Instrumentation and Control Systems Documentation

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ISA-The Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society, 2004 - Computers - 173 pages
This book provides the reader with knowledge needed to understand and apply the symbols and documents used to define a modern industrial instrumentation and control system. The documents that describe modern industrial processes, like most technical work, assume some level of understanding on the readers part. The documents use a schematic, symbol-based language that may resemble Mayan hieroglyphics to those unfamiliar with the process nomenclature. The symbols, however, include a wealth of information once you are able to translate them. This book will train you to read, understand, and apply the symbols and documents used to define a modern industrial instrumentation and control system. For more experienced professionals, insights into using the symbols and documents more effectively are provided. Variations in the use of symbols and documents are given as well as the pitfalls to avoid. To better understand process documentation today, insight into how and when documents are developed, who develops them, why they are developed, and how they are used is provided. The types of documents discussed include process flow diagrams, piping and instrumentation drawings, instrument lists, specification forms, logic diagrams, installation details, location plans, and loop diagrams.

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List of Illustrations XI
PIDs and Symbols 19
Lists and Databases 55

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About the author (2004)

Fred Meier's career spans more than 50 years as a control systems engineer, chief engineer, and engineering manager in the oil, chemical and engineering industries in the United States, Algeria, Canada, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom. He has held Professional Engineer licenses in New York, New Jersey, California, Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. He completed U.S. Army training as an electrical engineer and has a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA from Rutgers University

Fred has been an ISA member for more than 40 years. He has served as President of the New York Section; the Edmonton, Alberta, Section; and the Tar Heel (North Carolina) Capital Area Section. He was awarded the ISA District II Golden Eagle Award in 2000 and ISA's Golden Achievement Award in 2005.

Fred presented two papers at ISA 1982, "Why Not Be an Adaptive Manager?" and, jointly with coworker Trevor Haines, "Contractor Handling of Engineering for Distributed Control Systems." He authored the cover article for CHEMICAL ENGINEERING, Feb. 22, 1982, "Is your control system ready to start up?" Fred and son Cliff (this book's co-author) presented a joint paper at ISA 1999, "A Standard P&ID, elusive as the Scarlet Pimpernel." Fred also published an editorial viewpoint in ISA TRANSACTIONS, October 2002, "A P&ID standard: What, Why, How?'. This book won the Raymond
D. Molloy and the Thomas G. Fisher Awards in 2004.

Cliff Meier's engineering experience started back in the 70s with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University. His attraction to the widgets and intricacies of Instrumentation and Controls has taken him to three continents and involvement in nuclear and fossil fuel power generation, oil and gas production, chemical, pulp and paper processes, microelectronics factories and even wastewater treatment. Cliff has worked on projects ranging in complexity from a few control diagrams to complex modernization projects and green-field installations entailin
thousands of loops and hundreds of schematics. His career started with manual drafting on Mylar sheets and has transitioned to computer-aided design (CAD) where efficient data handling has almost eclipsed the importance of the physical drawings.

While he enjoys the team relationships of design projects, he finds construction, commissioning and teamwork with skilled maintenance technicians, especially the ones with fists of ham, to be almost as rewarding as writing with his Dad.

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