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ISA Announces Comprehensive Automation Resource
Leading Experts Contribute to Define Scope of Profession
Research Triangle Park, NC (3 October 2005) — Through the development
of ISA’s signature certification program, Certified Automation
Professional (CAP), a body of knowledge critical to the success of
today’s automation professional was identified. This body of knowledge
is now the subject of a new resource from ISA – A Guide to the
Automation Body of Knowledge, edited by Vernon L. Trevathan.
With contributions from over thirty leading experts from all aspects of
automation, this book defines 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
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
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
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.
With the some of the best and brightest minds in the industry
contributing to A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge, the
resource is the most comprehensive definition of automation available
The book will be available at ISA EXPO 2005, 25-27 October in Chicago,
Illinois, as well as online at www.isa.org/autobok.
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