Automating Manufacturing Operations: The Penultimate Approach

William Hawkins

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Modern industrial automation developed from simple pre-programmed machine instructions to complex general manufacturing systems in a span of about 50 years, and that development continues. Much of that development has proven disruptive for people and society, although many enjoy its benefits.

This book focuses on the all-important human-machine interface and its societal implications. Whether you’re immersed in the automation field or just want to learn more about this fascinating field, this exceptional title will be all you need.

Whether you’re immersed in the automation field or if you just want to learn more about this fascinating field, this exceptional title will be all you need. It offers you new ways of looking at the goals, potentials, and consequences of future manufacturing automation. Highlights include:

  • A brief historical overview of the interdependent human development of tools and social organization;
  • Coverage of concepts necessary for identifying processes amenable for automation;
  • Discussion of process control with human and machine capabilities;
  • An overview of automation technologies and the five stages of their evolution;
  • A chronicle of the development of modern digital computer automation systems, including networks, protocols, specific process communications, programming, and engineering design of process control systems;
  • Guidelines for contemplating future societal needs and the possibilities for future technologies for manufacturing and control processes, including additive manufacturing, big data, cloud computing, robots and security; and
  • An Appendix on artificial intelligence.

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William M. Hawkins

William M. Hawkins is retired from Rosemount’s Controls Division (now part of Emerson Process Management), a former board member of the World Batch Forum, a founder and principal of HLQ ltd, and the editor for the Momentum Press WBF book series. Honors include the Emerson Electric Technology Award for RS3 in 1989 and being inducted into the Process Automation Hall of Fame by Control magazine in 2008. He demonstrated the knack for engineering at an early age and received the BSME degree from MIT in 1960.