Correct planning of up-to-date process control systems results in considerable process automation and rationalization. These systems are used in process engineering, in production plants of the chemical industries and in power stations to a growing extent and rapidly reveal their advantages in terms of increased efficiency, improved product quality and reduced maintenance. However, this necessitates to make full and consistent use of the systems' qualities. Lack of experience often result in flows and errors in planning. The VDE und VDI district associations, Frankfurt, selected this subject for this year's discussion in the working group in February/March 1985 in order to provide a comprehensive coverage and demonstration of the field concerned. Experts and interested persons are given information on what facts will have to be observed during all stages in the planning of up-to-date process control systems. The book deals with the following subjects: From the process involved to the structure of the control system; - system specification and system selection; - configuration and project-accompagnying documentation; - trends and prospects exemplified by recent developments.