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Effect of Interactions Perspective Tips

Since most unit operations have multiple loops and streams, interactions can exist where the PID output of one loop affects the PID process variable of another loop and vice versa. Interactions can cause loops to confusingly burst into oscillations.

Cybersecurity Framework 1.0—Your Latest Must-Read

One year to the day after President Obama issued Executive Order 13636: Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, NIST has released its Cybersecurity Framework 1.0, “Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity”  You may want to read it sooner rather than later.

Western Canada Student Games March 13-16

Western Canada and Washington State Instrumentation technology students to participate in Student Games at SAIT in Calgary, Alberta on weekend of March 13 – 16.

NI 2014 Technology Trend Report

National Instruments (NI) has just released their 2014 Trend Watch identifying 6 areas of future development that will alter your productivity level.

How serious is the Aurora vulnerability for nuclear plants

The emergency safeguards in existing commercial nuclear plants use large AC motors for their emergency core cooling.  As the Fukushima event demonstrated, emergency core cooling may be needed for a significant period of time. It has been demonstrated that Aurora can damage AC motors.  Since very few substations have implemented the...

Innovation Institutes Deserve a Closer Look

We used to get advanced technology as trickledown from the military, the cold war arms race, NASA, national labs, well-endowed universities and serious basic research centers run by great American companies. Today, many of those avenues are weakened or broken, and we can sure use help from these new centers...

High-Tech Hubs Ignite Editor’s Ear

My ear catches fire when President Obama mentions "high-tech manufacturing hubs." Sounds like control and automation to me, but we may need to reach out from this side, too. 

Kanduski Returns!

After a too long hiatus I am back – fulfilling a New Year’s resolution, coincidentally on the eve of Chinese New Year, to post regularly (weekly at a minimum) on all things that interest myself and hopefully you that I come across between updates.

Palpable Excitement

When we interview the leaders of vendor companies that are completing a merger or acquisition, we're mainly interested in reporting what you – its customers – need to know: how will it change what you can get from them, and how you'll have to go about getting it.

Who is kidding whom about the cyber vulnerability of the electric grid?

Paul Rosenzweig wrote a blog on Lawfare (http://www.lawfareblog.com/2014/01/how-likely-is-a-successful-attack-on-the-electric-grid/) on “How Likely Is A Successful Attack On The Electric Grid?” Paul’s question of how likely is a successful attack on the electric grid has an easy, but uncomfortable answer - near 100%.