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In this paper an approach to design controllers based on principal components analysis (PCA) models is presented. Closed-loop control can be formulated and implemented within the reduced space defined by a PCA model. This PCA controller, results in an integral controller, which can be used as an inferential controller when a measurement of a primary variable is not available. The main contributions of the paper are: a) the incorporation of an adjustable gain on the classical PCA controller; b) the proposal of a set of tuning rules; c) the performance evaluation of this new controller, in nominal operation conditions and in faulty situations. Some experimental results, obtained with the three tank benchmark (European COSY project), are presented.