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Instrument Engineers' Handbook Volume 3:
Process Software
and Digital Networks

Third Edition
edited by Bela G. Liptak

  • Brings order into the chaos of the claims of competing networks and buses
  • Proposes international standardization for all digital systems
  • Presents fully open and completely interoperable networks
  • Covers not only the American, but the global market for digital networks
  • Provides quick access to specific information via an excellent index

The third edition of the Instrument Engineers' Handbook Volume 3: Process Software and Digital Networks provides an in-depth, state-of-the-art review of existing and evolving digital communications and control systems. While the book highlights the transportation of digital information by buses and networks, the total coverage doesn't stop there. It describes a variety of process-control software packages suited for plant optimization, maintenance, and safety related applications.

In addition, topics include plant design and modernization, safety and operations related logic systems, and the design of integrated workstations and control centers. The book concludes with an appendix providing practical information such as bidders lists and addresses, steam tables, materials selection for corrosive services, and much more.

Instrument Engineers' Handbook Volume 3: Process Software and Digital Networks will provide at your fingertips all the software and digital network related information that is needed by I&C engineers. It will be the resource you reach for over and over again.


  1. THE OVERALL PLANT DESIGN: Auditing Existing Plants for Upgrading; Project Management and Documentation; Operator Training, Commissioning and Start-Up; Flowsheet Symbols and Functional Diagramming for Digitally Implemented Loops; Historical Data Storage and Evaluation; Integration of Process Data with Maintenance Systems; Applications, Standards and Products for Grounding, Shielding; Concepts of Hierarchical Control; Analog or Discrete I/O, Costs, Features and Digital Signal Processing; Estimating the Costs of Control System Packages.
  2. DESIGNING A PLANT: Hazardous Area Classifications and Instrument Design Options; Intrinsic Safety Rules for Fieldbus Installations; Purging and Inerting Systems; High Integrity Pressure Protection System (HIPPS); Process Safety Management (PSM); Redundant or Voting Systems for Increased Reliability; Network Security; Safety Instrumented Systems - Design, Analysis, Inspection; Reliability Engineering Concepts; Intelligent Alarm Management - IAM; Safety Instrumentation and the Justification of its Costs; International Safety Standards and Certification.
  3. CONTROL CENTER, WORKSTATION AND LOGIC DESIGN: Operator Interface Evolution; Virtual Reality Tools for Testing Control Room Concepts; Upgrading the Control Room; Manufacturing Platforms and Workstations; Workstation Hosts: Design Concepts and Classifications; Integration of DCS, PLC, HMI AND SCADA Systems; Integration with RTUs, Multiplexers, Fieldbuses and Data Highways; Hybrid Systems with Discrete and Analog Capability; SCADA - Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition; PLC Programming; Fault Tolerant Programming and Real Time Operating Systems; Practical Logic Design.
  4. BUSES AND NETWORKS: An Introduction Networks in Process Automation; PLC Proprietary and Open Networks; Hardware Selection for Fieldbus Systems; Sorting Out the Protocols; Overall Fieldbus Trends; Fieldbus Advantages and Disadvantages; Fieldbus Design, Installation, Economics and Documentation; Instrumentation Network Design and Upgrade; Global System Architectures; The Advantages and Limitations of Open Networks; HART Networks; Foundation Fieldbus Network; PROFIBUS PA; Designing Profibus-PA and Foundation Fieldbus Segments; Ethernet and TCP/IP Based Systems; Fieldbus Networks Catering to Specific Niches of Industry; Proprietary Networks; Fiber Optic Networks; Satellite, IR, Radio, Wireless LAN Networks.
  5. SOFTWARE PACKAGES: Control Loop Optimization; Data Reconciliation; Sequence of Event Recorders and Post Trip Review; OPC Software Architecture; Batch Software State of the Art; Plant-Wide Control Loop Optimization; Plant-Wide Controller Performance Monitoring; The "Virtual Plant," A Tool of Better Understanding.
  6. APPENDIX: International System of Units; Engineering Conversion Factors; Chemical Resistance of Materials; Composition of Materials; Steam and Water Tables; Friction Loss in Pipes; Tank Volumes; Partial List of Suppliers.

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Instrument Engineers' Handbook Volume 3:
Process Software and Digital Networks

Third Edition edited by Bela G. Liptak
2002 912 pages $178.95 + shipping

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