ISA (USA) Transactions. Various authors, softback. ISBN 0 85295 385 2. £39 per issue.
Tom Fisher, of SP88 batch control fame, is the editor of this international series of papers.
The aim of this series is to cover both the theory and applications of integrating established and developing control and measurement techniques.
Typically, the third issue has five papers which were presented at the World Batch Forum in Toronto last year. Issues run to around 300 pages with 10 features each, on a range of topics.
In addition, other articles cover such diverse subjects as information management, real time communication networks, optimisation of valve actuator performance and a comparison of model-based and PID based controllers for disturbance rejection in processes with time delay.
Other transactions cover issues such as statistical process/quality control, distributed control systems, marketing and sales, safety, environmental control, artificial intelligence and expert systems, man/machine interfaces and much more.
The transactions are geared throughout to satisfy a high-tech audience in all fields of measurement, control and automation. They do much more than merely fill you in on the proceedings of the latest international conferences, notably through a number of individual contributions from leading specialists.
They are certainly not only good reading for academics. They avoid over-use of complex formulae and equations, which makes them accessible for readers wishing to grasp a practical understanding of the application of latest technologies.
In short, they will keep readers up to data with topics that are relevant today. All in all – good source material for a library that can circulate a contents list.