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Swamped by jargon?

If you’re involved in the manufacturing industries, shouldn’t you know something about the process itself? Unfortunately, for many managers in industry, the term process control has acquired a mystique and impenetrability that makes it no longer relevant to the real world populated by real people. And yet, despite all the jargon, process control is both relevant and simple since, basically, it's all about trying to produce a better product, at less cost, in a shorter time!

Not that you'd glean this from the average process control engineer! His language is his alone:

"... making use of a split architectural decentralised philosophy, the platform-independent MicroAA4721 FEstus software package combines the advantages of hard-wired logic with free-format programming thus optimising all available technology resources to produce a synergistic solution ... “.

Now, here at last is a course specifically designed to bring you up to date with what’s going on in your plant.

Specially targeted at the layman, this workshop, ‘Process Control – a Primer for Beginners’, sets out to explain, in simple understandable language, the basic principles of process control — what it is, how it works, and what it can do for you.

The course also serves as an introduction to non-specialists — providing a broad overview of modern process control technology.

What you will learn

The course is based on a wealth of experiential knowledge gleaned from the author's experience working within a systems integration company and also feedback from more than 4000 technicians and engineers who have attended the author’s workshops. On successful completion of this workshop delegates will be able to:

  • A background into the jargon used in process control
  • An insight into measurement technologies
  • An appreciation of ‘interfacing’ problems
  • An introduction to digital logic
  • A background to sequencing and interlocking
  • An understanding of the PLC
  • The background to SCADA systems
  • What is ‘fuzzy logic’
  • The problems faced by the process control engineer and the reality of what is possible

Who should attend

This workshop is specially designed for the layman. Presented in an easy-to-understand format, the workshop provides a meaningful background to anyone involved in the manufacturing industry — for management who want to know a little of how their plant is controlled; for human resource managers; for buyers; administrators; financial personnel; and for sales staff.

The course also serves as an introduction to non-specialists — providing a broad overview of modern process control technology.

  • Senior and junior management
  • Human resources management
  • Sales and marketing
  • Buyers
  • Administrators
  • Electricians
  • Mechanical engineers/technicians


Workshop length

1 days

What you will receive

  • “Process Control – a Primer for Beginners” – a 200-page reference book. Author: M. A. Crabtree. Published February 2004.
  • Acrobat copy of all PowerPoint slides used in the presentation on USB Flash Memory Drive.
  • Certification of attendance: each delegate will receive a workshop certificate documenting their attendance

What people say:

“Mick has received excellent reviews and positive feedback for all his courses. His down-to-earth, practical, and entertaining approach makes him a sought-after speaker and lecturer in a wide variety of disciplines.” - IDC Technologies
“Presented in an easily understood manner.” - E. Maughn, Eskom
“Really knows his subject.” M. Radcliff, Houston Texas
“Easily followed the presentation without difficulty.” - P. Westwood, Summit Controls, Canada



  • Modern Instrumentation
  • Control Systems


  • Overview
  • Temperature
  • Flow
  • Pressure
  • Level

Trip Amplifiers

  • Taking action



  • Mimics
  • Annunciators
  • First out sequencing

Recording and Logging

Digital Logic

  • ‘AND’ gates
  • ‘OR’ gates ‘NAND’ and ‘NOR’ gates
  • Combinational logic
  • ‘XOR’ gate


Digital Logic

Interlocking Systems

  • Tank level control
  • Relays vs. SSRs
  • Relay logic


  • Background
  • Structure
  • Scan program
  • I/O modules
  • Ladder logic programming

SCADA Systems

  • Hardware considerations
  • Software considerations
  • Communication issues

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Basic Control Systems

  • ON/OFF control
  • Proportional control
  • Proportional offset
  • Reset
  • Integral action
  • Derivative action
  • PID control

Fuzzy Logic

Safety Systems

  • Rationale
  • Bophal
  • SILs
  • Architecture
  • Critical safety instruments


  • Choked flow
  • Pressure recovery
  • Flashing and cavitation
  • Valve construction
  • Valve characteristics
  • Inherent
  • Profiling
  • Installed
  • Cavitation control
  • Actuators
  • Diaphragm
  • Cylinder
  • Electric
  • Valve positioners
  • Deadband and hysterisis
  • Stick-slip
  • Testing procedures and analysis
  • Effect of valve performance on controllability

Distributed Control Systems

Problems and Reality