ISA releases new book on improving automation system performance

ISA has released an updated edition of Peter G. Martin's Bottom-Line Automation. Based on the results and conclusions of an applied research project of process manufacturing operations directed by the author, Bottom-Line Automation presents an overview of more than 30 years of industry trends, pointing out the strengths and pitfalls of each. Key findings include the fact that returns on automation investments were rarely, if ever, calculated. In fact, accounting systems were not even capable of measuring the performance offered by process automation systems. The author explains a strategy for measuring and improving automation system performance for the ultimate goal―the bottom line―and provides case studies of how such a strategy was implemented in three process manufacturing organizations

Bottom-line Automation also explains how manufacturers selected automation technology suppliers for state-of-the-art technological features in their systems rather than for the improvements the technology could offer the manufacturing operation. Topics added in this edition discuss the economic optimization of industrial assets. This newly revised version will help today's manufacturing companies face the challenges of a global marketplace where every part of the operation must become more efficient to enhance their bottom line.

Peter G. Martin, PhD, brings more than 30 years of industry experience, education, and research together in this second edition.

More information about this resource can be found at www.isa.org/books.

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