The best books on Instrumentation and Process Control in Industry

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I have been working in automation and process control in industrial engineering for more than 20 years.

From the beginning there have been a number of essential books that I have gone to whenever I have needed to find information or solve a technical problem. It is true that for these issues there is the Internet, but I think it is basic to have a good library of essential that concentrates all the necessary information that a good process control engineer needs. This will make our task easier and will prevent us from getting lost in the extensive information network, from spending time contrasting information, verifying sources, solving contradictions between different websites...


Here I present you what I would have liked to have when I started and which I am sure you will find very useful: a complete list of the indispensable instrumentation books that every professional in process control engineering must have.

There are several specialized bookstores where we can find these books, however I leave you the Amazon reference since it is an easy, safe and comfortable way to find them.

ANDERSON,N. Instrumentation for Process Measurement and Control

A great instrumentation book for students and seasoned professionals alike, it deals with the fields of process measurement and feedback control from the most basic technology to the most sophisticated systems. Covers pneumatic and electronic control systems, actuators and valves, control loop adjustment, combination control systems, and process and simulation computers.

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ISA - Loop Checking: A Technician's Guide (ISA TECHNICIAN SERIES)

Since process control circuits have a significant impact on the financial performance of a plant, it is essential to focus on their optimization. That is why this guide discusses general methods and practices that can be applied in many processes / industries. Featured topics include: loop verification basics, factory acceptance testing, wiring and loop verification, performance benchmarking, and sustained performance.

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GOETTSCHE,L.D. Maintenance of Instruments and Systems

New expanded and updated edition of ISA's best-selling maintenance manual. This book clarifies the scope, responsibilities, and contributions of maintenance personnel. Special emphasis is placed on safety issues as well as documentation requirements, maintenance for pneumatic and electrical / electronic devices, as well as expanded coverage of DCS systems, analytical instrumentation, fiber optics, and smart instruments. The coverage is organized by device to make finding information quick and easy, making it an excellent reference for both the novice technician and the seasoned technician.

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BOYES, W. Instrumentation Reference Book

This comprehensive work reflects the significant changes that have occurred in the field of instrumentation, including the latest information on new sensor equipment, new measurement standards, and new software for integrated control systems, networks, and automated control. It covers the equipment and systems used to detect, track, and store data related to physical, chemical, electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties of materials, systems, and operations.

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KUPHALDT,T.R. Lessons In Industrial Instrumentation

This industrial instrumentation textbook is made up of three separate volumes that cover automation and control engineering concepts. The information provided is excellent for students and professionals looking to update or expand their knowledge in this field.

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CREUS SOLE, A. Instrumentación Industrial (Spanish Edition)

In this book, the terms and codes used in instrumentation are treated, in an orderly and didactic way: transmitters, measurement and control of pressure, flow, level, temperature and other variables, final control elements, automatic control, computer control, security intrinsic and functional, distributed and integrated control, intelligent instruments, instrument calibration, applications in the industry and finally, there is an appendix dedicated to the basic principles of dynamic analysis of instruments and the evolution of instrumentation.

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ASTRÖM,K.J. - ISA - PID Controllers: Theory, Design, and Tuning

The book helps to better understand PID control. Examines the self-tuning and adaptation characteristics of various commercial controllers, including digital PID controllers, and discusses measures to address specific challenges such as zeroing, long process downtime, and oscillatory systems. Design methods and fit rules that take into account factors such as load disturbances, measurement noise, model uncertainty, and set point response are also recommended.

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MEIER,F.A.Instrumentation and Control Systems Documentation

In this book, the terms and codes used in instrumentation are treated, in an orderly and didactic way: transmitters, measurement and control of pressure, flow, level, temperature and other variables, final control elements, automatic control, computer control, security intrinsic and functional, distributed and integrated control, intelligent instruments, instrument calibration, applications in the industry and finally, there is an appendix dedicated to the basic principles of dynamic analysis of instruments and the evolution of instrumentation.

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CCPS - Layer of Protection Analysis: Simplified Process Risk Assessment

Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) is a recently developed and simplified method of risk assessment. It is also an excellent approach to determining the level of safety integrity required for a safety instrumented system. Starting with an identified accident scenario, LOPA uses simplification rules to evaluate the frequency of the initial event, independent layers of protection and consequences to provide an order-of-magnitude estimate of risk. This groundbreaking book provides all the information you need to perform and complete a protection layer analysis during any stage of the life cycle of a process. LOPA is destined to become a widely used technique. Join other major companies and start your LOPA efforts, this book will be very helpful.

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GRUHN,P. Safety Instrumented Systems: Design, Analysis, and Justification

This book is ideal for instrumentation and control systems engineers in the process industries who are responsible for the design, installation, and maintenance of safety instrumented systems. It is a text of practical instructions on the analysis, design, application and installation of safety instrumented systems (SIS).

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DRISKELL,L. Control Valve Selection and Sizing

In this book the theory of fluid flow through classical constraints is explained in relation to the control valve. The limitations and uncertainties of the theories and equations are pointed out and the traditional misconceptions associated with the control valve are emphasized and clarified.

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ISA - Control Valve Primer, 4th Edition: A User's Guide

In easy-to-read language, it includes information on valve sizing, intelligent (digital) valve positioners, field-based architecture, network systems technology, and evaluation of control circuit performance. Adapting complex formulas and giving useful practical advice on how to apply control valves for safety, energy cost reduction, circuit stability and easy maintenance.

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LUYBEN,W. Plantwide Process Control

The first book to offer a practical, plant-wide approach to designing effective controls for continuous oil and chemical processes. Verified in real-life implementations, this book helps develop effective basic regulator control systems for plants on the drawing board, under renovation, or in full operation. Four realistic case studies (Tennessee-Eastman, isomerization processes, vinyl acetate, and HDA) contribute to making this guide a classic in process control.

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MARLIN,T.E. Process Control: Designing Processes and Control Systems for Dynamic Performance

This book helps to identify which aspects of plant design and control are critical and develops theory and practice to present the parameters of good dynamic performance. Approaches to measurement selection, process / modification, control structure design, and algorithm tuning are presented to achieve good performance. It analyzes increasingly complex systems, culminating in multi-loop control design. Ideal for students.

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STEPHANOPOULOS Chemical Process Control: An Introduction to Theory and Practice

This is an excellent textbook on introductory process control theory. The book is well laid out with clear descriptions and lots of numerical examples. It covers all aspects of chemical process control and provides a clear and complete overview of the design and hardware elements needed for practical implementation.

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SHINSKEY,F.G. Process Control Systems: Application, Design, and Adjustment

This reference guide for the design of control systems for the fluid process industries emphasizes performance-based design and tuning. Written by the highest authority on process control, Greg Shinskey, it shows how to solve common control problems and apply proven system solutions, with minimal effort and mathematical skill. The author's clear explanations, illustrated by more than 250 simulations, line drawings, graphs and response curves, make this book an essential reference for all engineers who want to keep up-to-date on all matters related to process control.

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LIPTAK,B.Instrument Engineers' Handbook, Vol. 1: Process Measurement and Analysis

Instrument Engineers' Handbook is one of the leading references for instrument engineers around the world. It stands out for its great utility to select and implement hundreds of measurement and control instruments and analytical devices and to design the most profitable process control systems that optimize production and maximize safety. Book of great coverage and authority.

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LIPTAK,B. Instrument Engineers' Handbook, Vol. 2: Process Control and Optimization

This book is considered "The Indispensable" of instrument engineering. The authors are practicing engineers, not theorists from academia, and their advice from experience has been repeatedly tested in real-life applications. It provides quick and easy access to highly practical information, model-based optimization in control theory, new inventions and major innovations in control valves, and an entire chapter dedicated to safety. With more than 2000 graphs, figures and tables.

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