Overview of Industrial Process Automation

1st Edition

Authors: K.L.S. Sharma
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124157798
eBook ISBN: 9780124157903
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 19th August 2011
Page Count: 320
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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.

Key Features

  • Provides an introduction to automation
  • Explains the concepts through simple illustrations and examples
  • Describes how to understand technical documents


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

Table of Contents



About the Author



1. Why Automation?

1.1. Introduction

1.2. Physical Process

1.3. Types of Industrial Processes

1.4. Industry Classification

1.5. Process Automation System

1.6. Needs Met by Automation

1.7. Benefits of Automation

1.8. Automation Steps

1.9. Process Signals

1.10. Summary

2. Automation System Structure

2.1. Introduction

2.2. Subsystems

2.3. Instrumentation Subsystem

2.4. Human Interface Subsystem

2.5. Control Subsystem

2.6. Summary

3. Instrumentation Subsystem

3.1. Introduction

3.2. Structure

3.3. Special Instrumentation Devices

3.4. Interfacing Standards

3.5. Information Reliability

3.6. Isolation and Protection

3.7. Summary

4. Control Subsystem

4.1. Introduction

4.2. Structure

4.3. Interfacing

4.4. Summary

5. Human Interface Subsystem

5.1. Introduction

5.2. Operator Panel

5.3. Construction

5.4. Interfacing with Control Subsystem

5.5. Types of Mimic Panels

5.6. Summary

6. Automation Strategies

6.1. Introduction

6.2. Basic Strategies

6.3. Discrete Control

6.4. Continuous Control

6.5. Hybrid Control

6.6. Summary

7. Programmable Control Subsystem

7.1. Introduction

7.2. Discrete Control

7.3. Continuous Control

7.4. Hybrid Control

7.5. Controller with Additional Features

7.6. Upward Compatibility

7.7. Summary

8. Hardware Structure of Controller

8.1. Introduction

8.2. Major Modules of Controller

8.3. Data Exchange on Bus

8.4. Functional Subsystems

8.5. Controller Capacity Expansio


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About the Author

K.L.S. Sharma

Dr. Sharma is an industrial automation professional by education, qualification, and practice. He worked in the automation industry for over 33 years (25 years in ABB India) followed by academic institutions promoting automation education and training. He has totally dedicated himself to teach/train people in industry and academic institutions in current philosophy, technology, terminology, and practices in automation. He has several articles to his credit in automation education and training in automation magazines.

Affiliations and Expertise

Automation Education and Training, Bengaluru, India