and they should be sent to our event co-ordinator Lesley Breen (

Registrations, Payments and General Queries should be sent to:

Lesley Breen
The Applied Control Technology Consortium
Industrial Systems and Control Ltd.
50 George Street
G1 1QE
Scotland, UK
Tel.: (+44) 0141 553 1111
Fax.: (+44) 0141 553 1232

Terms and Conditions

Fees are payable in advance. Full payment, or proof of payment, must accompany all registrations. Your registration is not confirmed until payment is received.

Cancellation: Fees will be refunded, less 10% handling charge, for any cancellation received in writing 14 days prior to the course. For cancellations after this date and no shows, we reserve the right to charge the full rate. Substitute delegates are welcome at any time. We also reserve the right to modify or cancel training courses, giving adequate notice and refunds to registrants.

VAT (Value Added Tax): Companies within the UK pay the amount excluding VAT. Companies from other European Community countries pay the amount excluding VAT only when the company VAT ID No has been provided. If this is not provided then the amount including VAT will be charged at the current UK rate of 17.5%. Companies from outside the European Community pay the amount excluding VAT.