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Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) market in your future?

MEMS technology has grown from a niche application industry to a US$12B industry in a little over the decade – largely driven by the consumer market however work on multiple fronts will bring this technology into the controls and automation realm in a significant way.

ICS Cyber Security Lecture at West Point

I have been invited to give a lecture on ICS Cyber security at West Point April 8th on control system cyber security. The presentation will address what is control system cyber security, how is it different than IT security, what has actually occurred recently, and examples of what is being...

Are You Ready to Be Part of the Electrical Plan?

Integrated project management and electrical/automation systems promise to change the work habits of control engineers.

Cascade Control Perspective Tips

Did you know all loops today use cascade control? Do you understand how cascade control can correct for lower loop disturbances before they affect the upper loop and can make the upper loop faster? Do you know what to do to keep the system from oscillating if the lower loop...

Automation Market Size Video

Understanding the size and scope of the automation sector is worth understanding on a periodic basis. This 4 minute video has a look at this information from several angles.

Robots Take Over, Humans Are Now an Endangered Species

Don't worry Sten Corfitsen and his business partners are doing something to save the human race. They have invented a fully automated, robotic refueling unit for cars.

A “Tale of Two Cities” – where are the insurance companies?

According to an article in BBC, underwriters at Lloyds’ of London say they have seen a "huge increase" in demand for cover from energy firms. But surveyor assessments of the cyber-defenses in place concluded the cyber defenses were inadequate. Now, compare this to the US electric industry.

Two Centuries of Gasification

Every day is somebody’s birthday or anniversary. For example, Google has a doodle up today celebrating the 112th birthday of American author, John Steinbeck. But another, in some respects more important, anniversary is coming up.

2014 ICS Cyber Security Conference

The14th ICS Cyber Security Conference (sometimes known as "Weisscon") will be held October 20-23, 2014 at Georgia Tech. Based on record attendance from last year's conference, please consider making your registration early to assure a space. Registration for the conference will be open to the general public soon.

The NIST Framework and what still needs to be done

The recently issued NIST Framework on CIP is a good basic top level document.  It directly addresses ICS which is a great step forward and I am very happy to see IEC (ISA)-62443 liberally addressed. I believe the shortcoming is the lack of any actual requirements.