Gregory K. McMillan

Gregory K. McMillan

Gregory K. McMillan is a retired senior fellow from Solutia Inc. During his 33 year career with Monsanto Company and its spin off Solutia Inc, he specialized in improving loop performance, controller tuning, valve dynamics, opportunity assessments, dynamic simulation, fermentor control, pH control, and reactor control. Greg is the author of more than 80 articles and papers and 20 funny and serious books. Greg’s most recent humorous books are: The Funnier Side of Retirement for Engineers and People of the Technical Persuasion and The Life and Times of an Automation Professional. His latest technical books are New Directions in Bioprocess Modeling and Control, Essentials of Modern Measurements and Final Elements in the Process Industry, Advanced Temperature Measurement and Control - 2nd Ed, and 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career. He is also author of the ISA best sellers titled Advanced Control Unleashed, Good Tuning: A Pocket Guide - 3rd ed., Advanced Control Unleashed, and The Funnier Side of Retirement for Engineers and People of the Technical Persuasion. He has contributed to several handbooks, is the editor of the Process/Industrial Instrumentation and Controls handbook, and has written a monthly “Control Talk” column for Control and has written a dozen articles for Control and InTech since 2002. Greg posts blogs on the Control Global site and tips on International Society of Automation (ISA) Interchange site.

As an affiliate professor of Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri from 2001 to 2003 he developed a virtual plant and course on modeling and control as practiced in the process industry for chemical engineers using the book Advanced Control Unleashed.

Greg is an ISA Fellow and received the ISA “Kermit Fischer Environmental” Award for pH control in 1991, the Control Magazine “Engineer of the Year” Award for the Process Industry in 1994, and was one of the first inductees into the Control Magazine “Process Automation Hall of Fame” in 2001. Greg was honored as one of InTech’s 50 most influential innovators for advancing automation and control technologies and received the ISA Life Time Achievement Award in 2010. He received a BS from Kansas University in 1969 in engineering physics and an MS from Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla) in 1976 in electrical engineering (control theory). Greg contracts as a consultant at Emerson Process Management through CDI Process and Industrial and is a part time consultant at MYNAH Technologies. Greg was the program committee chair for ISA Automation Week 2011.

Greg's expertise is available on these websites:

http://www.controlglobal.com/blogs/controltalkblog/

http://automation.isa.org/author/gregmcmillan/

Process Control Case Histories: An Insightful and Humorous Perspective from the Control Room

Process Control Case Histories
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03/15/2010

Gregory K. McMillan

With a dose of humor to sweeten a serious message, noted control systems author Greg McMillan offers an experienced-based guide to what can so often go wrong with the systems that measure, regulate, and control industrial processes—from pH measurements to temperature and pressure monitors to process interlock problems.

Using anecdotes, dialogue and dramatized skits, the book helps make more vivid the abstract concepts of how control systems actually do—or don’t—work in real industrial settings.

Centrifugal and Axial Compressor Control

Centrifugal and Axial Compressor Control Cover
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03/15/2010

Gregory K. McMillan

The efficiency and on stream time of axial and centrifugal compressors is important for many production units and utility systems. Surge, in particular, can cause system downtime and increase energy use. The flow reversals every few seconds cause severe vibrations that can damage compressor seals and shafts reducing compressor efficiency. And the loss of forward flow often initiates shutdowns of production lines.

Tuning and Control Loop Performance, Fourth Edition

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12/18/2014

Gregory K. McMillan

Tuning and Control Loop Performance, Fourth Edition provides the knowledge to eliminate the misunderstandings, realize the difference between theoretical and industrial application of PID control, address practical difficulties, improve field automation system design, use the latest PID features, and ultimately get the best tuning settings that enables the PID to achieve its full potential.