The hottest area in automation today is also your hot button. Technology choices. Interoperability issues. Data streams and databases. You need up-to-date, accurate information about software and software integration.
The Integration and Software Library will help you make the right decisions and help you take control of your information system projects. This collection will help inform, educate and assist you. It is an unbiased look at networking hardware, software and communications.
Industrial Data Communications 4th Edition L.M. Thompson
Following the boom in networking and data communications advancements throughout industry, this new edition of an ISA Press best seller gives technical professionals who have little or no background in data communications the knowledge they need to understand, troubleshoot, and maintain both legacy and leading-edge systems. The text emphasizes practical functional aspects of common systems rather than design criteria.
Automation Network Selection Dick Caro
Whether you're a novice industrial network user or someone who simply needs to brush up on the technology, Automation Network Selection will help you better understand and select the "right" network for a given application.
Industry expert Dick Caro walks you through the various industrial networks (e.g., sensor, fieldbus, control, safety buses, and so on) and then gives you a perspective on the typical applications for industrial automation network technology.
Information Technology for Manufacturing: Reducing Costs and Expanding Capabilities Kevin Ake, John Clemons, Mark Cubine, Bruce Lilly
Information technology is playing an increasingly vital role in supporting business change, sustaining best practices, driving performance, and enabling business scale. The application of IT toward improved operations and efficiency is an absolute must for any successful manufacturer. This book provides the ground rules for integrating IT into manufacturing and demonstrates how the intelligent use of IT brings a substantial return on investment while maintaining the viability of a business.
Industrial Ethernet, 2nd Edition Perry S. Marshall and John S. Rinaldi
This revised best-seller is a convenient installation, troubleshooting, and reference tool on one of the hottest topics in automation and process control. It will help you understand important Ethernet and TCP/IP terminology and provide important information about the new industrial protocols. You will quickly gain a solid grasp of Ethernet basics, the constraints of the industrial environment, and the specialized requirements of machine control.
Life and Times of an Automation Professional — An Illustrated Guide Ted Williams, Stan Weiner, and Greg McMillan
The automation profession at times is strange and difficult to explain to people outside the field. The next time friends and relatives ask "what do you do," give them a copy. If the smiles develop into uncontrollable laughter, use your automation skills to prevent injuries from side-splitting humor and, as a last resort, force the reading of standards as an effective antidote.
ISA has selected libraries of books to represent each of the seven domain areas: Basic Continuous; Basic Discrete; Advanced Control; Reliability, Safety and Electrical; Integration and Software; Deployment and Maintenance; and Work Structure. Each library includes works which complement each other in providing the reader these resources:
Fundamentals — a primer on the domain, but includes advanced concepts
Hands-On — a practical guide with lots of applications and examples
Management — covers everything from project management to cost justifications
Reference — a handy, fact-filled volume with quick answers to common problems
Diversion — a sometimes offbeat look at the industry, to keep it all in perspective