Hi there – I’m looking for some advice as to the best book or books I should buy to quickly ramp me up to speed with regard to all aspects of Industrial Control. Note that I don’t want to become an expert practitioner or anything – I just want to learn the main concepts.
What I’m really looking to learn are fundamental concepts like the difference between “motor control” and “motion control”. I’m also looking to discover all of the various aspects to Industrial Control, starting with low-level sensors and actuators – moving up to CNC machines – then larger scale things like controlling entire processes. Also user interfaces and suchlike.
I’m interested in the top-level control systems that control entire factories. And, of course, the various networking and communications systems linking everything together – including the names of the various communications standards and protocols favored in Industrial Control settings and the reasons why they are so-favored.
I’m interested in learning the history of Industrial Control, from banks of relays to how early Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) worked and what they did and how they were programmed – and then the various evolutions that took place to bring us to where we are today.
I also want to learn all of the terminology and buzzwords. I want introductions to Artificial Intelligence, Neural Networks, PID Control, and Fuzzy Logic Control… all in the context of Industrial Control deployments. Plus I want to become familiar with concepts like High-integrity and Fault-tolerant Control Systems, Self-healing Control Systems, Fault Monitoring and Detection, Adaptive versus Robust Control (what does “Robust Control” mean anyway?).
Again – I don’t want to become the world’s expert in this stuff – I just want to understand the fundamental concepts. The point is that I need to ramp up on this really quickly (fortunately I’m a real quick study), but I’m not sure where to start. There are a lot of books out there, but I can’t afford to throw money away on a book that turns out to be a total waste of time. More importantly, I can’t afford to waste my time on a book that’s a waste of time.
So … what would you recommend? Any suggestions would be very much appreciated. If you have any thoughts on this, please drop me a line at Max@CliveMaxfield.com