The concepts and terminology of advanced control as well as the advanced control tools and techniques most widely and effectively applied in the process industries are the focus of a book released through International Society of Automation, Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Advanced Control Foundation: Tools, Techniques, and Applications by Terrence L. “Terry” Blevins, Willy K. Wojsznis and Mark Nixon is designed to help control and process engineers gain a more thorough understanding of the concepts of advanced control products that have proven to reduce variation in plant operation, achieve production targets and improve plant production.

“The book is ideally suited to process and control engineers who have a sound understanding of conventional control techniques but have little or no background on advanced control,” says Blevins, who was instrumental in establishing Emerson Process Management’s Advanced Control Program and, along with his co-authors, has extensive experience in the design and startup of advanced control solutions. “It provides practical examples that allow readers to quickly become familiar with the advanced control techniques commonly utilized in the process industry today. In addition, the website that accompanies the book presents workshops on commercially available solutions that apply the advanced control concepts and techniques outlined in the book."

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