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PC Based Instrumentation and Control, 3rd Edition by Mike Tooley

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4 Programming

Whilst many users of PC-based instrumentation and control systems will be able to make use of off-the-shelf software packages, others may have specific applications for which there is no existing software package available. This is often the case with dedicated process control systems where a particular operational configuration is unique to the system concerned or where an existing software package is limited in some way.

The control engineer should be perfectly capable of developing simple, robust, and efficient control programs without the assistance of a programmer or software engineer. However, where the software is complex, sophisticated, or requires a high degree of optimization, then the services of a software engineer/programmer ...

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