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Where to Find Process Automation Innovations

Meet Us at the Corners Because Innovation Happens at Intersections

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SIS: Standards by Committee

SIS Committees Don't Like Plain English. Their work is Peppered with High-Tech Buzzwords, Abbreviations and Acronyms That Make These Documents Harder to Read and Hence Less Valuable

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The Arrogance of the U.S. Nuclear Power Industry - We Don't Want to Look at Everything

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) Has Filed a Rulemaking Proposal with the NRC to Reduce the Number of Systems and Components to Assess for Cybersecurity. Given That Nuclear Plants Are Such High Value Targets and There Are so Many Current Malware Attacks Against Control systems, This Doesn't Make Any Sense

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Reader Feedback: Lose the Manual

Our Readers Back Up Our Claim That Manuals Should Be Tossed


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Humorous Insights into Disturbances and being an Automation Engineer

What comes at you too fast? How do people know you are a process control engineer? What is more disturbing than talk shows? Is a flea market indicative of a project behind schedule? These and other questions you have not asked will be answered.

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Presentation at International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

I will be giving a presentation December 8th at IAEA in Vienna on ICS cyber security at the IAEA Technical Meeting on Computer Security Topical Area Awareness for Nuclear Facilities.

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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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HART - We have an App for that

Innovative HART communications specialty company ProComSol announced earlier this month that they now have an Android based application that when combined with their Bluetooth modem allows any Android Ice Cream Sandwich based system to be used as a handheld communicator for any HART 7 or earlier device.

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Empower Employees with User-Configured Mobile Information
Operators, Managers and Technicians Can Access, Format and Share Information, in a Matter of Seconds.

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End-User Safety Forum: Top Manufacturers Find that Safety Pays for Itself
Best-in-Class Manufacturers Practice Safety Methods that Result in a Lower Worker-Injury Rate, Less Unscheduled Downtime, Fewer Risks and Higher Production

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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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Fieldbus Protocol Foundations Merge
Two Buses, One Foundation. In 2015 Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communications Foundation Will Be One. Does This Mean You'll Be Able to Use Your HART Device for Foundation Fieldbus?

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Mining, Minerals & Cement Forum: A Rich Vein of Automation Innovation
BHP Billiton Streamlines Conveyor Isolation; Arrium Expands Steel Streams; and Anglo American Standardizes Continuous Process and Batch Controls

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What You Need to Know about Starting Up a Plant or System
Planning, Communication and Keeping Track of the Details Are the Secret Sauce

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SIS: Standards by Committee
SIS Committees Don't Like Plain English. Their work is Peppered with High-Tech Buzzwords, Abbreviations and Acronyms That Make These Documents Harder to Read and Hence Less Valuable

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Bevcorp, Corning Environmental Technologies Recognized as Safety Leaders
Winners of Manufacturing Safety Excellence Awards Demonstrate Value of Safety Programs that Go Beyond Simple Compliance

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Combining Building and Process Automation Systems. Is It Better?
Combining Building and Process Automation Systems Can Ease Plant Support, but Be Prepared to Ante Up

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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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