Blogs

Who Is to Blame for Our Control Systems' Vulnerability?

Do we really need to have open systems and risk the cybersecurity of our control systems and plants, or can we do something to ensure the safety of our industrial networks?

Accidents Still Happen; They Still Cost a Lot

Republican House Speaker Joe Straus has tasked the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety with investigating deficiencies in safety, risk management, and disaster planning at chemical facilities.

Safety Lessons from the Titanic

Safety's been on our minds at ControlGlobal a lot of late.

exida discovers counterfeit safety certificates

exida discovered fraudulent certificates claiming that a product meets the functional safety requirements for Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 capable per IEC 61508. These certificates are FALSE.

Counterfeit exida safety certifications discovered

SELLERSVILLE, PA (May 9, 2013) --exida, an accredited global Certification Body, has discovered a counterfeit certificate falsely claiming that a product meets the functional safety requirements for Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 capable per IEC 61508.

The Beginning of a Long March, West, Texas, and Dhaka, Part 2

Yesterday I wrote the following in a brief meditation on the subject of plant safety, West, Texas, and Dhaka, Bangladesh, in particular:

The Beginning of a Long March?

In the United States, it was the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911 that coalesced a long-building movement to improve factory safety conditions. But even the deaths of 146 people. mostly young women, didn't solve our safety problems. Safety is still a struggle in any manufacturing environment.

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.

Digital Clamp Meters Recall

Fluke is voluntarily recalling its digital clamp meters - Fluke 373, 374, 375, and 376 - that were manufactured between Sept. 1, 2010, and Oct. 31, 2012.

Machinery Safety Standards Survey

Consistent with the globalization of products, similar trends are happening in the world of standards, where standards are being harmonized across boundaries through organizations such as IEC and ISO but also between these two organizations as well.