If the measured stiction is larger than 1%, then repairing the valve can result in much better performance and increased product quality. Reducing stiction may eliminate a troublesome cycle, resulting in product made closer to specification with less energy.
Checking a valve for stiction is the third of 5 steps to completely optimize the loop. The complete optimization steps are:
1. Statistical analysis and diagnosis from normal operating data.
2. Power Spectral Density analysis to check for hidden cycles.
3. Check and correct valve problems: stiction, hysteresis and sizing.
4. Test for and characterize non-linearities. Apply a characterizer to linearize the loop.
5. Find optimal PID Tuning parameters.
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