PID tuning: A low cost way to boost process performance

Posted by Christiaan Moons on Feb 8, 2021 4:41:32 PM

As a production manager, you have one main goal: optimal and stable operations. You need to reach your production targets while taking care of the plant’s efficiency and safety. Optimal functioning of the entire production process in its broadest sense — achieving objectives for safety, quality, quantity, costs, environmental impact and reliability — is your responsibility. A low cost way t boost process performance therefore may seem like the holy grail.

In this blog, we'll describe 6 ways how PID Tuning boosts plant performance. Are you curious about this holy grail yet?

A stable plant with PID tuning 

It’s no secret that excellent PID tuning contributes to a stable plant with fewer variations and
fluctuations. An optimal and stable plant results in extra throughput and several percentages reduction of specific energy consumption. Additional throughput is highly desired in high market conditions, while the specific energy consumption might be more interesting when selling prices are low and energy prices high. In all cases, more stability results in fewer alarms, fewer operator interventions, less unscheduled shutdowns, and less wear and tear of the
equipment.

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PID tuning software

PID tuning software helps you to tune the PID loops faster and more efficiently. Once the PID loops are optimally tuned, you can put the controllers in automatic mode. That saves you a lot of time and headaches, as you don’t have to worry about them for a long time.

We share six ways how optimal PID tuning boosts your plant performance:

  1. More throughput: Good PID tuning enables you to increase the plant’s production performance by lavishing towards the limits of the plant.

  2. Higher energy efficiency and more profit: PID tuning software allows you to correctly set up PID controllers. This increases energy efficiency and reduces the amount of specific energy.

  3. Longer run lengths of the plant: There are less unforeseen shutdowns and related costs when your plants runs smoothly.

  4. Operator ease because of fewer alarms in the DCS: More PID controllers in automatic mode means more hands off operations and fewer alarms.

  5. Higher quality of the product: Fewer fluctuations and variations result in a higher consistency of your product quality. When quality is perfectly controlled it becomes possible to operate closer to, for example; impurity limits, resulting in reduced energy costs.

  6. Reaching the plants (daily) targets: In modern markets, the target of the plant can change very frequently, even on a daily basis. It makes it very difficult — in combination with changing feedstocks and varying energy prices — to operate at the optimal
    working point at all times.

Six ways how PID Tuning boosts plant performance

Would you like to learn how PID tuning improves process performance and how software helps you to achieve optimal PID tuning? Download the whitepaper: 'Six ways how
PID Tuning boosts plant performance'.

 

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Or do you want to know what INCATools PID Tuning can offer you? Request your demo here.

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