actlogo.gif Applied Control Technology Consortium (ACTC) / Emerson Process Management


6th - 8th February 2007, Stockport, UK

Industrial Process Control training
that makes a difference to you and your plant

  • 3-day structured programme delivered by leading experts
  • Hands-on exercises to reinforce learning
  • Control and monitoring methods with proven application
  • Comprehensive course notes

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ACTC member companies are entitled to two free places. Discounts are available for students/academics, IET/InstMC/IChemE members and group bookings (see the Registration Form below for details). A printable registration form is also available, or you can register by calling Lesley Breen on (+44) 0141 553 1111.

There are a limited number of places and allocation is on a first come first served basis, so early registration is advised.

About PCA2007 and Agenda

The PCA 2007 training and awareness event follows on from the successful first Process Control Academy held in 2005, and has been revised taking into account delegate feedback to include hands-on exercises. The main theme of the event 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 based on 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 experienced engineers. 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 was once only found in oil refineries, new tools are allowing this technology to extend to other processes. The additional complexity of nonlinearities, such as pH and changing product grade and throughput, is covered together with proven and new control strategies to overcome them. Again hands-on exercises will reinforce the lectures.

Day 3 - "Fault Detecton through Condition Monitoring and Process Monitoring"

The final day provides a thorough overview of developments in condition monitoring and plant-wide monitoring for fault detection and root cause analysis. There will be an introduction to the basic techniques and the categorisation of different methods, including smart sensors, rotating machinery monitoring, process analytics and data driven fault detection. The advantages, disadvantages and potential for method will be explored.

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


9:00The Elements of a Control System 9:00Introduction to Model Predictive Control 9:00Do you control your machinery, or does it control you?
9:45The Process and Dynamics 9:45Computer Based Exercise - Basics of Model Predictive Control - FMEA, Machinery Condition Monitoring and Root Cause Analysis
10:30Tea/Coffee 10:30Tea/Coffee 10:30Tea/Coffee
10:50Computer Based Exercise - Obtaining Process Dynamics 10:50MPC - a Useful but not Necessarily Optimal Tool 10:50Title TBC
11:35Applying Control to the Processes 11:35Adaptive Predictive Expert Control Industrial Application 11:35Process Monitoring and Data Visualisation Techniques
12:30Lunch 12:20Lunch 12:20Lunch
1:30Computer Based Exercise - PID Tuning 1:30Computer Based Exercise - Adaptive Predictive Control 1:30Application of Principal Component Analysis (PCA) to Process Plant
2:15What Makes Control Difficult 2:15Computer Based Exercise - Using PCA
3:00Tea/Coffee 2:30Tea/Coffee 3:15Tea/Coffee
3:15Enhanced Process Control 2:50Industrial Evolution of Nonlinear Predictive Control 3:30Advances in Plant-Wide Controller Performance Assessment
4:00Computer Based Exercise - Enhanced Control 3:50A New Design Tool for Simple Nonlinear Controllers 4:15Process Control Academy 2007 Review
4:45Close 4:40Close 4:30Close
7:00Process Academy Dinner

Additional Information

Event Venue:

This event is being hosted by Emerson Process Management at their offices in Stockport (Horsfield Way, Bredbury, Stockport SK6 2SU Tel: 0161 430 7100). The venue provides convenient access by road (M60 Junction 25 or M56) and air (Manchester Airport). Map and travel direction can be obtained here.

There are several nearby local train stations (e.g Bredbury, 0.75 miles away) that connect from Manchester Piccadilly. However, Stockport (2 miles) is more likely to have taxis.

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On-line Registration Form and Secure Online Payments

Each ACTC member company is entitled to a maximum of two places on this event, which are provided free of charge. This is to allow each member company a fair chance of accessing each event. Some places will be made available to delegates from companies that are not ACTC members. The rate for this particular course is £900 (excl. VAT) per delegate. Discounts are available for group bookings (more than two delegates), IET / InstMC / IChemE members and students and academics (see below for details).

All delegates are required to register and can be made using this form (fields marked by * must be completed). Please ensure the payment details section of the form is completed. Alternatively, a printable registration form is available, or you can register by calling Lesley Breen on (+44) 0141 553 1111.

PLEASE NOTE WE CANNOT ACCEPT ANY FURTHER REGISTRATIONS FOR THIS EVENT DUE TO REACHING THE ROOM LIMIT. Please contact us (0141 553 1111 or if you would like to go on a waiting list, as we may get a cancellation of an already reserved place.

Registrations, Payments and General Queries should be sent to:

Lesley Breen
The Applied Control Technology Consortium
Industrial Systems and Control Ltd.
Level 7, Graham Hills Building
50 George Street
G1 1QE
Scotland, UK
Tel.: (+44) 0141 553 1111
Fax.: (+44) 0141 553 1232