Instrumentation and Control for Industrial Minerals- Current and Future

CIM Bulletin, 1967

J. Scrimgeour Industrial Process Analytical engineering Canadian General Electric Campany Ltd., Peterborough, O'ntario.

The word "instrumentation" has expanded from its original meaning, which in engineering perhaps referred to measuring apparatus alone. In its broadest form, it now includes sensors, display instrumentation, standard packaged controllers and, most recently, the use of stored program computers for on-line process control. The paper traces the evolution, in tutorial form, of the successive application of mechanization, measurement instrumentation, automatic control, central operating systems, programmed control, process computer control, direct digital control and, finally, hierarchies of computers used for process control and corporate management as a fully integrated business system.