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control system

[kən′trōl ‚sis·təm]
(engineering)
A system in which one or more outputs are forced to change in a desired manner as time progresses.
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control network

A group of interconnected devices that manage machines, lights, valves, appliances and other physical devices. Control networks are used in countless applications in factories, in the field, in the home or office as well as within buildings, cars, trucks and other vehicles. See home control network and industrial control network.

industrial automation

Making products under the control of computers and programmable controllers. Manufacturing assembly lines as well as stand-alone machine tools (CNC machines) and robotic devices fall into the industrial automation category. See OPC, discrete manufacturing, process control, PLC, DCS and PAC.

process control

The automated control of a process. Process control is used extensively in oil refining, chemical processing, electrical generation and the food and beverage industries where the creation of a product is based on a continuous series of processes being applied to raw materials.

Such systems typically deal with analog signals from sensors and meters that are transmitted to specialized computers which cause the temperature, pressure and flow to be continually adjusted (see DCS and PAC). Process control makes extensive use of analog/digital and digital/analog conversion. See process controller, control loop and industrial automation.
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GAO was asked to review (1) the effect that the program structure has on the level of support and types of services in rural areas, (2) the extent to which FCC has developed performance goals and measures for the program, and (3) the extent to which FCC has implemented internal control mechanisms. GAO reviewed relevant documents; interviewed federal and state officials, industry participants, and experts; conducted 11 state site visits; and conducted a survey of state regulators, available online at GAO-08-662SP.