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Old 07-08-2020, 05:15 PM
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Useless controler mypia ta4

I canít believe I bought a controller for my furnace and canít find any programming to ramp it up.
What a waste. I canít believe they sell a controler you canít ramp up.
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Old 07-08-2020, 07:20 PM
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I canít believe I bought a controller for my furnace and canít find any programming to ramp it up.
What a waste. I canít believe they sell a controler you canít ramp up.
Franklin
just fixed setpoints?
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Old 07-08-2020, 07:41 PM
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I can’t believe I bought a controller for my furnace and can’t find any programming to ramp it up.
What a waste. I can’t believe they sell a controler you can’t ramp up.
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Well indeed they do. Ramp and soak has gotten more, not less expensive over time. Read the fine print, and then, read it again. I have multiple useless controllers here from Dwyer that do set point and no more. They have their uses but rarely do things a person wanting to cool products slowly would want. In LOVE, the 16 A is miles from the 16 B.
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Old 07-09-2020, 09:21 AM
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Auber seem to be cheap and nice features.

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Old 07-09-2020, 10:00 AM
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Last year I bought a cheap ramp / soak controller from Thermomart in Canada. About $100 CDN

So far, so good. It's been through about 8 cycles running a kiln.

The documentation is marginal, but it was enough for me.
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Old 07-09-2020, 10:29 AM
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New product release! USB ramp soak PID controller SYL-53X2P! Monitor and control your PID via your computer!
Looks good for 72$
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Old 07-09-2020, 01:07 PM
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Auber seem to be cheap and nice features.

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We have two aubers and the method of doing set points drives me nuts. I can't stand it. I tore it out.
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Old 07-09-2020, 02:19 PM
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Yes they have a jump instruction that really makes you jump.
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Old 07-09-2020, 06:10 PM
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Pete V has a love controller on his dishwasher annealer. Holy crap ... operating that thing is like trying to decipher the Dead Sea scrolls.

Check eBay For a used Digitry gb1. They are so easy to use.
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Old 07-10-2020, 08:46 AM
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Eric retired the dishwasher after several decades and that controller is now on the new one he built me. I agree that loves are quirky but I don't like the notion of one controller running more than one tool.
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Old 07-10-2020, 11:12 AM
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I too am not a fan of the Auber. I got a plug n play step controller, but it's logic offset is way off. I have to start it 40* higher than I want it, then slowly dial it back down til it settles out in about 2 hours. Luckily it's for a flame kiln, so flexibility of boro.
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Old 07-10-2020, 11:48 AM
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Eric retired the dishwasher after several decades and that controller is now on the new one he built me. I agree that loves are quirky but I don't like the notion of one controller running more than one tool.
Thatís where the GB 1 comes in. It only runs 1
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Old 07-10-2020, 03:42 PM
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Shawn how did you know you were 40 deg off from the actual.
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Old 07-11-2020, 09:33 AM
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Doesn't go to set temp, gets within 40* and just slowly floats up. Not a power or insulation issues, target is 500* below max temp.
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Old 07-12-2020, 03:27 PM
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Oh. I see what you mean. Did you do auto tune?
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Old 07-13-2020, 05:09 PM
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This particular model isn't their standard PID. I've done an auto tune, but still have to mess with some of the parameters. Right now it's not at a point where it's causing problems, so I just deal with it.
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Old 07-14-2020, 11:51 AM
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Do a slump test for calibrating.
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Old 07-14-2020, 05:39 PM
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Nice strategy Pete. I am using mine on the furnace.
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Old 07-15-2020, 01:10 PM
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That's not where my issues is. When I start out I have to set it to 1080 for it to settle on 1050. As the day goes on I slowly lower the temp, and after about 2 hours I can have it set at 1050 and it'll stay there. It's not a thermo error, but a controller logic one.
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Old 07-16-2020, 03:06 PM
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I am having a bad controller time.
I have a Watlow 93 and set it on calibrate inadvertently.
Itís bad. I tried to stop it but too late. It went through the sequence and The thermocouple started to act up. Showing ctazy numbers. I recalibrated again and restored the factory settings. it seem to work. But I know something must be wrong because one of the steps is to calibrate the thermocouple using a j type stub in ice which is 0;deg. I donít have that. So My temp reading is off badly.
Thanks Shawn for sharing your offset trick. Hope I can apply it now.
Thinking about Using another controller to measure the temp and comparing both readings.
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Old 07-16-2020, 03:34 PM
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My actual value is lower than the set value Of 2000 by about 40 deg at steady-state. It will never reach 2000
So if I have a set value of 2000 the controller will show a reading of 1860.
If I add offset of say 40 the actual value reading will show 1860 +40
But the Is actual temp 1860 or 2000.
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Old 07-17-2020, 12:57 AM
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Franklin,

You can check the readings by putting the thermocouple into a cup of melting ice (lots of ice with water surrounding the ice) and the controller should read 0C (32F) and into boiling water 100C (212F). This should give you an idea of if the calibration is way off. If you restored factory settings, it probably isn't too far off.

Have you tuned the controller? When tuning, you need to tune around the expected setpoint. i.e. don't autotune at 200F and expect the tuning to hold at 2000F.

I've typically tuned this generation of watlow controllers manually because the autotune makes the output hyperactive. They have a decent procedure on manual tuning in the controller manual

A 40F steady state droop seems to me that the PID settings is mostly Proportional Band and you might need a little Integral (Reset) to close the error. The Derivative will affect how fast the system gets back on the gas back to the set point after a change....like when you open the lid. Too much makes is really slow to get back to the setpoint. Too little makes it overshoot the setpoint.
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Old 07-17-2020, 06:26 AM
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Thanks Brian. Lots of good stuff to try.
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Old 07-18-2020, 08:16 PM
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I fixed the difference in temperature Between the set point and actual by tuning it but I have a slow cycling about 3 deg . Canít get steady state .
Pb1 at 1, if I go higher it will stead state at about 25 Deg or morE from the set point.
So I wil live withy the small cycle. Maybe play some more.
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Old 07-18-2020, 08:25 PM
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P = 1, I = .01 , D= 1.
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