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Experimental Comparison of the Performance of Different Chain Conveyor Controllers

Barton, A D and Lewin, P L (2000) Experimental Comparison of the Performance of Different Chain Conveyor Controllers Proceedings of the I MECH E Part I Journal of Systems & Control Engineering, 214, (5), pp. 361-9.

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Current control methods for chain conveyor systems in manufacturing consist almost exclusively of proportional, integral and differential (PID) control implemented using programmable logic controllers (PLC). The necessity of reducing manufacturing costs requires that the throughput of the conveyor system is increased. As the maximum accelerations allowable are strictly limited, this requires that control accuracy is improved. This paper investigates the possibility of improving the position control of the conveyor system by replacing the PID controller with a model-based controller. Two types of model-based controller are presented and tested experimentally. By constructing a suitable performance index, the performance of the various controllers is then compared with that achieved using PID control.

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Published date: November 2000
Organisations: EEE


Local EPrints ID: 254008
ISSN: 0959-6518
PURE UUID: d8ebb227-64f1-4229-b530-2568e0f9c294

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Date deposited: 26 Jun 2003
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 09:55

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Author: A D Barton
Author: P L Lewin

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