Q. Why were you compelled to publish an updated edition?
A. There have been many changes in technology over the past 10 years or so (since the publication of the third edition), particularly in the areas relating to control equipment symbology, sensors, and safety instrumented systems—among other topics. I also received some comments from my students, asking if a new edition was on the way.
The overall success of the previous printings (both the first and third editions were recognized by ISA as best sellers) also encouraged me to review the current book, update it, and publish a fourth edition.
Q. How would you describe the book’s core value to readers?
A. Its core value is that it covers—in a condensed format and practical approach—the fundamental knowledge required for applying process instrumentation and control. Readers are able to get answers to common, day-to-day questions relating to the implementation of process instrumentation and control systems.
Q. Why do you think the subject matter of this book continues to be relevant and important as a reference resource?
A. The book addresses the common challenges and concerns in process instrumentation and control implementations that are faced each day.
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Q. What makes this fourth edition different or more useful than the third edition?
A. The fourth edition includes an entirely new chapter—on Check-out, Commissioning, and Start-up—a new appendix—on A Sample Specification for a Control Panel—and significant updates to all other 20 chapters and nine appendices.
Q. Do you have any other comments you would like to add?
A. This book is currently being used as the reference material for online courses offered at three North American universities. You can learn more by visiting my website at www.bergotech.com.