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P, PI, and PID Controllers

Introduction to basic control action and controller

Automatic Controller

A device which compares the actual value of plant output with the desired value is called as an Automatic Controller. It determines the deviation of the system and produces the control signal that reduces the deviation to 0 and small value. The manner in which the automatic controller produces the control signal is called the control action.

Elements of industrial Automatic Controller

P, PI, and PID Controllers

The above controller consists of an error detector and amplifier. The diagram shown above contains a measuring element which is a device that converts the output variable to another variable such as displacement, pressure or electrical signals which can be used for comparing the output to the reference input signal. The reference input (setpoint) of a controller can be converted to reference input of the same units as a feedback signal from the measuring element.

So we can say from the above equation that e = r-b, i.e., the deviation is the difference between the controlled variable and set point (reference input)

Industrial controller are classified on the basis of control action as

  1. ON - OFF controller
  2. Proportional controller (P)
  3. Integral controller (I)
  4. Proportional + Integral controller (PI)
  5. Proportional +Derivative Controller (PD)
  6. Proportional +Integral + Derivative Controller (PID)

Proportional Control Action

In a controller, with proportional control action, there is a continuous relationship between the output of the controller (M) (Manipulated Variable) and Actuating Error Signal E (deviation).

P, PI, and PID Controllers
P, PI, and PID Controllers

Where, Kp is proportional gain and proportional sensitivity

Integral Control Action

P, PI, and PID Controllers

In a controller, with integral control action, the output of the controller is changed at a rate which is proportional to the actuating error signal. E (t)


P, PI, and PID Controllers

Laplace transform

P, PI, and PID Controllers

It is also known as reset controller and the above equation is the ratio of transfer function of integral controller.

Derivative Control action

P, PI, and PID Controllers

In controller with derivative control action the output of the controller depends on the rate of change of the e(t)

P, PI, and PID Controllers

Where Kd is derivative control action

By taking Laplace,

P, PI, and PID Controllers

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