Sensors and Control Systems in Manufacturing Second Edition by Sabrie Soloman.
The ongoing revolution in manufacturing, well into its third decade, has now (albeit somewhat belatedly) become recognized and joined by government, industry, and academe in this country. It is based on a number of concepts which have made their way into the professional jargon and have been brought to the public’s awareness by technical and business writers: concurrent engineering, flexible manufacturing, just-in-time inventory, agile manufacturing, automation, and quality engineering. Each of these are ingredients that contribute to the ultimate goal, which, simply stated, is to achieve the highest quality products at the lowest possible cost, and to do so in a timely fashion. A tall order, but one on which depends the welfare of a host of individual companies and, even more importantly, the economic health of entire countries, with political and social implications beyond overstatement.
A principal ingredient in the process, perhaps the most important one, is the achievement and implementation of error-free production, and at the same time, a guarantor of quality and a minimizer of waste of materials and labor. At first impression, the term “error-free” will sound like a pious ideal, to be striven for but impossible to attain. A moment of reflection will persuade, however, that the aim need not be a philosophical abstraction. In the final analysis, it is the end product alone that must fall within the range of prescribed tolerances, not each of the many steps in the production process. That is to say, given within the context of computer-integrated manufacturing a sufficient array of monitors distributed throughout the workspace—i.e., sensors (and appropriate means to feed back and respond to, in real time, the information gathered by them) and control systems which can identify, rectify, or remove defects in the course of production—every item that reaches the end of the production line will be, ipso facto, acceptable.
Professor and Chairman Sabrie Soloman labored hard to bring forth the book before the reader, which contains not only an exposition of sensors and controls, but a host of invaluable asides, comments, and extended discourses on key topics of modern manufacturing.
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