from the Automation List department...
glossary of Instrumentation and Controls terms
Information resources, documentation. topic
Posted by Mark L. Goldstein on 11 April, 2003 - 4:34 pm
Does anyone know of or have a general glossary of Instrumentation and Controls terms, that would define such items as PLC, DCS, HMI, etc.?

Posted by Troy Woloshyn on 12 April, 2003 - 11:02 am
One that I find useful is at the link below.

You can download the data at this link, in-case it no longer is available in the future.

Hope this helps.

Posted by Walt Boyes on 13 April, 2003 - 11:27 am
I would go to the source.

The ISA Dictionary of Measurement and Control is THE authoritative source for such definitions...and is available online for members at

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Posted by Anonymous on 12 April, 2003 - 11:04 am
Not sure what you want. The above names are acronyms. Have never seen a glossary for 1. Programmable Logic Controller, 2. Distributed Control System, or 3. Human Machine Interface.

Be specific.

PID - Proportional, Integral, Derivative.
PV - Process Variable
SP - Set Point
CV - Control Variable
FB - Feedback

Posted by Francis Lovering on 14 April, 2003 - 10:28 am
Try this one


Posted by Anonymous on 29 October, 2003 - 11:14 am

Posted by Diana C Bouchard on 31 October, 2003 - 11:11 pm
ISA has an Automation, Systems, and Instrumentation Dictionary that might fill the bill. rce/ProductDisplay.cfm&ProductID=4518

Price is $69 US for ISA members, $84 US for non members.

Diana Bouchard

Posted by lamar e womac on 9 July, 2004 - 2:02 pm ry/Definitions/Definitions.htm

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