DeltaV InSight Control Performance Software Screencast

This week’s DeltaV News RSS Feed announced the DeltaV InSight integrated control performance software package. The news release described the method for improved control performance:

DeltaV InSight automatically learns users’ processes with embedded learning algorithms running at the controller level and develops process models based on day-to-day operations. These models allow users to identify operational benchmarks, diagnose problems and calculate optimum loop tuning across the entire control system.

Upon process changes like an operator setpoint change or a sequential logic-induced change which causes the process to move to a new operating state, the software learns the dynamics of the process from this change and provides recommendations on new tuning calculations. I discussed his capability in detail in an earlier post with DeltaV Advanced Control product manager, John Caldwell.

Over the years, I’ve become a fan of blogger and new Microsoft employee, Jon Udell and his use of screencasts. These short screen-captured videos really save thousands of words and help quickly demonstrate something he is discussing.

DeltaV InSight Screencast

I spoke with John Caldwell and he agreed to give it a go and do a quick screencast of DeltaV InSight.

The screencast begins with a one-slide overview of DeltaV InSight followed by a demonstration of the software. I hope it conveys in its 3:22 second run-time a sample of this process of recognizing, learning, recommending, and implementing the change. There is also a product data sheet and whitepaper now available presenting additional capabilities.

John adds that the development team worked closely with several process manufacturers in developing and testing this functionality. We developed a video from one of the manufacturers, Lubrizol, last fall to document some of the initial results they saw.

Posted Wednesday, March 7th, 2007 under Process Optimization, Screencast.

2 comments

  1. Wow, this is neat technology… and neat technology to show off the neat technology. Where was this technology when I was sweating through manually tuning plastics extruder barrel zones or freezing in my bunny suit manually tuning cascade loops on a semiconductor wafer oven? [Answer: a long way in the future.]
    You will be describing screencasting tools with the same zeal you evangelize RSS, right?

  2. Carl, Thanks for your comment. We’ll be trying to screencast more anyway, if not preaching about it! For this one we used Camtasia Studio to put the screencast together.

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