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Standardized Messaging for Process Optimization

There's Now a Standard Way to Classify Device Health to the Control System and Incorporate It into the Basic Regulatory Control Loops

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Reader Feedback: Who Do You Trust? People or Machines?

If We Trust the Machine, Are We Not Trusting Another Human to Correctly Program the Machine to Always Take Corrective Action?

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Wired or Wireless Revisited

John Rezabek Wonders If the Future Automation Plant Will Be Completely Wireless or If the Copper Wires and Cables Will Be Necessary

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Beautiful Software Brings Meaning and Pleasure to Big Data

With the Latest Software Upgrades, Handing Big Data Is Better and Easier, but Are Automation Companies Ready to Handle the Data Influx?

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Reader Feedback: Consider All the NERC CIP Standards

If You Are Interested in NERC CIP Standards, You May Want to Start by Reading the Proposed Standards

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Measurement Location Tips

The question for the day is where to locate measurements. My first choice would be a Caribbean island but if the plant is not there, the sensing or sample lines and the associated transportation delays would be quite long. The additional loop dead time would cause all sorts of performance problems that might take years to troubleshoot. I might even have to move to the island. Hmm, sounds good for my golden years.

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The Chinese truly are attacking our critical infrastructure

There have been many reports of the Chinese and others attacking our critical infrastructure.  Bob Radvanovsky from Infracritical acquired some Ruggedom switches from E-Bay and set up a network emulating a well pumping station. Within 2 hours of connecting the systems, he was being attacked primarily from China. This is even more interesting when you realize when the attack started, the honeypot was not seen on Shodan.

 

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Where Does Innovation Come From?

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.

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Wireless Resonance

One of the challenges facing wireless devices is providing them with reliable power other than a battery, which though continually improving requires replacement when the cell dies. Rechargeable batteries are the obvious solution, however the challenge then changes to finding a reliable and safe way to recharge them without adding a wire, or complex system to manage the recharge process which will reduce the efficiency to a level making it cumbersome, expensive and low reliability.

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Beautiful Software Brings Meaning and Pleasure to Big Data
With the Latest Software Upgrades, Handing Big Data Is Better and Easier, but Are Automation Companies Ready to Handle the Data Influx?

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Smart Technology to Drive Smarter Process Plants
Smart Plants Can Operate More Safely, Reliably and Efficienty

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Of Swiss Cheese, KPIs and Process Safety
How to Find Out How Safe Your Operations Really Are

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Wired or Wireless Revisited
John Rezabek Wonders If the Future Automation Plant Will Be Completely Wireless or If the Copper Wires and Cables Will Be Necessary

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IT Tools Elevate DCS Capabilities
Fewer Rivalries and Better Collaboration Are Allowing Distributed Processes to Apply More IT-Based Expertise, Software and Networking to Streamline Operations—and May Even Enable More BYOD, If Security Can Be Maintained

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How to Get the Most Out of Your PID by Better Tuning
Tuning Tune-up. McMilland and Weiner Ask Sigifredo: What Are the Approximate Percentages of the Various Sources of Problems in the Loops You Have Worked With?

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Critical Level Measurement; Novice Engineer's Library
How to Install Three Magnetostrictive Level Gauges and What Are Some Good Instrumentation Books?

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Usability, Process Insights Drive New Micro Motion Transmitter Offering
Micro Motion's New Flagship Model 5700 Transmitter Is Designed to Be Easier to Install, Configure, Operate and Troubleshoot

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Improve Access to Plant Information
There Are Four Stages of Content Management Maturity: Content Under Control, Access Anywhere, Managing Change and Integration With the Business

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How Vulnerable Is Your Safety?
Is Anyone Doing Anything to Protect Your Cybersecurity? You Betcha! The First Line of Defense Better Be You

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