Greg McMillan and Friends Measurement and Final Element Book

by | Jan 18, 2010 | Measurement Instrumentation, Services, Consulting & Training, Valves, Actuators & Regulators | 0 comments

Being lousy at secrets, I thought I’d share some news in an email from‘s Greg McMillan. He’s just completed a book, Essentials of Modern Measurements and Final Elements for the Process Industry: A Guide to Design, Configuration, Installation, and Maintenance. It’s a collaborative effort with several of the Emerson measurement, final element, automation systems, and safety instrumented systems experts.

Here’s a few that I featured on this blog with links to their posts including:

On the ISA book web site, Greg describes it:

Advances in sensor technology and in digital positioner and variable speed drive algorithms, combined with smart features, offer a step change in the performance of modern measurement instruments and final elements. The installed accuracy of many smart instruments has increased by an order of magnitude. There has been a correspondingly dramatic reduction in the drift of transmitters and a similar improvement in the resolution of control valves.

This comprehensive resource aims to increase awareness of the opportunities afforded by modern measurement instruments and final elements, and to show how to get maximum benefit from the revolution in smart technologies. It builds an understanding of the fundamental aspects of measurements, measurement instruments, and final elements for applications in the process industry. The terminology and ideas presented provide a firm foundation for subsequent chapters that focus on what is needed for lowest life-cycle cost and best automation system performance. The last chapter provides a comprehensive exploration of the technology that supports the rapidly expanding opportunities of WirelessHART instrumentation.

The book is written for students or those new to instrumentation and offers guidance and insights for the more experienced folks among us.

Greg notes that the book is done except for the final reviews of copyediting and layout. The ISA book site has it available for order now, but currently lists October 30 as the in-stock date.

If you’re unfamiliar with Greg’s past works, he has many of them freely available as eBooks.

Just based upon these, what Greg shares each week on the blog and some of the collaborators I’ve featured in blog posts, I’m guessing this will be something you want in your library if measurement devices and final elements are within your areas of responsibilities.

Update and bump: I wanted to let everyone know that this book is now printed. I know this because I’m holding one in my hands. It’s available for order in the ISA Bookstore but not yet stocked in

Update 2:’s Sound Off! blog gives Greg and team’s book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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