Acronyms & Terms Glossary

Industrial Control Systems

A collective term used to describe different types of control systems (e.g., SCADA, DCS, etc.) and associated instrumentation, which include the devices, systems, networks, and controls used to operate and/or automate industrial processes.

For advanced control systems, aeSolutions process control specialists solve problems with Advanced Regulatory Control (ARC) when single variable PID control is not adequate. Cascade, feed forward, ratio, Smith predictor, and override controls are standard methods to include an additional process variable in PID loops to compensate for process dead time, or non-linearity. Multivariable and model-based controls are employed for more complex process automation challenges encountered in chemical plants and refineries.