Drag-and-drop graphical user interface for process control education
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One of the difficulties in process control education consists of providing a theoretical foundation maintaining the practicality. Experimental laboratories represent a powerful option to avoid this gap. An experimental laboratory must include industrial equipment and software systems in order to provide a real experience. However, industrial equipment demands several timeconsuming procedures (i.e. training, configuration, etc). A Drag-and-Drop Graphical User Interface (GUI) is designed to facilitate these procedures and to assist students in achieving deeper understanding on process control. The GUI allows students the implementation and evaluation of different process control strategies exploiting industrial equipment. Early results are motivating. © American Society for Engineering Education, 2008.