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Society in its daily endeavours has become so dependent on automation that it is difficult to imagine life without automation engineering. In addition to the industrial production with which it is popularly associated, it now covers a number of unexpected areas. Trade, environmental protection engineering, traffic engineering, agriculture, building engineering, and medical engineering are but some of the areas where automation is playing a prominent role. Automation engineering is a cross sectional discipline that requires proportional knowledge in hardware and software development and their applications. In the past, automation engineering was mainly understood as control engineering dealing with a number of electrical and electronic components. This picture has changed since computers and software have made their way into every component and element of communications and automation. Industrial automation engineers carry a lot of responsibility in their profession. No other domain demands so much quality
from so many perspectives of the function, yet with significant restrictions on the budget. The project managers of industrial automation projects have significant resource constraint, considering the ever changing demands of its management, trying to adopt the rapid acceleration of the technological changes and simultaneously trying to maintain the reliability and unbreakable security of the plant and its instruments. This book is structured to walk you through a précised life cycle of the various automation activities of a plant. There are a number of books that cover different aspects of automation but this is all encompassing.