ISA Publishes Control Loop Foundation--Batch and Continuous Processes

28-Oct-2010 | News-Press Release

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (28 October 2010) - The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces the publication of Control Loop Foundation—Batch and Continuous Processes, by Terrence Blevins and Mark Nixon.


Authors Blevins and Nixon, of Emerson Process Management, have been involved in the application and design of process control systems throughout their careers. In this in-depth book, they address the concepts and terminology that are needed to work in the field of process control. The material is presented in a straightforward manner that is independent of the control system manufacturer. The book is written to be a guide for engineers, managers, technicians and others who are either new to process control or are experienced control engineers who are unfamiliar with multi-loop control techniques.


One chapter of the book is dedicated to techniques that may be used to create process simulations using tools that are commonly available within most distributed control systems. The last chapter of the book, on process applications, contains several more-complex examples from industry that illustrate how basic control techniques may be combined to meet a variety of application requirements.


At various points in the chapters on process characterization and control design, the reader has an opportunity to apply what was learned, using web-based workshops. Dynamic process simulations are built into the workshops to give the reader a realistic “hands-on” experience.


The book can be ordered from


About ISA

Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation ( is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. ISA is the founding sponsor of the Automation Federation (



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