Control Engineering offers new book: Control System Power and Grounding Better Practice

Oak Brook, IL—Control System Power and Grounding Better Practice, by David Brown, David Harrold and Roger Hope, is a new book published by Control Engineering, Elsevier/Newnes and Reed Business Information.


Oak Brook, IL—Control System Power and Grounding Better Practice , by David Brown, David Harrold and Roger Hope, is a new book published by Control Engineering , Elsevier/Newnes and Reed Business Information. Special discounts are being given to Control Engineering Online readers (see below).

“Control system power and grounding is possibly the single most important element to ensure a control system doesn’t experience unidentified‘gremlins’ throughout its life,” says Dave Harrold, Control Engineering ’s consulting editor.

The topic, say the authors, is appropriate to every control system domain, including programmable logic controllers (PLCs), process control systems, robotics, vision systems, etc. Power and grounding is recognized by a major industry standards organization, ISA, in ongoing standards efforts. Because of inadequate installation practices, control system reliability is often jeopardized before power is applied. Frequently, the cause of poor control system reliability is unexamined with the result of the control system receiving a “black eye” in the judgment of the end-user. When the origins of poor control system reliability are examined, poor power and grounding practices are often the root cause.

First copies were made public at the recent National Manufacturing Week 2004 in Chicago.

About the authors
David Brown, of Emerson Process Management, is a principal engineer in the firm’s Engineering SureService Group. He has an AAS degree from Iowa State University. His experience includes design engineering, product engineering and field support. He is on several ISA committees for power, ground and installation along with safety system design. He has authored several papers and articles about power and grounding for instrumentation installations.

Roger Hope is employed at Emerson’s technical documentation manager. He has a BSEE degree from Indiana Technical College, and is a veteran of the U.S. Army Security Agency. He also has experience as a commercial radio engineer, manufacturing engineer, marketing product manager, and technical writer.

David Harrold is a consultant at AFAB Group and is a Control Engineering consulting editor. He has more than 38 years experience in specifying, implementing, and operating industrial process control and instrumentation systems. He has been a senior member of ISA for over 35 years and has served on several of its committees. In 1996, he was awarded ISA's H.G. Bailey Award for his contributions to developing and promoting the inclusion of control systems in process hazardous reviews. In 1998, he was awarded an ASBPE award for editorial excellence.

Discount available
Pricing and ordering information for Control System Power and Grounding Better Practice are available at . Search on title, 'Power & Grounding,' to bring up the working title, “Industrial Power and Grounding Guide.” For a limited time, Control Engineering Online readers get 10% off the cover price and free shipping by entering offer code #77782 when adding the book to their cart.

Techniques for Adaptive Control available too

Another book available from Control Engineering is Techniques for Adaptive Control by Vance VanDoren, another Control Engineering consulting editor. VanDoren discusses adaptive control techniques with other industry experts, and provides insight into new technologies, practical applications of adaptive control and benefits. In the book, each contributor provides an overview of a particular advanced control product, explains how it works, and provides reasons a user would want to consider it. The same discount mentioned above applies to this book.

About Control Engineering
Control Engineering ’s subscribers include 88,000+ manufacturing engineers working in process, discrete, and hybrid manufacturing facilities. The publication covers the global control, instrumentation and automation marketplace with articles, products, news and trends in print and online to expand personal and plant-wide productivity. Technologies include process and advanced control; instrumentation and process sensors; machine control and discrete sensors; motors, drives and motion control; industrial networks and software; and embedded control devices.

Reed Business Information (RBI, formerly Cahners Business Information) is a leading provider of critical information and marketing solutions to business professionals in targeted industry sectors. Market-leading properties include more than 100 business-to-business publications, over 75 Websites, and a range of services, including Web development, custom publishing, research, business lists, and industry events. RBI is a member of the Reed Elsevier Group plc, which provides information-driven services and solutions.

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Mark T. Hoske, editor-in-chief

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