Process Control (Page 12)

Industrial Automation and Process Control.

This is part of an user manual i used to give for cooling controllers – app007.pdf

The Logic of cooling in temperature control is inverted, Activating the relay powers a compressor which cools the system. A small modification at the output stage, makes any heating controller into a cooling controller. It can also be done with external relay logic, but make sure on power failure (control power line) the compressor ( 3 ph power) shuts down. In all heating and cooling control, when a broken or disconnected sensor is detected, the controller should turn off all outputs and indicate a fault condition.

Cooling Controller

Before you use a Controller to Cool a Chamber to Say +5 Deg C.

First :

Do not Connect the Controller. Directly Connect the Cooling Device e. g. : Compressor. to the system and check the maximum cooling it can produce. In case temperature goes to 0 deg or -10 deg then by using a STC1000 you can control at +5 deg.

But if directly you get cooling of only upto +10 deg then it is impossible for any controller to produce extra cooling, in such a case as this use a better compressor or more insulation.

Second :

Connect Sensor properly and replace when broken keep sensor close to the source of cooling.

Third :

Deadband (DB) at minimum is 1 Deg this is the best setting, maximum setting of deadband may increase compressor life and also save power but will produce a huge variation in temperature.

Fourth :

If large Variation of temperature is present and you need accurate control Reduce deadband to min.

Unit is factory set db at 1 deg, remove seal tape before dead band adjustment.

These are documents and circuits which will help learn Basic Temperature closed loop control, There are many ways to control temperature.

  • ON-OFF Hysteresis or Dead Band Control.
  • Proportional Control with Reset.
  • Full PID Control, Manual and Auto Tune.

The first one is an electronic emulation of Thermostat or Electro-Mechanical Controls. The second is a Time-Proportional like a slow PWM. The third is the complete adaptive control.

While the first is like a limit switch, the second works like a SMPS, the third PID takes into account the speed of the process and dynamic changes or disturbances of the system and compensates in real time.

Example – In a Oven, one batch may have 100 metal boxes to heat, the second batch may have 10 boxes, the door may be frequently opened and the mains power (heater) may be fluctuating. A system that is able to adapt to these changes, without much readjustments is the objective of an ideal process control. The Accuracy and the Energy efficiency being the most important.

Process control Application notes

  • Temperature control in plastic injection molding
  • Cooling Temperature Control
  • Capacitor Temperature Monitor