From the reviews:
"Jonathan Love's tour-de-force single volume Process Automation Handbook is a necessary reference, right beside Liptak's Instrument Engineer's Handbook, and if I can be pardoned, my own Instrumentation Reference Book, that should be on every process automation professional's desk or bookshelf.
"In the other two works, Liptak and I concentrate on the automation components, systems and devices that make automation work, while Love concentrates on the processes and systems that those devices make up.
"This book cannot be rated too highly. Dr. Love is a remarkably good writer, too, and his book is anything but dry and scholarly. Scholarship is there, yes, and exceptionally good, too, but the book is written in an extremely accessible voice.
"Since we are seeing people entering the profession who haven't any experience and don't have a clue how to make these systems work, it is essential for books like this to be written simply, yet deeply, because it is books like the Process Automation Handbook that will be the substitute for the experience and expertise that is retiring and walking away from the process industries daily as our work force ages.
"If you are in the field of process automation, suck it up and buy this book! It is one of the best investments in your career you can make." (Walt Boyes, Editor, ControlGlobal.com, April 2010)
"The objective of Process Automation Handbook has been to distill into a single coherent handbook all the essentials of process automation at a depth sufficient for most practical purposes. … will be of value to any engineer actively concerned with process control and automation in the chemical and process industries and final-year undergraduate and postgraduate students studying process control. Written for: Control engineers in bulk chemicals, speciality chemicals, biochemicals, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, oil and gas, power water treatment, minerals processing, food and drink … ." (Automatisierungstechnische Praxis, Vol. 50 (2), 2008)
"The book opens with basic process control … . A practical, sound basis is given for each topic, making the material accessible to the practitioner. … An excellent handbook and a rich sourcebook for the practicing engineer, it includes most topics pertinent to modern process control. The book is well referenced and indexed and includes an excellent acronym table. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals." (K. I. Mumme, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (9), 2008)
"… the Handbook of process automation deserves a 'must-buy' place on the bookshelves of anyone involved in applying process automation for profit in the process industries." (Paul Sawyer, secretary of IChemE's Process Management and Control Subject Group, TCE Today, July 2008)
From the Back Cover
To be effective as an engineer practicing in the field of process automation requires a breadth of knowledge across a wide range of disciplines: chemical engineering, instrumentation, electrical engineering, control theory, mathematics, computing and management.
Previously published books exist in these areas but most are generic and, of those that are applied in nature, few are oriented towards the actual needs of the chemical and process industry. It is impractical for engineers and unreasonable for students to have to cope with this spectrum of material and lack of emphasis. The objective of Process Automation Handbook has been to distil into a single coherent handbook all the essentials of process automation at a depth sufficient for most practical purposes.
The handbook focuses on the knowledge needed to cope with the vast majority of process control and automation situations. In doing so, a number of sensible balances have been carefully struck between breadth and depth, theory and practice, classical and modern, technology and technique, information and understanding. A thorough grounding is provided for every topic. If more detailed information is required, the reader is referred to more specialised texts in the knowledge that he or she has been provided with a sound platform to ask the right questions and understand the answers.
Process Automation Handbook will be of value to any engineer actively concerned with process control and automation in the chemical and process industries and final-year undergraduate and postgraduate students studying process control.