The softwares used during the training works very well. For the courses, it is amazing with great softwares ever seen before with this kind of flexibility, all videos very simple and quick understand , I have finish PID100 videos but till now I could not start with real hands-on training on (PITOP & SIMCET), because as I told you before my time is very limited especially when I on shift.
I purchased SIMCET and PITOPS software for education purposes. These programs are first of all, user friendly, easy to understand and very helpful in visualizing processes and control methods which are sometimes rather abstract to students. In comparison to some other software available, I find these two an excellent choice. For professors, PiProMaster is also indispensable since it sums up the most relevant theory in process control in a very straightforward way. In combination with customer service that is always at your disposal, these three are a definite must have.
In 2016. INA – Croatian national oil company signed contract with Picontrol solutions for implementation of Apromon and Pitops in Rijeka refinery (cca. 1000 control loops) plus Simcet for educational purposes. Additionally as part of the scope tuning of 350 loops was done by Pi control engineers. Project was executed smoothly within the budget and time( 8 months). Since I was working directly with Picontrol engineers I can whiteness their professionalism and devoutness to finalize project successfully. I think that best recommendation for the project were panel operators ( from the units that were not within the scope of 350 loops that were tuned ) when they asked when this kind of a job will be done on “their“ plants. After project closing we continued to use both Apromon and Pitops and had strong support of Picontrol colleagues whenever we needed it, so I highly recommend company and tools for “loop tuning“ type of the projects.
From the word go, I have always been excited at the thought of how PiControl represents the world of industrial process control. As a field instrument engineer, playing around with the PID loops of electronic temperature controllers was a rare luxury. Reasons: (i) you do not want to disrupt real time processes (ii) you do not want to be responsible for any colossal loss and/or downtime that can be ascribed to the disruptions you cause (iii) you do not want to lose your job as a result. To me, the foregoing nightmares are being addressed by PiControl using SIMCET & PITOPS PID-tuning demos as well as customized training courses and Picontrol is committed to the refinement of these demos on an on-going basis. Apart from risking things with real time controllers on the factory floor, you have the luxury of exploring through the same factory floor physical conditions right in your bed room or in a classroom using laptops or desktops installed with PID software simulators known as SIMCET & PITOPS.
I knew absolutely nothing in process control before getting to know PiControl Solutions. However, their excellent simple to understand training coupled with practical simulation softwares gave me the knowledge that I earnestly sought for as well as confidence in facing my world. I have successfully completed PID 100, APC 200 and OPC 500 courses and will recommend it to anyone who seeks training in process control. It is indeed the best place to be.
It was a great learning experience, The Instructor is so knowledgable, and emphasize on practical aspects as well as theory, mixing theory with practice by having PITOPS software is great way to gain real industry experience.
Your technology is 21st century. All your competitors are using old technology and complicated software. I learnt a lot from this training.
We were looking at other technologies but after we saw your PITOPS, SIMCET and training material, choosing you was quick and obvious.
The training is going very well. I have already had experience in control systems but with your training I could finally understand a lot of concepts which are not easy to get by books. I hope once I finish this training I will take the advance control process course, thanks for all your support.
We are amazed at how simple, modern and practical your software is and the training is very hands on. I learnt lot more in a week than a decade of hands-on work. And thanks to PITOPS PID optimizer and your onsite consulting services, we were able to pass government tests on frequency control.
SIMCET is both a very simple and yet powerful tool for training purposes especially when they are combined with theoretical classes, in that way hands-on part of training brings most value. PITOPS is very powerful and robust tool that is very easy to install and even connect with OPC to third party historian. With intuitive interface it is very easy to identify process model dynamics and make loop tuning both on single and cascade loops.
In April I showed the SIMCET software to a group of engineers that the University gathered looking for students for a specialization course. About 20 engineers attended the lecture and they liked the software. Yesterday I presented the PITOPS software to a control engineer from the refinery for a refinery project. From my point of view, SIMCET and PITOPS are truly amazing software products from both an academic and industrial perspective.
At the outset, it was interesting to note that ONLY you (PiControl) were able to point at anomalies in data where same change in SP gives 2 opposite reactions in PID Output. I must admit no other solution provider has noticed this mistake in our copy/paste operations. We were impressed by your unique ability and the closed-loop multi-input identification which makes PiControl technology definitely unique and unmatched.
Our refinery is interested in taking PID tuning training and DCS-based APC training conducted by PiControl. The PITOPS and SIMCET software for system identification, PID tuning optimization are very practical and easy to understand even for new engineers with no experience.
Your training totally exceeded our expectations. Training conducted by PiControl was world class. PiControl software is very user-friendly and the same software can be used as training tool as well as for use on DCS PID tuning in control room. We recommend PiControl to all industrial plants and academic colleges. The PITOPS and SIMCET process control tools are amazingly simple and powerful. We are glad we chose you over 6 bidders from North America and Europe.
The instructions on how to change the PID controller parameters are included with some DCS/controller manuals but other competitors do not show easily how to come up with the optimal PID tuning parameters. After a lot of reading and research I took your (PiControl) PID tuning training course which is full of excellent material as I have said.
Our process control engineers cannot live with PITOPS PID tuning software from PiControl.
I was very impressed about the features of your PITOPS for loop tuning. I saw the results obtained by using your tool, and could understand the overall philosophy of your product. At this moment, we are focused in the commissioning and startup of the new refinery. We will contact you for loop tuning activities.
PITOPS use for PID tuning and APC design was amazingly fast, accurate and modern. Numerous PIDs were tuned and the APC has run robustly for many years without need for any maintenance.
I attended APC100 course during 2014, and I really enjoyed it. I think the training material is both sufficient and in an easy to understand format. The course was held over a three day period, with the lecturer answering questions as they arise.