A proportional integral derivative (PID) control loop monitors an input or process variable, compares the variable’s current value to a desired value (a setpoint), and calculates an output to keep the value very close to the setpoint.
PID loops are used extensively in heating and cooling (HVAC) systems and for other industrial systems as well.
Effective with PAC Project and firmware R9.5a, we've changed some PID algorithms. To resolve an issue caused when PID input is supplied by the host, we've changed three algorithms: ISA, Parallel, and Interacting. (The Velocity algorithm was already changed when Velocity Type C replaced Velocity Type B.) For more information about the issue, see KB82058.
When you're configuring a new PID loop, especially if the input is supplied by the host, we recommend you use one of the newer algorithms. When you configure a PID loop, they are listed as:
- Velocity (Type C)
All your older PID loops will continue to run, and you can continue to use the obsolete algorithms as well if you wish, though the new ones are recommended. In the configuration list, older algorithms are labeled Obsolete, like this:
- Velocity (Type B) Obsolete
- ISA (Obsolete)
- Parallel (Obsolete)
- Interacting (Obsolete)
And as always, please contact Opto 22 Product Support if you have questions.