Understanding Control Technologies



This three-day course introduces the basic control engineering concepts in terms of Linear Systems Models, Classical Control Theory and Practical Aspects in Control. The course presents analysis of a linear control system in terms of stability and performance. In addition, Classical Control Method such as PID controller (including tuning methods) and lead-lag compensator are also covered. Significant hands-on examples are used to reinforce the lectures.

This is one of our most popular training courses. It has been developed and refined over two decades and has been presented multiple times at companies around the world. It is especially useful to those engineers who use control techniques in their everyday work but need a refresher or have only had some introduction to control engineering at university. It is also beneficial to engineers such as calibration engineers or software engineers who work with control experts and need some understanding of the modelling and control methods they are using to ensure a successful and efficient implementation.

A lot of the course material is motivational to encourage use of the techniques rather than dealing with the background in mathematics. As with all ISC training courses, discussions and questions will be encouraged.The hands-on exercises in MATLAB/Simulink software will help engineers really understand the modelling and design techniques and can be retained by the attendees.

There will also be time during coffee and lunch breaks for the engineers to talk to the instructors about their specific problems whether they be concerned with modelling, simulation, control, condition monitoring or problems with implementation.


Michael Grimble

Professor Michael Grimble

Professor Mike Grimble has a good understanding of the needs of industry having first worked for Ciba Geigy and then for Associated Electrical Industries which became GEC at Rugby. During his time on the Industrial Automation Group at Imperial College he worked on the modelling for control of cold rolling mills. He later set up industrial groups first at what is now Sheffield Hallam University and secondly at the University of Strathclyde where he still works as a Research Professor. His interests are on the design of high performance and robust control systems for applications across industrial sectors. His industrial background is valuable to provide motivation and insights on the industrial training courses.


Dr Pawel Majecki

Dr Pawel Majecki undertook his research studies in the Industrial Control Centre at Strathclyde University and later joined Industrial Systems and Control Ltd. ISC was established to encourage technology transfer and Pawel has worked for major international companies on the application of advanced control methods, often involving predictive or optimal controls. He has also been involved in control training courses run in the UK, Norway, Italy, Spain and USA. His extensive experience in the use of MATLAB/Simulink is valuable on the training courses hands-on where delegates often gain greater insight into these tools in addition to their value in explaining how the design methods are applied.

Delegates will find that both instructors are very happy to answer questions or discuss industrial problems they may have in coffee breaks, lunch breaks and at the end of the day.

Additional Information

Event Venue

Premier Inn Glasgow (city centre, close to train stations/hotels)


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Agenda (Download PDF)

Timings may change slightly.

Day 1: Linear Systems Models

9.00 Welcome
9.10 Introduction to and the The Need for Control
10.15 Fundamentals of Modelling and Simulation
11.15 Hands-On Session: Modelling for Controller Design using MATLAB/SIMULINK
12.30 LUNCH
13.30 Linear Dynamic Systems and Transfer Functions
14.45 Frequency Response Analysis (Bode, Nichols and Nyquist)
15.45 Hands-On Session: Linear System Representations
17.00 CLOSE

Day 2 - Classical Control Design

09.00 Fundamentals of Feedback Control Design (Performance, Stability & Disturbance Rejection)
10.30 Hands-On Session - Control Fundamentals
11.30 Frequency Domain Control Design - Lead-Lag Compensation
12.30 LUNCH
13.30 Hands-On Session: Frequency Domain Control Design
14.30 Control System Structures – Feedforward/Feedback Control, Cascade
15.45 Introduction to PID Controllers – Basics of PID Control
17.00 CLOSE

Day 3 - Practical Aspects in Control

09.00 Introduction to PID Controllers - Tuning PID Methods
09.45 Hands-On Session: PID Controller Tuning
11.00 Implementation of Controller Issues - Anti-windup, Bumpless Transfer
12.00 LUNCH
13.00 Hands-On Session: Practical Aspects in Control
14.00 Discrete-Time Systems and Control – Sampling Theory, z-transforms
15.15 Hands-On Session: Discrete Time Systems
16.15 What Makes Control Difficult
17.00 CLOSE


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