SMC Three-Phase Separator

The new 3-Phase Separator Training System from SMC emulates the industrial separation process of the oil, gas and water obtained from oil wells during the oil production process. The process is performed with all gaseous and liquid components in a pressurized container. A Three Phase Separator for oil production is a large container designed to separate the fluids obtained from the well into its individual constituent components: oil, gas and water. These types of separators are based on the principle that the three components have different densities. This allows separating them when they move slowly, the gas in the upper part, the water in the bottom and the oil in the middle. SMC’s new 3-Phase Separator Training System includes all hardware, software, and learning content for effective training in process control and three-phase separation concepts.

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SMC’s low cost, tabletop 3 Phase Separator training system delivers a wide range of basic and advanced technologies, fully integrated with Dynamic System Control software.

TPS 200 is a Desktop Three Phase Separator that utilizes standard industrial hardware, non-toxic oil and a PC-based DCS style control interface.


TPS-200 system allows the user to explore more about the fundamentals of three phase separation. The oil, gas, water separation basics can be learned with this system:

  • Physical layout (visual and practical)
  • Flow vs. residence time (visual and theoretical)
  • Flow vs. compositions (visual and using sim model)
  • Pressure vs. flow/gas rates (visual and theoretical).
  • Pressure vs. compositions (using sim model).
  • Temperature vs. compositions (using sim model).


With the new TPS-200 system the user will be able to work and develop different skills using the following control systems:

  • Transmitters (pressure, flow, level and interface level).
  • Level Control (several sensor types, PID tuning and variable cascade control).
  • Pressure control (PID tuning and several sensor types).
  • Flow control (fluid flow control, ratio flow control and direct flow control).
  • PLC system (PLC ladder may be viewed and limit switches).
  • Safety Systems (ESD and cause and effect)

Separation Basics include:

  • Physical layout – visual and practical
  • Flow vs. Residence Time – visual and theoretical
  • Flow vs Composites – using sim model (multiple); visual (2 component)
  • Pressure vs Flow/Gas Rates – visual and theoretical
  • Press vs Composites – using sim model (multiples)
  • Temp vs Compositions – using sim model (multiple)

DCS System includes:

  • Introduction to Graphics Style
  • Line color / pipe color
  • Line following
  • Several Control Type Examples
  • Measurement Unit Conversion
  • Alarms
  • Trend Displays
  • Action Replays
  • Pre-Prepared Sequencing

Simulation Model includes:

  • Separation Fundamentals
  • Multiple Component
  • DCS Introduction
  • Practice the Procedures
  • Practice the Measurements
  • Effect of Temperature
  • Tune the Controllers
  • Safety Systems

Control System includes:

  • Transmitters
  • Level Control
  • Pressure Control
  • Flow Control
  • PLC System
  • Safety System

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