This book is a broad introduction to digital control technology and its application in manufacturing automation. The term ‘digital control technology’ refers to a microprocessor-based system, such as a computer, microcontroller or programmable controller. The term ‘manufacturing automation’ refers to self-regulation of machines and processes by their controllers. In a wider usage of the term, authors have sometimes also referred to the automation of decision-making processes of management and scheduling of factory production. Here we use the term in the much narrower sense of the control of electromechanical operations.
KeywordsMachine Tool Automatic Control Shop Floor Supervisory Control Open Loop Control
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