Portland Engineering Advanced Control controls engineering services refers to a broad range of techniques and technologies implemented within industrial process control systems. Advanced process controls are usually deployed optionally and in addition to basic process controls. Basic process controls are designed and built with the process itself, to facilitate basic operation, control and automation requirements. Advanced process controls are typically added subsequently, often over the course of many years, to address particular performance or economic improvement opportunities in the process.
Process control implies process industries, which includes water treatment, wastewater treatment, food processing, power generation, etc. These industries are characterized by continuous processes and fluid processing, as opposed to discrete parts manufacturing, such as automobile or electronics manufacturing. The term process automation is essentially synonymous with process control.
Our process controls are implemented within the process control system, typically a distributed control system (DCS), programmable logic controller (PLC), and/or a supervisory control computer. DCSs and PLCs are typically industrially hardened and fault-tolerant. Supervisory control computers are often not hardened or fault-tolerant, but they bring a higher level of computational capability to the control system, to host valuable, but not critical, advanced control applications. Basic controls reside in the DCS and its subsystems, including PLCs. Advanced controls may reside in either the DCS or the supervisory computer, depending on the application.
Advanced Control | Automated Assembly | Batch Control & Batch Processing | Computer Aided Design (CAD) & Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) | Cloud Based Applications & Software | Control System Design | Control Panel Design | Data Processing, Collection, Reporting, Management & Analytics | Distributed Control Systems (DCS) & DCS Migration | Dedicated Controls | Discrete Control | Energy Management | Ethernet/IP | Factory Automation | Fault tolerant Systems | Field Service | Flow Control | HMI/OI | Industrial Engineering | Industrial Ethernet | Information Integration | Information Systems | Input & Output Modules | Installation & Startup | Level Control | Machine Design, Control, Repair & Maintenance | Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) | Modbus TCP | Motors, Drives & Motion Control | Networking & Communications | Programmable Automation Controllers (PACs) | Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) | Pressure Control | Process Control | Process Engineering | Product Tracking, Identification, RFID, Barcodes & Matrix Codes | Profibus & Profinet | Project Management | Pumps, Compressors & Turbines | Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Systems | Sensors | Systems Engineering | Radio, Wireless & Cellular Telemetry | Temperature Control | Maintenance Training & Education | Operations Training & Education | Virutalization | Wireless | Wireless Ethernet