The application of microcomputers in large industrial installations (distributed microcomputers)

Cotton, Alan W (1984) The application of microcomputers in large industrial installations (distributed microcomputers). Research Master thesis, Footscray Institute of Technology.


This thesis is concerned with the study of microcomputers in large industrial installations as a replacement for the traditional remote control and monitoring techniques. A typical conveyor transport installation is described and was used as the basis for the system model developed by the author. The thesis outlines the traditional techniques of control and data transmission in a widely distributed conveyor network and shows how they were used, or modified, for a microcomputer-based scheme. In addition to the method of data transmission adopted by the author for the system model, the need for standard data transmission techniques including error checking) is also described. To be complete, research into distributed microcomputer systems must cover computer techniques (software and hardware), input/output requirements and linking techniques. The thesis describes each facet in detail, and includes the problems encountered during implementation. The thesis also includes an outline of the Loy Yang project which is one of two systems for the State Electricity Commission of Victoria (SECV) where some of the concepts have been implemented since the research was completed.

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Master of Engineering

Item type Thesis (Research Master thesis)
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 1005 Communications Technologies
Historical > FOR Classification > 0803 Computer Software
Keywords Digital control systems, Process control, Electronic data processing, Distributed processing, Coal mines and mining, Strip mining, Microcomputers, conveyor networks, data transmission, Loy Yang project
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