ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA Announces Publication of Electricity and Electronics Resource
Research Triangle Park, NC (14 July 2006) - ISA recently announced the publication of "Basic Electricity and Electronics for Control: Fundamentals and Applications, 3rd Edition" by Lawrence (Larry) M. Thompson.
This book focuses on electricity and electronics as they are used in the modern world of measurement and control. The author explains and provides procedures to make safe and successful measurements of electrical quantities. The book gives definitions for measurement vocabulary, along with an understanding of digital and analog meters, bridges, power supplies, solid state circuitry, oscilloscopes, and analog to digital conversions. This book is about behavior, not design, and thus lends itself to an easy-to-understand format. Where possible, applications are used to illustrate the topics being explained.
The student-centered text uses a minimum of mathematics and where algebraic concepts are utilized there is sufficient explanation of the operation, so the solution may be seen without actually performing the mathematical operations. This text has been developed from course materials successfully used by the author in both a college setting and when presented as short course study classes by ISA. These materials have been successful because of the insistence on practicality and solicitation of student suggestions for improvements.
Thompson has an extensive background as a technician, technical trainer, and course developer in electronics, measurement/control and computer networking. A 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, his military specialty included instruction in electronic encryption equipment. His industrial experience includes positions as technician, test engineer, and test engineering supervisor for numerous companies. He recently retired as Department Chair for Software Engineering Technology at Texas State Technical College, and now runs his own consulting business. He has served as an adjunct instructor for ISA for more than 20 years. He has a B.A.A.S. from Tarleton State University and is the author of several books including ISA's Industrial Data Communications.
For more information about the book, visit www.isa.org/basicelectricity or call (919) 549-8411. Editorial review copies are also available by contacting ISA directly.
Founded in 1945, ISA (www.isa.org) is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts the largest conference and exhibition for automation professionals in the Western Hemisphere. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).
WBF provides an open forum for the exchange of information related to the management, operation, and automation of manufacturing processes. Created in 1994, members of the non-profit, professional organization include end-users, vendors, consultants and academics. WBF provides organization, management, and structure to facilitate networking among its members and sharing of knowledge and information related to manufacturing processes. WBF documents best practices and guidelines for implementation of standards that apply to batch control and the exchange of batch data, as well as conducting technical conferences and technical training programs. WBF is a founding charter member of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org). More information about WBF is available at www.wbf.org.
OMAC–The Open Modular Architecture Controls Users’ Group (www.omac.org) is an affiliate organization of ISA- The Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society- and works to collectively derive common solutions for both technical and non-technical issues in the development, implementation, and commercialization of open, modular architecture control (OMAC) technologies, and to facilitate the accelerated development and convergence of industry and government developed OMAC technology guidelines to one set that satisfies common use requirements. OMAC has about 500 member representatives from end-user companies, OEM's, and technology providers and integrator companies. OMAC currently operates three Work Groups: Packaging Machinery, Manufacturing Infrastructure, and Machine Tool. OMAC is a founding charter member of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).