Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Basics in measurement & control!

The newly released fifth edition of the book Measurement and Control Basics has been extensively updated to reflect the latest advances in automation technologies and incorporate valuable new self-study exercises and challenge-solution examples.

“The book has always been intended to be used in classrooms and for self-study, and the new content and exercises significantly improve the book’s value in these contexts,” says Thomas A. Hughes, Ph.D., the author and a Senior Member of ISA who possesses more than 35 years of experience in the design and installation of instrumentation and control systems. “By reading the book and completing the exercises, a person can gain a clear understanding of the basic principles of instrumentation, measurement and control and build a solid foundation for more advanced study in the automation field.”

The continuing evolution in automation technologies, Dr. Hughes points out, called for adding important new sections  on computers, data communication networks and systems, programmable controllers, wireless devices and human machine interface (HMI) systems.
Specifically, the new content includes:
  • A new chapter on liquid density measurement
  • An updated and improved section on nuclear density measurement
  • An expanded and improved discussion of the general requirements of a control system
  • Coverage of decoupling control loops and selector (override) control loops
  • A revised Appendix A to cover the latest ANSI/ISA-5.1-2009 standard and the electrical and control symbols used in automation.
To make the book more suitable for classroom and self-study use, Dr. Hughes introduced new and improved exercises at the end of each chapter and numerous example problems to aid in the understanding of technical information and contexts.


“There is also an appendix at the end of the book that includes the solutions to the exercises so students can check their work and confirm their understanding of all the industrial process control principles, technologies and strategies as they go.”

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