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Control of color in dyed paper Bond, Tracy


This paper will examine and evaluate via computer simulations different methods, both adaptive and non-adaptive, for the feedback control of the color of dyed paper. The objectives are to maintain the paper color at a desired setpoint despite disturbances such as addition of recycled dyed paper (i.e. broke), and to perform color changes as smoothly as possible. The dynamics of a three dye system are multivariable and nonlinear with a significant transport time delay: thus the incentive for adaptive control. Several predictor-based and Dahlin controllers with gain scheduling are designed, tested in simulation, and compared. Adaptive versions using parameters identified with Recursive Least Squares (RLS) are also tested. For practical applications, the non-adaptive Dahlin algorithm with gain scheduling is shown to offer the best performance, together with relative ease of use.

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