Building an Asset Management (AM) System Is Sort of Like Building a Race Car. You Can Put a Vehicle Together with Parts and Labor, or You Can Buy One Already Built. Can You Do Asset Management Yourself? Of Course You Can. But Can You Afford To?
How do you stay current with problems and threats in process automation if nobody will talk about their experiences and solutions? Editor in Chief Walt Boyes comments in this "special to the web" editorial.
There is some major-league wriggling going on as participants try to avoid simply discussing whether many U.S. oil and gas producers and their supporting industries are doing their best on process safety.
Contributing Editor Wayne Labs reports that the best way to reduce the risks of dealing with dangerous chemicals and equipment that can fail in manufacturing is to integrate safety and process systems from the start.
FF may be facing unexpected challenges in its task to remain useful as it integrates ever more closely with EDDL, COTS Ethernet, and Internet-bsed and/or wireless networking. Executive Editor Jim Montague reports.