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ISA Updates Automation Body Of Knowledge Guide

By Chemical Processing Staff

May 09, 2018

The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces the third edition release of A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge, a comprehensive, yet practical overview of the essential concepts and processes in industrial automation and the skills required to master them. The new release is updated to reflect the continuing evolution of digital technologies and their impact on automation processes as well as new automation standards in such areas as alarm management, HMI design and operational technology cyber security.

The book’s co-editors—Nicholas P. Sands, PE, CAP, senior manufacturing technology fellow at DuPont and Ian Verhappen, P.Eng., CAP, senior project manager at CIMA+—are ISA Fellows who reportedly bring decades of collective expertise and experience in automation standards development, automation competency, safety instrumented systems, alarm management, process safety and industrial communications networks.

“Though much of the content of this guide covers the fundamentals of the automation profession, automation is a dynamic field of practice that continues to change through new technologies and practices. That’s why it was important to introduce this new edition,” says Verhappen. “The value of the book remains the same, however, as it serves as a highly applicable, condensed reference guide to established automation principles and practices.”

Given its easy-to-follow, plainly written format and approach, Sands says the book is particularly valuable to automation professionals early in their careers as well as to other practitioners in the field needing a “refresher” on certain topics. The guide is also consistent with the Automation Competency Model—which defines the core skills and knowledge needed to succeed as an automation professional—and relied upon as a study guide for those seeking to gain ISA Certified Automation Professional (CAP) certification.

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