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PID Control Primer, $17. Companion Software $11

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Dwstclair, Apr 1, 2004.

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  1. Dwstclair

    Dwstclair Guest

    For a booklet on PID control without the math refer to web page
    http://members.aol.com/pidcontrol/. It describes the Second Edition of
    Controller Tuning and Control Loop Performance, a Primer, by David W. St.
    Clair, which has sold 29,740 copies to date. The cash discounted price is $17
    if sent to the US.That page links to one about companion software ($11).

    If you have trouble reaching that site or would rather not bother, you may
    e-mail me for the information.

    .
    Straight-Line Control Co., Inc.
     
  2. I've seen this add from time to time. Being a self edumacated hobbyist,
    I would be interested in this if it's of any practical value. Does
    anyone here (besides Dwstclair of course) have some kind of opinion on
    this material? Thanks for reading this.
     
  3. John Jardine

    John Jardine Guest

    The material, like it's machine generated spam and absent begettor, can be
    of no value.
     
  4. I bought a copy a few years ago, and corresponded with the author on a
    couple points about implementation of PID algorithms in digital
    computers. I think I made a small contribution on the one about
    cascade loops. It is pretty pricey compared to books you can pick up
    second hand, now, on the internet, but it is useful, practical advice
    on tuning industrial controllers. There are also lots of free
    tutorials on the subject on the net.

    If you would like to read an introduction to the subject that uses
    very little math, I wrote a tuning tutorial that is stored at:

    http://www.tcnj.edu/~rgraham/PID/popelish.html

    This all relates to amplifier feedback stability and frequency
    response, except the frequencies involved in amplifiers are orders of
    magnitude higher. But the concepts apply.

    The purpose of the book is to teach you how to tune the response (the
    Proportional, Integral and Derivative values) of industrial process
    controllers like these, for example:

    http://www.eurotherm.com/products/controllers/series_3000/
    http://www.process-controls.com/Modtronics/Love_Temperature_Controllers.html
    http://www.inotek.com/Catalog/redlionth.html
    http://oeiweb.omron.com/Products-Temp.shtm
    http://www.watlow.com/products/controllers/

    As well as distributed control systems that provide PID control loops.
     
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