The International Society of Automation (ISA) has released the fifth edition of its “Measurement and Control Basics” book. It’s been extensively updated to reflect the latest advances in automation technologies and incorporate new self-study exercises and challenge-solution examples.

The book has always been intended to be used in classrooms and for self-study, and the new content and exercises improve the book’s value in these contexts. By reading the book and completing the exercises, a person can gain a clear understanding of the basic principles of instrumentation, measurement and control and build a solid foundation for more advanced study in the automation field.
The new content includes:

° A new chapter on liquid density measurement;

° An updated and improved section on nuclear density measurement;

° An expanded and improved discussion of the general requirements of a control system;

° Coverage of decoupling control loops and selector (override) control loops;

° A revised Appendix A to cover the latest ANSI/ISA-5.1-2009 standard and the electrical and control symbols used in automation.

To make the book more suitable for classroom and self-study use, the author, Dr. Thomas A. Hughes introduced new and improved exercises at the end of each chapter and numerous example problems to aid in the understanding of technical information and contexts. To purchase a copy of Measurement and Control Basics, Fifth Edition, go to . It’s US$99 for ISA members, and $129 for non-members.

Hughes is an accomplished author and instrumentation and control systems expert and instructor. His in-depth experience in the design and installation of instrumentation and control systems includes 25 years in the management of instrumentation and control projects for the process and nuclear industries.