ISA Publishes <i>Software for Automation</i> Book, Explains OPC from a User Perspective

  • March 22, 2005
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Research Triangle Park, NC (22 March 2005) – ISA—the Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society announces publication of a new book, Software for Automation, by industry expert Jonas Berge. Written for automation people, rather than IT professionals or programmers, this implementation-oriented book provides a clear and concise presentation of how to fully apply software in automation, primarily leveraging OPC. It provides “how-to” information for all phases of the system lifecycle from configuration, system integration, and engineering, to administration and troubleshooting. Software for Automation explains the application of key software technologies making this possible - in automation terms: DDE, ActiveX, VBA, SQL, ODBC, OLE_DB, OLE, COM/DCOM, XML, .NET, and all forms of OPC.The text also addresses concerns and solutions for safety, availability, 21CFR11, and cyber security. One chapter helps engineers justify benefits of software connectivity to management in business terms. The book gives a broad-level understanding of the software technologies themselves, but the focus and examples are on automation applications and how to build an open framework for software applications such as advanced control and optimization, batch, as well as other categories of software that plants need to stay competitive. Device integration including fieldbus and Ethernet are covered. The new information architecture and how to build a platform to enable e-business and Internet integration is also explained. The book also touches on industrially hardened computer hardware. This book is a must-have for system integrators and automation engineers whether you are integrating a system from components, digitally integrating subsystems, or if you want an older system to coexist with a new. Even IT engineers can benefit learning about the unique requirements of the automation environment. The book has 339 pages, 175 illustrations, and over fifty review questions. It is ideal for training courses and for self-paced study and will remain a handy reference.More information about this resource can be found online at About ISA ISA—The Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society is a global, nonprofit, educational organization connecting people and ideas in automation. The Society fosters advancement in the theory, design, manufacture, and use of sensors, instruments, computers, and systems for automation in a wide variety of applications. In addition to hosting the largest conferences and exhibitions for automation in the Western Hemisphere, ISA is a leading technical training organization and a respected publisher of books, magazines, and standards. ISA also serves the professional development and certification needs of industry professionals and practitioners with its Certified Automation Professional (CAP), Certified Control Systems Technician® (CCST®), and Certified Industrial Maintenance Mechanics (CIMM) programs; and the Control Systems Engineers (CSE) license. Founded in 1945, ISA has expanded its technical and geographical reach to become a resource for 30,000 Members and thousands of other professionals and practitioners in more than 110 countries around the world.

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