Sunday Education Program
Fundamentals and Future of Industrial Refrigeration Controls
Sunday, March 6, 1pm - 5pm
In modern refrigeration settings, controls are more powerful than they’ve ever been. This four-hour course will examine how controls are more and more becoming part of strategic operations, and why refrigeration professionals need to understand the architecture and capabilities of currently available control systems. We’ll look at the fundamentals of automated controls; the needs of end users when it comes to controls; opportunities in cloud-based controls and the accompanying security issues; and value-added benefits provided by automated controls.
Fundamentals of the Controls Infrastructure
Director of Engineering
Understanding the fundamentals of refrigeration control systems is useful for anyone working in the industry. This presentation will help define the concepts of control system inputs and outputs (IO), control tasks, and provide description and comparisons of centralized vs distributed architectures. Special focus is given on network and communication structures in the different architectures including the human machine interface (HMI) and data visibility. Backup power and emergency & safety system integration is considered along with industry challenges and opportunities.
- Distributed controls vs. centralized controls
- Basics of digital inputs and outputs, analog inputs and outputs, and communications
- How does selection of controls affect processes?
- Pros and cons of wireless sensors