Tuesday 8 May 2018

Comprehensive & practical automation.

There are a few publications which can be relied upon as "Bibles" of the automation sector and this is one of them. It is always important that the knowledge contained in them reflects the current state of industry and technology. As one of the editors said, "the book is particularly valuable to automation professionals early in their careers "

The third edition of A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge, a comprehensive, yet practical overview of the essential concepts and processes in industrial automation and the skills required to master them, has been issued by the International Society of Automation (ISA).

Editors Nicholas P. Sands (Left) and Ian Verhappen
This new release has been updated to reflect the continuing evolution of digital technologies and their impact on automation processes as well as new automation standards in such areas as alarm management, HMI design and operational technology cybersecurity.

The book’s co-editors Nicholas P. Sands, PE, CAP®, Senior Manufacturing Technology Fellow at DuPont and Ian Verhappen, P.Eng., CAP®, Senior Project Manager at CIMA+ - are ISA Fellows who bring decades of collective expertise and experience in automation standards development, automation competency, safety instrumented systems, alarm management, process safety and industrial communications networks. The ISA has been indeed fortunate to find such competant sucessors to the late great Vernon L. Trevathan whose precise work in the field was reflected in his editorship of previous editions. 

“Though much of the content of this guide covers the fundamentals of the automation profession, automation is a dynamic field of practice that continues to change through new technologies and practices. That’s why it was important to introduce this new edition,” says Verhappen. “The value of the book remains the same, however, as it serves as a highly applicable, condensed reference guide to established automation principles and practices.”

Given its easy-to-follow, plainly written format and approach, Sands says the book is particularly valuable to automation professionals early in their careers as well as to other practitioners in the field needing a “refresher” on certain topics.

• The guide is also consistent with the Automation Competency Model - which defines the core skills and knowledge needed to succeed as an automation professional - and relied upon as a study guide for those seeking to gain ISA Certified Automation Professional ® (CAP®) certification.

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