The process manufacturing business has changed dramatically in recent years. Manufacturing companies now face the challenges of a global marketplace where every part of the operation, must become more efficient to enhance the bottom line. 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 over 30 years of industry trends, pointing out strength and pitfalls of each. The book 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. Key findings include the fact that returns are even capable of measuring the performance of process automation systems. The author explains a strategy for measuring and improving automation system performance for the ultimate goal: 'Bottom Line', and provides case studies of how such a strategy was implemented in three process manufacturing organizations. The author, Peter G. Martin, Ph.D., brings over 30 years of industry experience, education, and research, together in this unprecedented work.
After joining the Foxboro Company in the 1970's, Dr. Martin worked in a variety of positions in training, engineering, product planning, marketing and strategic planning. He later became Vice President at Automation Research Corporation before returning in 1996 to the Foxboro Company (now part of Invensys Process Automation) where he currently serves as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. Dr. Martin has B.A. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics, an M.A. degree in Administration and Management, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering.