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RT 380: Trainer for Controller Tuning

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Trainer for Controller Tuning

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Technical Description 
This benchtop trainer deals with the interaction between controller and controlled system, the objective being for the closed control loop, comprising the controller and the controlled system, to exhibit the desired optimum response. The setting of controller parameters - a key practical aspect - can be practised safely and intensively using simulation software. Concepts such as open and closed loop control, stability, step response, disturbance and control response are clearly demonstrated. The particular feature of this trainer is that no real systems are used; the controlled system is simulated on a PC by a simulation program developed by GUNT. This principle is in widespread application in product development in industry and is known as Hardware in Loop (HIL). All major types of controlled systems can be selected in the program. The system parameters can be set within broad limits so that - unlike actual controlled systems - extreme parameter situations can be investigated. The time response can be recorded and analysed using the software. The controller and the PC are connected by a data acquisition card with AD and DA converters.
The process controller that is used can be easily configured from the PC across an interface using the software provided.

Clearly structured instructional material outlines the fundamentals and provides a step-by-step guide through the exercises.

Learning Objectives / Experiments

- Learning basic terminology and methods involved
  in process control
  + control loop comprising controller and controlled
  + difference between open and closed loop control
- Adapting the controller to different controlled
  + determining the system parameters
  + choosing optimum control parameters
  + using commonly applied tuning rules
  + investigating control and disturbance response
  + investigating the stability of the closed control loop
* Closed-loop control system response1
* Choice of optimum controller parameters1
* Tuning rules such as Ziegler-Nichols1
* Stability; steady state and transient response1
* Software simulation of controlled systems


[1] Trainer for controller tuning
[2] Digital process controller, configurable as a P, PI or PID controller with interface
[3] Interface for PC
[4] Data acquisition card for PC
[5] GUNT simulation software for different controlled system types, such as first and second order lags, time-delayed systems etc.
[6] Recording and evaluation of time response on PC
[7] Configuration software for process controller
Technical Data
Digital process controller:
- configurable as P, PI or PID controller
- proportional gain Xp: 0...999.9%
- integral acton time Tn: 0...3600s
- derivative time Tv: 0...1200s
Process variables as analogue signals: 0...10V
Controlled system simulation models with proportional, integral, first-order lag, second-order lag
Time-delayed response, non-linearity and limitation possible

Dimensions and Weight
l x w x h : 370 x 330 x 150 mm
Weight : approx. 5 kg

230V, 50/60Hz, 1 phase or 120V, 50/60Hz, 1 phase or 120V, CSA, 1 phase

Scope of Delivery
1 trainer
1 data acquisition card
1 software CD with GUNT simulation software for
   controlled system models and configuration
   software for the controller
1 cable set to connect the practice unit to the PC
1 set of instructional material
Order Details
080.38000  RT 380  Trainer for Controller Tuning

Alternative products
IA 130 -- PLC Module
RT 010 -- Training System: Level Control, HSI
RT 350 -- Trainer for Industrial Controllers
RT 360 -- Networking of Industrial Controllers
RT 370 -- Trainer for Field Bus Applications

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