Overview of Industrial Process Automation


  • K. Sharma, International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, India

Man-made or industrial processes, localised or geographically distributed, need be automated in order to ensure they produce quality, consistent, and cost-effective goods or services. Automation systems for these processes broadly consist of instrumentation, control, human interface, and communication subsystems.

This book introduces the basics of philosophy, technology, terminology, and practices of modern automation systems with simple illustrations and examples.

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Students and lecturers in Information Technology and Instrumentation Technology, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering


Book information

  • Published: August 2011
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-415779-8

Table of Contents

  1. Why automation?
  2. Automation system structure
  3. Instrumentation subsystem
  4. Control subsystem
  5. Human interface subsystem
  6. Automation strategies
  7. Programmable control subsystem
  8. Hardware structure of controller
  9. Software structure of controller
  10. Programming of controller
  11. Advanced human interface
  12. Types of automation systems
  13. Special purpose controllers
  14. System availability
  15. Common configurations
  16. Advanced Input/Output system
  17. Concluding remarks


  1. Appendix A - Hardwired control subsystem
  2. Appendix B- Processor
  3. Appendix C - Hardware-software interfacing
  4. Appendix D - Instruction set of processor
  5. Appendix E - Basics of programming
  6. Appendix F - Advanced control strategies
  7. Appendix G - Power supply system
  8. Appendix H - Further reading