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Gather your wits and submit a caption in the comments section for April's Out of Control Cartoon contest. The winning caption will be featured on ControlGlobal.com as well as in future edition of the Control Global Update enewsletter. You also get the pure joy of knowing that you are funnier than everyone else who entered. And in the end, isn't that what is really important?
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Just because you've changed your Facebook and Dropbox passwords (you have, haven't you?) doesn't mean you can forget about Heartbleed. According to the Christian Science Monitor's Saturday edition, "Unconfirmed reports that Heartbleed has already been used to attack encrypted communications systems of US industrial control systems are being investigated, the US Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) announced in an alert Friday."read more
Advanced regulatory control seeks to incorporate knowledge of process dynamics, disturbances, constraints, and objectives to increase process efficiency and capacity. The PID power and flexibility enables an incredible spectrum of creative opportunities to achieve these goals. Here we look at techniques to preemptively deal with upsets and setpoint changes, protect against abnormal conditions, improve process linearity, compensate for dead time, eliminate limit cycles, reduce valve deadband, improve valve resolution and threshold sensitivity, extend valve rangeability, and optimize process operation. We also consider when to move up to model predictive control.read more
April 1st, a federal grand jury indicted PG&E on 12 counts of knowingly and willfully violating the federal Pipeline Safety Act leading to the San Bruno pipeline rupture. As San Bruno was a control system cyber incident, the cyber security implications include the following. It doesn’t need to be a malicious cyber incident to cause significant damage and now even to be a potential criminal event. A cyber threat to the utilities can have a direct impact on their customers’ facilities and their customers’ physical safety. Just like the Target hack, PG&E and others may be judged on what they SHOULD HAVE known.
It has been a busy summer. For the last couple of months I have had the pleasure of pretending to be a venture capitalist. Earlier this year I joined a local organization called the IT Entrepreneurs Network (ITEN) as a mentor. This is a local organization that exists to help startups in the local area move from the concept stage to securing funding for their business. I am in St. Louis, not silicon valley of the MIT corridor or the Pacific Northwest, and access to resources such as venture capitalists, advisors, and programming skills is not as easy as it is in those locations, hence the need for a networking forum for would-be innovators. One of the mentor roles is serving on a panel of mock angel investors. We meet with and critique the pitches from startups as they present their business plans to us as though we were potential investors. This has given me some new insight into the innovative process.read more
Functional Safety standards continue to generate significant interest and in many cases questions in the automation industry. The Functional Safety standards are more commonly known as IEC 61508, IEC 61511, and ISA-84. The IEC has a web site to support questions on these documents.read more
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