Mipac is now offering a control loop tuning course for mineral processing plants.
The two-day program is tailored to a broad audience, from graduate process engineers and metallurgists to instrument technicians and electricians.
“The course covers tuning the most common control loops in mineral processing plants and appropriate tuning techniques are presented in a non-mathematical, hands-on way,” Mipac Director Tony Mathison says.
Realistic simulations support tuning each loop.
“We’ve made the tuning exercises as ‘real world’ as possible. Phrases such as ‘plant metallurgist’, ‘gold leaching’, ‘commissioning’, ‘correctly sized valve’ are common throughout the exercises,” Tony says.
The course is conducted at clients’ plants with a maximum of six participants.
Each participant has exclusive use of a simulation environment for lab exercises and simulation environment and labs are provided on a USB stick after the course.
“Participants will learn how to tune the most-common loop in mineral processing plants, how to diagnose common problems with control valves, and how to deal with process noise and dead time,” Tony says.
“They will also learn how to test controller performance, when to use derivative control (the deadly D), and develop formal and trial-and-error loop tuning techniques.”
“It is important that participants be familiar with basic training for mineral processing, and have some experience setting up and tuning PID controllers.”
- Control loops selected to cover a wide range of process industries
- Realistic, ‘hands on’ tuning exercises
- Supported by proven process experience
- Review of proportion, integral and derivative control principles
- Course notes
- Each participant receives standalone simulation environment on USB stick