Instrumentation and Computer Control course is specially designed to make the scientists and engineers capable of interfacing an experimental setup, automate the setup by computer controls, the book is unique in its treatment of the subject in terms of coverage and approach.
The book adopts a ""learning through doing"" approach.
Each chapter deals with a major topic in computer control system design related to hardware, firmware and software.
The chapters proceed as a series of practical experiments -- the reader sets up a simple hardware system, develops and downloads a simple program, and immediately observes and tests the outcome.
The book then reflects on the experimental results, evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the technology or technique introduced, explores how precise the link is between theory and practice, and considers scaling up the applications in the wider context.
This is one of a few books that explains how to automate a lab, industry etc., using own proprietary or commercially made instruments using hardware, firmware and software.
The book can be used by automation engineers in the industry, physicists working in an experimental setup, embedded system engineers and students who are interested in PC interfacing projects.
Every chapter includes all the interfacing buses, hardware firmware and software design. Salient FeaturesHands-on introduction to the field of microcontroller interfacing, PC interfacing, automation, computer controls, and sensor data acquisitionFocuses on fast prototyping of hardware, firmware and software for control and data acquisitionCovers all latest basic embedded system concepts, through simple and effective experimentationGives an understanding of ARM and ATMEL technology and interfacing, and their use in the world's leading technology companiesContains a practical introduction to embedded firmware programming using C++ basicsDevelops interfacing GUI using Visual Basic, Qt and LabVIEWIntroduces: interfacing standards like RS232, GPIB, PLC Modbus, SCADA, CAMAC and VMEprotocols like http, RPC, SPI etc., and techniques like PID using Ethernet-based embedded web clientsthe network analysis tool ""wireshark""and interfacing of PLC, VFD, HMI, CAN, ETHERNET, and USB ReferenceCombines the ARM mbed technology with a simple low cost ""breadboard"" approach for simplifying applicationsAll key concepts are covered through simple and effective experimentation