William M. Hawkins

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. His first job was at the Hercules (Powder Company) blasting cap plant, then a fiber and film plant, then central engineering managing an instrument laboratory. He moved to Rosemount (Engineering) as systems engineering manager for the Diogenes control system, then control architect for the new RS3 system, then into ISA standards groups for field bus (50), batch (88), and MES (95) as funding for a new control system faltered. He took early retirement in 1999 when the plug was pulled on RS3, started HLQ for consulting, worked on Foundation Fieldbus writing specs and test scripts until 2003, and then did fieldbus consulting for Rosemount until 2009. He edited four books for the WBF (was World Batch Forum) in 2010 just before it was absorbed by MESA.

Automating Manufacturing Operations: The Penultimate Approach

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$99.95
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In Stock Date: 
11/26/2013

William M. Hawkins

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.