Chapter 2. Basic Principles of Industrial Automation
W. Boyes

2.1. Introduction

There are many types of automation, broadly defined. Industrial automation, and to some extent its related discipline of building automation, carries some specific principles. The most important skills and principles are discussed in Chapter 1 of this book.
It is critical to recognize that industrial automation differs from other automation strategies, especially in the enterprise or office automation disciplines. Industrial automation generally deals with the automation of complex processes, in costly infrastructure programs, and with design life cycles in excess of 30 years. Automation systems installed at automotive assembly plants in the late 1970s were still being ...

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