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Ipsen Breaks Down PID Tuning for Validating Heat-Treating Equipment

In the complex world of thermal processing, nothing is more important than validating one’s equipment to ensure uniformity, reliability and repeatability.

One of the first steps in the validation process is tuning the proportional-integral-derivative (PID) settings in the controller to ensure that the temperature of the furnace is stable, responsive and minimizes overshooting during a heating cycle. By successfully utilizing PID tuning, users can ensure the furnace reaches and maintains the desired set point temperature, thus achieving optimal results and completing a vital step for the performance of Temperature Uniformity Surveys (TUS) and System Accuracy Tests (SAT).

In a recent blog post, PID Tuning as First Step for Preparing for TUS and SAT, Ipsen experts discuss several key steps for tuning the PID settings, as well as examine how these three settings – proportional, integral and derivative – relate to each other and impact the desired outcome. Find out how to tune the PID controller at

Ipsen’s blog, The Ipsen, Harold, also features informative videos, expert tips, throwback photos and useful resources, such as A Daily Checklist for Preventive Maintenance and their ongoing series, Finding Leaks in Your Vacuum Furnace. Focused on sharing tips of the trade, as well as breaking down technical and complex material, this blog provides readers with valuable, up-to-date thermal processing information. Make sure to check out Ipsen’s other posts and how-to videos on their blog, The Ipsen, Harold, as well as their various articles and technical resources at When it comes to valuable resources, Ipsen is your partner in success.

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