Chapter 1

Industrial automation

Abstract

This chapter outlines the general introduction to the industrial automation, history and inventor’s contribution to this new discipline of engineering. The evolution of the systems from different perspectives such as needs, technology, and application are described. The evolution of the systems from the controllers, communications, connectivity, and networks are outlined. The introduction and evolution of the field communication networks from a historical perspective to the current day situations are described. The model of an automation system as defined in some standard frameworks are described in a layered manner with a description of the systems in each layers and the responsibility of each of ...

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