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A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge

Third Edition

Nicholas P. Sands (editor) Ian Verhappen (editor)

ISBN: 9781941546918

Publication Date: Nov 2018

Format: Hardback

The term "automation" includes all topics that have traditionally been identified using names such as instrumentation, instruments and control, process control, process automation, control systems, automation and control, manufacturing control, manufacturing automation, and system integration. This book covers the range of automation applications.
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The term "automation" includes all topics that have traditionally been identified using names such as instrumentation, instruments and control, process control, process automation, control systems, automation and control, manufacturing control, manufacturing automation, and system integration. The topics in this book represent the scope of automation application, they include:
  • Process and analytical instrumentation
  • Continuous and batch control
  • Control valves and final control elements
  • Basic discrete, sequencing, and manufacturing control
  • Advanced control
  • Digital and analog communications
  • Data management and system software
  • Networking and security
  • Safety and reliability
  • System checkout, testing, start-up, and troubleshooting
  • Project management
This edition–written by 38 leading experts from all aspects of automation–provides comprehensive information about all major topics in the broad field of automation. It serves as a technical summary of automation knowledge for those who need a complete perspective on automation including:
  • Automation professionals who need to understand the basics of an unfamiliar topic
  • Managers who need a better perspective of all aspects of automation, enabling them to better set direction and make staffing decisions
  • Those who work in fields related to automation, such as IT professionals who need to learn more about plant floor control and information systems
  • Academicians who need guidance in developing and improving curriculum or courses
  • Students, novices, and others evaluating career decisions
  • Those studying for the ISA Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®), ISA Certified Control Systems Technician® (CCST®), and/or Control Systems Engineer (CSE) exams
Nicholas P. Sands, PE, CAP, ISA Fellow, is currently a senior manufacturing technology fellow with more than 27 years at DuPont, working in a variety of automation roles at several different businesses and plants. He has helped develop several company standards and best practices in the areas of automation competency, safety instrumented systems, alarm management, and process safety. Sands has been involved with the International Society of Automation (ISA) for more than 25 years, working on standards committees, including ISA18, ISA101, ISA84, and ISA105, as well as training courses, the ISA Certified Automation Professional (CAP) certification, and section and division events. His path to automation started when he earned a BS in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech.

Ian Verhappen, P Eng, CAP, ISA Fellow, has a BS in chemical engineering with a focus on process control. His career has included stints in all three aspects of the automation industry: end user, supplier, and engineering consultant. Verhappen has been an active ISA volunteer for more than 25 years, learning from and sharing his knowledge with other automation professionals as an author, presenter, international speaker, and volunteer leader. Through a combination of engineering work, standards committee involvement, and a desire for continuous learning, Verhappen has been involved in all facets of the process automation industry from field devices, including process analyzers, to controllers to the communication networks connecting these elements together. A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge is a small way to share this continuous learning and pass along the expertise gained from all those who have helped develop the body of knowledge used to edit this edition.

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