Abstract: A new set of tools, including controller scaling, controller parameterization and practical optimization, is presented to standardize controller tuning. Controller scaling is used to frequency-scale an existing controller for a large class of plants, eliminating the repetitive controller tuning process for plants that differ mainly in gain and bandwidth. Controller parameterization makes the controller parameters a function of a single variable, the loop-gain bandwidth, and greatly simplifies the tuning process. Practical optimization is defined by maximizing the bandwidth subject to the physical constraints, which determine the limiting factors in performance. Collectively, these new tools move controller tuning in the direction of science.