Texas A&M Instrumentation Symposium

I was fortunate enough to be able to participate and speak at the “68th Annual Instrumentation Symposium for the Process Industries” January 22-24 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Fukushima in Our Food

Radiation from Japan is showing up in our food. Shouldn't we do something about it?

Images of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant after 2011 Earthquake & Tsunami

Through our Facebook feed we came across these pics - not released on major American news sites - of Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant after the earthquake and tsunami.

Cyber Threat to Control Systems: Are Companies Expecting Too Much Info?

The industry uses the general term "threat information," but during more detailed discussions, it seems that the information companies seek is more like the traditional military concept of "tactical information."

Free Stuff and Safety Info Too

Hey, it doesn't get much better than that. ISA sent this reminder to my email box this morning. Check it out. SIS training and free CDs. Sweet.

Foundation Fieldbus SIS-- we CAN all get along!

Rich Timoney, president of the Fieldbus Foundation, likened it to the difference between forensics and diagnostic medicine. One figures out what happened after you're dead, the other keeps you alive and healthy. That's the point to the five year effort to develop Safety Instrumented Systems using Foundation Fieldbus.

Honeywell Safety Manager gets NFPA 72 Cert from USA certifier

From the press release:   HONEYWELL SAFETY MANAGER ATTAINS CERTIFICATION FROM FACTORY MUTUAL   Safety Manager is First Safety System in Process Industries to Receive NFPA 72 Certification from U.S.-Certifying Body   PHOENIX, Feb. 28, 2008 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced its Safety Manager platform is the process industries’ first safety...

So you think Bob Adamski's nightmare is wrong? Read on!

Bob Adamski, Invensys' SIS guru, has been talking about the hacking of process safety systems for several years now. I think he's right, but we appear to be in a minority. Bob gave me his nightmare about how this could be done several years ago, and I've had it for a...

Ok, what's it going to take, friends?

Well, we've had another Sarbanes-Oxley event. This time, a plant called T2 Labs in Jacksonville, Fla. suffered an explosion which killed at least three persons and sent at least fourteen to area hospitals. See the report here: It is simply too early to determine the cause of the explosion...

Moron safety--pun intended

Last week, the UK HSE (Health and Safety Executive), the UK equivalent of OSHA, reported that in their opinion, more than half of the oil and gas industry's basic assets in the UK North Sea that have been inspected over the past 3 years are in poor condition, and companies...