Control Engineering

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Control Engineering

Control engineering permeates almost every aspect of our lives in our technologically shaped age. Examples include temperature control in central heating systems, automatic exposure in photo cameras, and charging controls in hybrid and electric vehicles.


In the industrial sector, the fields of application are even more diverse. Controllers for fill levels, temperatures, speeds and positions are used here, to name a few. Since early cultures, mankind has been using control and feedback control technology. Already about 300 years before Christ, the Greek technician, inventor and mathematician Ktesibios described the principle of fill level control for a water clock.

The origin of modern control engineering is marked by the development of the centrifugal governor for speed control of steam engines. This was the first industrially manufactured technical control device to be produced in series. Since then, control engineering has become an integral part of any technical field.

Regelungstechnik in der Ausbildung

Control engineering also has its permanent place in training, especially as an essential component of automation technology in conjunction with electrical engineering and mechatronics. 

Training in this area is based on a methodological foundation that has been developed over decades, but which increasingly needs to be supplemented by useful and effective laboratory equipment. In these laboratories, the learned theories can be applied by experiments of various kinds. This is the only way to increase the competence of skilled workers, technicians and engineers during their training.


ETS DIDACTIC sets new standards with its new "Process Control Board", especially when it comes to enabling high-quality and practical training while time is limited. The board deliberately focuses on teaching the basics. It is cost-effective, application-oriented and, above all, practice- and textbook-oriented in terms of system behavior.

Process Control Board

In contrast to conventional experiments in the field of control engineering, in which extensive equipment has to be set up and connected, all measuring, test and control loop components are integrated into the "Process Control Board". These components are connected by standard 2 mm strapping plugs. With the help of textbook-oriented software and predefined process data, first steps such as calculating the controller settings and checking the control loops in the stationary state can be carried out quickly and clearly. Of course, further tests with memory oscilloscopes or PC measuring interfaces are also possible at any time.

Front panel overlays simplify the test setup and draw the trainee's attention to the relevant assemblies and connections. The multi-colored, graphically designed front panel overlays for didactic reduction are adapted to the tests described in the manual.

Auflagemasken zur didaktischen Reduktion