This book covers computer automation (including DCS, PLCs, SCADA, and PC-based) in a general, comprehensive, practical fashion. The discussion pertains primarily to process control, but the techniques and equipment discussed apply to any industry using computers for control and data acquisition. Useful as an introductory text explaining concepts and terms for newcomers, the book is also valuable as a guide to automation project execution, an overview for project management, or a source for examples of detailed project documents. The author discusses automation systems from the perspective of user acceptance as well as technical soundness. He emphasizes the importance of developing a system configuration specification, similar to a hardware spec. Criteria for systems evaluation are presented in checklist form. Volume in RMC Series). Contents: Introduction to Digital Systems Computer Automation Project Execution Defining Your System Requirements Specifying Your System Selecting the Right System Configuration Installation and Start-Up Trends in MultiVendor Integration Digital Systems Terminology 1/0 Signal Criteria.