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Advanced Temperature Measurement and Control – 2nd Edition

Author Gregory K. McMillan, Available December 13, 2010

Advanced Temperature Measurement and Control - 2nd EditionDescription: This book provides a comprehensive view of what is needed to take advantage of the latest developments in smart and wireless temperature measurements and control strategies. A fundamental understanding of the capabilities of temperature sensors and the advances in wireless technology are provided. The effect of sensor types and installation on measurement accuracy and speed is detailed. Guidance is provided for making the commonly faced choice between thermocouples versus resistance temperature detectors. The temperature control requirements for various types of equipment are discussed. Control systems to meet specific objectives are provided. The appendices provide solutions to the exercises, data important for heat transfer, a unification of controller tuning methods, and equations to estimate process dynamics.

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Centrifugal and Axial Compressor Control

Author Gregory K. McMillan, Published March 15, 2010

Centrifugal and Axial Compressor ControlDescription: Control engineers, mechanical engineers and mechanical technicians will learn how to select the proper control systems for axial and centrifugal compressors for proper throughput and surge control, with a particular emphasis on surge control. Readers will learn to understand the importance of transmitter speed, digital controller sample time, and control valve stroking time in helping to prevent surge. Engineers and technicians will find this book to be a highly valuable guide on compressor control schemes and the importance of mitigating costly and sometimes catastrophic surge problems. It can be used as a self-tutorial guide or in the classroom with the book’s helpful end-of-chapter questions and exercises and sections for keeping notes.

Available for Purchase at Amazon.com and the Momentum Press Bookstore

 

Process Control Case Histories: An Insightful and Humorous Perspective from the Control Room

Author Gregory K. McMillan, Published March 15, 2010

Process Control Case Histories: An Insightful and Humorous Perspective from the Control RoomDescription: Control engineers, mechanical engineers and mechanical technicians will learn how to select the proper control systems for axial and centrifugal compressors for proper throughput and surge control, with a particular emphasis on surge control. Readers will learn to understand the importance of transmitter speed, digital controller sample time, and control valve stroking time in helping to prevent surge. Engineers and technicians will find this book to be a highly valuable guide on compressor control schemes and the importance of mitigating costly and sometimes catastrophic surge problems. It can be used as a self-tutorial guide or in the classroom with the book’s helpful end-of-chapter questions and exercises and sections for keeping notes.

Available for Purchase at Amazon.com and the Momentum Press Bookstore

 

The Funnier Side of Retirement for Engineers and People of the Technical Persuasion

Author Gregory K. McMillan, Published January 14, 2008

The Funnier Side of Retirement for Engineers and People of the Technical PersuasionDescription: We all know seniors of the technical persuasion. You may even be one yourself. Here is your chance to have a far-out look (or an up-front stare if your company is headed for reorganization) into what retirement offers for geeks. This humorous book puts the Senior World on your doorstep – or at least in your mailbox. Ted Williams’ cartoons make this book a graphic expose. Here is your chance to find out how to have your cake and eat it too while watching a big screen TV.

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The Life and Times of an Automation Professional: An Illustrated Guide

Authors Greg McMillan, Ted Williams, and Stan Weiner, Published October 2005

The Life and Times of an Automation Professional: An Illustrated GuideTop Ten Reasons to Buy This Book:

  • 10. Endorsed by the AMA (Automation Medical Association). Laughter is the best medicine, especially after a hard day’s night on startup.
  • 9. Wonderful coloring book for kids. See if they can spot their parents.
  • 8. Inspiring comic book for aspiring automation engineers. The “Great Automator” is the superhero of choice for budding geeks.
  • 7. Inspiring comic book for expiring automation engineers. The “Great Motivator” is the superhero of choice for retiring geeks. A large print version will be available after Ted receives his new set of “Colossal Pencils and Crayons.”
  • 6. Every picture tells a story. Send your stories to Stan and Greg for future cartoons in the possible, pending sequel. Look for the swimsuit issue where “Robbie the Robot” sports his Speedo.
  • 5. Charming anniversary present. This book is a diamond in the rough and says “forever” if dipped in acrylic. Not suitable as a gift for Domestic Companions.
  • 4. Boss-friendly unlike previous books by Stan and Greg. There are very few jokes at the expense of management. In retrospect, this was an oversight on our part but it does mean the book does not have to be delivered in a plain brown wrapper. Actually, Stan tried to add more management jokes, but Greg seems to be mellowing in anticipation of receiving Medicare.**
  • 3. Get a refund. If this book is no laughing matter, send the original UPC along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to Stan and Greg. They will email you the tracking number for the $0.25 royalty rebate along with a picture of Stan cleaning the pool.
  • 2. Discounts for futuristic “Great Automator” and “Robbie the Robot” action figures. Just show your copy at the next ISA EXPO to your friendly ISA bookstore person. Pose the figures to guard the entrance to your cubicle.*
  • 1. Great preparation for the upcoming “Automation Reality” TV program. Twenty vendors and one “user” are locked in a room with 1000 PowerPoint slides—very similar to a local ISA meeting.

*Action figures may not be available in your lifetime and discounts are not inheritable; however, the editor is working on a plan to make them available as SYMBOLS for your nursing home nightstand.

**In the end, it seems like Ted will slip in a cartoon of a female-type boss trying to convince him that “discrete manufacturing” is more important than his ethics or appearance.

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Good Tuning: A Pocket Guide, Second Edition

Author Gregory K. McMillan, Published April 1, 2005

Good Tuning: A Pocket Guide, Second EditionFrom the Inside Flap: Every practicing instrument, process control, and process engineer will want to have this practical and to the point pocket guide on good tuning. Good Tuning: A Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition is a portable, concise summary of all the practical considerations for tuning loops. It includes step-by-step descriptions of the three best field-proven tuning procedures, a table of typical tuning settings, a summary of valve performance problems, logic diagrams for troubleshooting, and over 70 “rules of thumb”. Wherever you have data and tuning access, you can estimate the settings for configuring new loops to review and improve the tuning of existing loops.

This second edition includes a new section on methods for reducing valve backlash and sticktion, and preventing excessive sensor lag and noise. It also has new chapters on adaptive control and the application recommendations and considerations for batch control, boilers, crystallizers, columns, dryers, evaporators, extruders, neutralizers, reactors, and many other types of process equipment.

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Models Unleashed: Virtual Plant and Model Predictive Control Applications

Authors Gregory K. McMillan and Robert Cameron, Published October 2003

Models Unleashed: Virtual Plant and Model Predictive Control ApplicationsDescription: Building on the knowledge and the goals of the best-selling book, Advanced Control Unleashed, this portable pocket guide goes beyond theoretical concepts and provides new insight into the implementation practices after the objectives have been defined and the technology decisions have been made.

Recognizing the opportunity that models present to capture and exploit plant knowledge, the authors share their expertise on the concepts, procedures, and examples needed to construct and apply different models through the use of “state of the art” software for simulation and model predictive control. You don’t need an advanced degree to get the most out of this pocket guide. Models Unleashed will help engineers closest to the application take advantage of their experience by embedding it in a model and a control system.

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Dispersing Heat Through Conviction: The Funnier Side of Process Control

Author Gregory K. McMillan, Published January 2000

Dispersing Heat Through Conviction: The Funnier Side of Process ControlDescription: If “Dilbert” worked as a process engineer, this is the kind of stuff he would tell you about. Here’s an insider’s collection of original satires and jokes from the men and women behind the tanks and valves and digital readouts.

Incompetent bosses, insecure jobs, convoluted procedures, unrealistic expectations, and dumb mistakes-it’s all here, in living black and white. Longtime process control expert Greg McMillan has collaborated with cartoonist Ted Williams and friends to tell you about bad start-ups, Y2K problems, and just plain old everyday plant floor craziness.

Here too is “From the Control Room”-a hilarious catalog of malapropisms and verbal flubs by those most eloquent of professionals, control room operators and engineers. Throw in a few of McMillan’s favorite lists and jokes from earlier books, such as “The Top Ten Terrifying Thoughts of Control Engineers, Just Before they Fall Asleep,” and you’ve got a collection of silliness and fun that will tickle the funny bone of anybody in the know.

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Process/Industrial Instruments and Controls Handbook, 5th Edition

Authors Gregory K. McMillan and Douglas Considine, Published October 1, 1999

Process/Industrial Instruments and Controls Handbook, 5th EditionFrom the Back Cover: Announcing a major revision of the leading instruments and controls sourcebook. The best seller in the field! Updated to mirror the most common industry practices. Enhanced with important secions on process control improvement and new instrumentation standards. Covers the latest advances sparked by increased power and miniaturization of the microprocessor and more.

Society of America award winner Gregory K. McMillan’s updated, expanded, and revised Process/industrial Instruments and Controls Handbook brings you the latest methods for increasing process efficiency, production rate, and quality – plus all the background you need to approach any key decision with confidence.

Packed with best practice solutions derived from the hands-on experience of top technical experts, as well as significant recent developments in microprocessors and other key components, this compendium was designed with one goal in mind: to help you solve problems in the most efficient way possible. More than 50 articles from leaders in the field, hundreds of illustrations and tables, and a well-designed format make this Handbook the most useful assistant you can have on the job.

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How to Become an Instrument Engineer Part 1.523: New and Improved! 52% More Entertaining Than Original

Authors Gregory K. McMillan and Stanley Weiner, Published October 1, 1994

How to Become an Instrument Engineer Part 1.523: New and Improved! 52% More Entertaining Than OriginalNicholas Sands Review: How to Become an Instrument Engineer Part 1.523, released in 1994, marked the return to the technical, but not too technical, tone of the original. And this time the authors recruited some assistants. There is excellent advice on how to improve your plant today through tuning, a testimonial on valve position control, and a review of mass flowmeters mixed in with a visit from aliens, a cameo by Garth and Wayne, and a tribute to Stan Weiner.

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Logical Thoughts at 4:00 A.M.: A 99.99% Fact-Free Book

Author G.S. McWeiner, Published October 1991

Logical Thoughts at 4:00 A.M.: A 99.99% Fact-Free BookNicholas Sands Review: This book has less to say about instrument engineering and more to say about corporate culture and the imagination of instrument engineers. The commentary ranges from dreams of corporate success attributed to the engineers to the nightmare thoughts of engineers, from ethics to pie fights, and from Paul Revere to the three Bears. The subtitle appears to be true: A 99.99% Fact-Free Book. But it is 99% entertaining, especially to those who worked with instruments in the early 1990s.

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How to Become an Instrument Engineer: The Making of a Prima Donna

Authors Gregory K. McMillan and Stanley Weiner, Published December 1987

How to Become an Instrument Engineer: The Making of a Prima DonnaDescription: A timeless collection of humorous essays, enjoyed by instrument engineers around the world – making your day more enjoyable one story at a time.

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Funny Thing CoverA Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Control Room

Author Gregory K. McMillan, Published October 1989

Description: This book is a humorous collection of essays many which began as InTech magazine articles.

URL: http://funnything.modelingandcontrol.com

 

 

 

 

 

Continuous Control Techniques CoverContinuous Control Techniques for Distributed Control Systems

Author Gregory K. McMillan, Published May 1989

Description: This book is an Independent Learning Module (ILM) as developed and published by the Instrument Society of America. The ILMs are the principal components of a major educational system designed primarily for independent self- study. This comprehensive learning system has been custom- designed and created for ISA to more fully educate people in the basic theories and technologies associated with applied instrumentation and control.

URL: http://controltechniques.modelingandcontrol.com

 

 

 

Biochemical Measurement and Control CoverBiochemical Measurement and Control

Author Gregory K. McMillan, Published May 1987

Description: This book provides an early look at the tremendous impact of genetic engineering and a need to update our skills as automation engineers. The process control requirements and challenges for biochemical process measurement and control are introduced. The special requirements for common measurements and the opportunities of composition measurements are covered. The emphasis is on basic and advanced control of bioreactors.

URL: http://biochemicalmeasurement.modelingandcontrol.com/

 

 

 

Instructors Guide CoverStudent Text CoverCentrifugal and Axial Compressor Control Student Text and Instructor’s Guide

Author Gregory K. McMillan, Published 1983

Description: This text demonstrates how to select the proper control schemes and instrumentation for centrifugal and axial compressor throughput and surge control. More material is devoted to surge control because surge control is more difficult and the consequences of poor control are more severe.

This text is directed principally to the instrumentation and process control engineers who design or maintain compressor control systems. Process, mechanical, startup, and sales engineers can also benefit from the perspective gained on the unusual problem of compressor surge and the associated need for special instrumentation. The overall goal of this text is to instruct the reader on how to properly design and maintain compressor control loops.

Student Text URL: http://compressorcontrolstudent.modelingandcontrol.com/

Instructor’s Guide URL: http://compressorcontrolinstructor.modelingandcontrol.com/

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