Temperature Control Blog by West Control Solutions

PMA Xtra Website Content Now Available at www.west-cs.co.uk

Posted by Bryony Hamm

May 16, 2018 3:15:32 PM

PMA product information is even more accessible than ever before. All content that was on the www.pma-xtra.de website is now located at www.west-cs.co.uk (English site) or www.west-cs.de (German site).

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KS Vario updated with improved response time for even more I/O flexibility

Posted by Bryony Hamm

May 16, 2018 2:33:48 PM

The KS Vario is a multi-loop controller with high loop density, designed for various industrial and heat treatment applications. The KS Vario system can control 4 to 30 temperature zones within a compact and modular design. This system consists of control and extension modules linked to the system field bus coupler. The controller base modules currently provide options for 4, 6 or 8 loops. Major communications such as Ethernet IP, Profinet Modbus are supported by the fieldbus module.

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Topics: temperature control system

Multifunction hardware with fully modular design maximizes flexibility in process control instrumentation

Posted by Bryony Hamm

Feb 23, 2018 12:33:35 PM

West Control Solutions, the global specialist in process and temperature control, continues to strengthen its extensive product portfolio. Through the company’s PMA division, it has now developed the KS98-2. This freely-programmable, simple to upgrade unit is highly suited to deployment in automated production processes - providing a compact and cost effective multifunction solution that delivers industry-leading performance.

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Topics: Temperature Controller, Programmable Temperature Controllers,, multi-loop controller

Pressure Transmitters for Demanding Industrial Applications

Posted by Bryony Hamm

Jan 31, 2018 4:10:54 PM

Based on either thin-film or micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) sensing technologies, these high performance devices have been introduced through our product range. They are optimized for use in demanding industrial environments - with industry leading resilience to shock, vibration and humidity, plus extensive temperature ranges, all being supported. Their elevated reliability characteristics are underlined by the fact that they are supplied with a 3-year warranty.

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Topics: Pressure Transmitter

5 Reasons to Use a Temperature Controller Over a PLC (pdf)

Posted by Tim Cox

Jul 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and temperature controllers serve many of the same functions in manufacturing for automating manufacturing processes, minimising staff oversight while ensuring consistent quality.

Process control devices have existed in various forms since at least the 17th century, as temperature regulators in furnaces, and later in to the 18th & 19th centuries as flyball governors on steam engines, boiler valves and other mechanical systems.

PLCs are a more modern tool that came about as a result of increased factory automation in the 20th century, particularly since the 1970s. Prior to this the same function was served by an array of mechanical components which were costly to install & repair and complicated to change when factory operations were modified (for example; if a product line was updated).

However, despite many similarities in their intended functions there are substantial differences in their setup, programming & application that often means a temperature controller is a more efficient and practical solution.

View the full feature (pdf)

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Topics: Temperature Control, PID Controllers, PID Control, Panel Mounted Temperature Controllers, temperature control system, Cascade Control

Understanding Setpoints in Temperature Control

Posted by Chloe Garrett-Dyke

Jul 6, 2015 2:17:17 PM

In temperature control applications a setpoint is the target value at which a controller attempts to maintain the process variable. This can be achieved by adjusting its control output power (the correcting variable). Controllers have a local setpoint and sometimes remote or other alternative setpoints. Setpoint values are limited by the instrument input range and any setpoint limits.

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Topics: Temperature Control, Temperature Controller, Setpoint Ramping, Remote Setpooint, Setpoint Limits, Setpoint,

Best temperature controller for thermal bonding in textiles is what it ‘seams’

Posted by Chloe Garrett-Dyke

May 28, 2015 8:15:00 AM

Fabrics, and how we join them together, continue to evolve. Ian Collins, Product Manager and Strategic Account Manager, West Controls Solutions, looks at the process of temperature control – one of the key factors that can deliver successful seam sealing and thermal bonding in textiles  

By most estimates, humankind had been joining pieces of fabric together the same way for around 25,000 years – perhaps longer - before a significant change came about in the early nineteenth century when the world’s first practicable sewing machine was invented. There’s a fascinating (silent) film here, showing how sewing machines were manufactured in the 1930s.

Textiles too have a history. While the earliest use of sewing was to stitch together animal hides, weaving and spinning have been around almost as long. For the large majority of that time, the base materials used were natural – cotton, wool and silk. However, around half a decade after the invention of the first viable sewing machine, ‘artificial silk’ – which became known as Rayon – caused a sensation at the Paris Exhibition. In 1891, commercial production of the new fabric began.

Rayon, however, was still plant-based. It wasn’t better – just significantly cheaper than natural fibres such as silk. But in 1939, DuPont began production of nylon – a textile derived from petrochemicals that was in many ways the precursor of many of the man-made fabrics we know today such as polyester, Kevlar and Nomex.

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Topics: PID Controllers, PID Control, Thermal Bonding, Textiles,, Seam Sealing

West Control Solutions and the Chocolate Factory

Posted by Chloe Garrett-Dyke

Apr 2, 2015 3:38:20 PM

Easter is nearly upon us and Easter eggs make the self-confessed chocoholic team at West Control Solutions get even more excited about temperature control.

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Topics: PID Control, Panel Mounted Temperature Controllers, Chocolate Tempering, Food & Beverage

The $3.2 billion thermostat… and a more affordable one

Posted by Chloe Garrett-Dyke

Mar 30, 2015 10:10:35 AM


In January last year, Google agreed to buy Nest Labs, a start-up company making thermostats (and, more recently, smoke detectors) for $3.2 billion. It’s an astonishing amount of money, particularly for a business that was only started in 2010. The success of the Nest ‘smart’ thermostat was based on it replacing traditional central heating programmers, which consumers find difficult to set up and, more important perhaps, it’s ability to learn. The Nest thermostat is a beautifully designed circular control that learns the pattern of temperatures that you set over time. Within a few days, it programs itself to repeat the pattern.

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Topics: Temperature Control, On Off Temperature Control, PID Control, Thermostats

Understanding Setpoint Ramping and Ramp/Soak Temperature Control

Posted by Chloe Garrett-Dyke

Sep 2, 2014 1:54:19 PM

What is Setpoint Ramping?

Many temperature controllers have the facility to ramp their effective setpoint towards the final target value at a predefined rate. A deviation alarm is often used with this feature to check that the process is closely following the ramp. When the setpoint reaches the top of the ramp, a “soak period” begins where the setpoint is maintained at this value.

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Topics: Temperature Control, Profilers, Setpoint Ramping, Ramp/Soak

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Through our blog  we aim to share our knowledge and expertise about temperature control. It is the ideal resource for individuals and companies who are looking to gain a deeper understanding about temperature control processes.

Typical topics include:  

  • Different types of control: ON/OFF, Proportional and PID...
  • Control functionality: Multi Loop Control, Ratio Control, Gain Scheduling, Using Multiple PID Sets...
  • Industry developments and advancements: HMI, Display, Software...

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