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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 DRAFT agenda for the October ICS Cyber Security Conference is now available

The DRAFT agenda for the 14th ICS Cyber Security Conference the week of October 20th at Georgia Tech in Atlanta is now available at The Conference and topics are very timely given the pervasive misinformation that continues to appear.

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...

Palo Alto Networks webinar on ICS network segmentation

I will be participating with Palo Alto Networks and an industrial customer on a webinar on network segmentation. The webinar is on September 24th at 11am Pacific and can be found at

Cyber security and the electric grid – it IS a problem

Politico had an article, “U.S. grid safe from large-scale attack, experts say”. Enclosed is quick summary of why I disagree.

The system is REALLY broken – even the banks don’t get ICS cyber security

Several months ago I was approached by an executive at a  large bank.  The concern was cyber security of their building controls and the lack of a bridge between the IT security people and the building controls people. This morning, 9/11, I received the following note: "...

Fraunhofer Institute lectures on control system cyber security

I have been invited to give two lectures at the Fraunhofer Institute in Darmstadt, Germany on various aspects of control system cyber security. The first is scheduled for December 2nd and the second for January 6th. The lecture series is called: “A new security culture for "Industrie 4.0".

Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communications Foundation Merge

The Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communications foundation have now officially merged to form a new organisation to known as FieldComm Group.  As no surprise Ted Masters will be president and CEO of FieldComm Group.

Foundation Fieldbus Chipset Migration

The Fieldbus Foundation recently distributed a “Hot off the Wire” Press Release to inform everyone that one of the manufacturers of an approved chip set on which the FF Stack is built is to be discontinued in March 2015.

Batch Optimization Recommendations Tips

Batch processes pose particular challenges for closed-loop control and optimization due to inherent process nonlinearity and non-self-regulation. At the same time there is a greater potential for increasing capacity in batch than in continuous processes. Solutions need to address the interrelationship between yield, capacity, quality, and repeatability.