ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA Releases Second Edition of All-Encompassing Automation Resource
Research Triangle Park, NC (14 August 2006) -- ISA recently released a second edition of its popular automation resource, "A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge," edited by Vernon L. Trevathan.
Since the publication of the first edition, new material has been added covering continuous emission monitoring systems and custom software. The coverage of analog communications, motion control and electrical installations has been expanded to provide more in-depth coverage of these critical topics. Other topics such as digital communications, industrial networks and maintenance issues have also been updated.
With this new information and expanded treatment of many existing topics, the second edition is the best source to define the most important automation concepts and processes, while also describing the technical skills professionals require to implement them in today's industrial environment. The content focuses on the seven technical categories defined by the CAP body of knowledge: Basic Continuous Control; Discrete, Sequencing, and Manufacturing Control; Advanced Control; Reliability, Safety and Electrical; Integration and Software; Deployment and Maintenance; and Work Structure.
Under the category of Basic Continuous Control, the contributors provide insight into analytical instrumentation and communications, control valves, solids handling, control system documentation and control equipment. The section focusing on Discrete, Sequencing and Manufacturing Control features informative chapters on general manufacturing measurements, discrete and sequencing control, discrete output devices, motors and drive control, motion control and web control.
Advanced Control topics include process modeling, batch control, building automation, and environmental issues. In the Reliability, Safety and Electrical section, readers will find valuable content regarding alarm management, reliability, process safety, electrical installations and safety.
The Integration and Software category focuses on communications, industrial networks, MES integration, security, operator interface, data management, and software. Deployment and Maintenance topics include operator training, checkout and system testing, commissioning and start-up, troubleshooting, maintenance and system management, and change management.
Finally, in the Work Structure section, readers will learn about automation benefits and project justification, project management and execution, and interpersonal skills for automation professionals. The second edition of this book better defines the automation profession with new material covering custom software, control equipment structure, and continuous emissions monitoring systems. The changes ensure that the reader has a comprehensive view of all major topics in the broad field of automation.
Learn more by visiting www.isa.org/autobok. Copies are available for editorial review by contacting ISA directly at (919) 549-8411.
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).