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The collective opinion of a group on the discussion of an issue until all agree or everyone is willing to accept the decision.

Continous process control

The use of transducers (sensors) to monitor a process and make automatic changes in operations through the design of appropriate feedback control loops; such devices historically have been mechanical or electromechanical, but now widely use computers and centralized control.

Continual Improvement

Refers to the philosophy whereby every system or process within the organization is subject to continual scrutiny and improvement. Continual improvement is the antithesis of the philosophy which says, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Continual improvement requires that "If it ain't broke, it can be made better."

Continuous-flow production

A process industry production method.

Control circuit

a circuit in a piece of equipment or an electrical circuit that carries the signal determining the control action, as distinct from the power used to energize the various components.

Control Mode

The output form or type of control action used by a temperature controller to control temperature, i.e., on/off, time proportioning, PID.

Control system

a system to guide or manipulate various elements in order to achieve a prescribed result.


a device or program that operates automatically to regulate a controlled variable.


A measurement of the quantity of electrical charge, usually expressed as pico coulomb (10-12 coulombs).


The number of time intervals counted by the dual-slope A/D converter and displayed as the reading of the panel meter, before addition of the decimal point


the Central Processing Unit controls the operation of the computer system and executes the arithmetic and logic functions of a particular program.


In warehouse management, sending parts from receiving directly to shipping to be placed in outgoing orders. Crossdocking allows orders to be filled quickly and precludes parts from staying in a warehouse long enough to be counted as inventory.


Canadian Standards Association.

Cycle Time

The interval required to complete a task, or function, starting from the beginning of the first step until the completion of the last.


Converter Short for digital-to-analog converter. This is a device that changes a digitally coded word into its equivalent quantized analog voltage or current. Just like the A/D device, there are very high-speed D/A's available, capable of converting at data rates up to 1 GHz.

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