Chapter 23. Evolution of Process Controls Toward Factory Automation

  1. William Smothers
  1. Dale R. Stefanac and
  2. James R. Klager

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470320365.ch23

Materials & Equipment/Whitewares: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 7, Issue 11/12

Materials & Equipment/Whitewares: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 7, Issue 11/12

How to Cite

Stefanac, D. R. and Klager, J. R. (1986) Evolution of Process Controls Toward Factory Automation, in Materials & Equipment/Whitewares: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 7, Issue 11/12 (ed W. Smothers), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470320365.ch23

Author Information

  1. Barber Colman Co. P.O. Box 2940, Loves Park, IL 61132

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1986

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470374696

Online ISBN: 9780470320365

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Keywords:

  • instrumentation;
  • variables;
  • thermocouple;
  • mechanical;
  • characteristics

Summary

Starting with the early techniques to determine temperature, instrumentation has been developed to measure and control temperatures and related variables. This study of the evolution of process control instrumentation will describe advances up through today and indicate future trends. This paper does not describe specific products, but rather, it highlights common techniques which were and still are used in industrial instrumentation. The development of new instrumentation is driven by the need to provide higher quality products at lower cost. Process controls that provide higher accuracy, repeatability and fewer opportunities for error offer the greatest opportunity to improve quality and productivity.