2013 ARC Forum Network News

Apologies about tardiness in posting this, though ironically part of the reason for the delay is that the internet in my hotel in Orlando stopped working after my first night. Rather than report on the forum presentations, which have limited access I will provide instead a short synopsis on...

Can a Leopard Change Its Spots?

In the last post I posited that an automation vendors success in making software central to its business needs to be a key consideration on choosing a strategic partner for automation technology.  It is safe to say that while it seems every automation supplier is investing in software, not every...

Friday Afternoon Link Dump

I'm at it again.  As a public service for those of you who don't get paid to occasionally surf the InterWebs, here are links to a few stories from the process automation world and some other places that you may have missed this week.

The "Ya Done Good" Department

This just crossed my desk this morning. Way to go, Siemens. Good corporate citizenship at work.

Microsoft Moves Into Process with ChemRA

ChemRA. Sounds a bit like a Saturday a.m. kiddie cartoon superhero, but it's not. It's the new initiative from Microsoft to "provide solutions for the chemical and oil refining industries," according to the press release. ChemRA, aka, Chemical Reference Architecture Initiative, Microsoft describes it as "a reference architecture framework that...

Fieldbus Network Timing Parameters – Compel Data

One would think that because the Fieldbus Foundation defines so many other parameters in its standards that the time for the Compel Data message used for the Publish/Subscribe messages on which control in the field is based would also be standardized. Not so.

Now there are two: Siemens does integrated power and control for greenfield sugar mill #pauto #mfg #manufacturing

From the press release... as you can see, Siemens is following ABB's lead in providing power and control. Also, this greenfield sugar mill is being built in the USA, not somewhere else. LSR, or Louisiana Sugar Refining is a joint venture between the largest sugar producers in the US: Cargill,...

Siemens unveils significant new radar level gauge #pauto

Occasionally I get a product introduction that I think is worth taking note of here. Today I got one. Siemens has a new radar level gauge, for solids. I'll let their press release tell you all about it.

The Weather's Good in Munich Too

Apparently things are quite sunny in Munich as well as Milwaukee. (FWIW, it's  46 deg F. and sunny there today.) But even if it had been raining buckets, I think the folks at Siemens would be smiling. This news came over the wires this morning:

New Patch from Microsoft for .LNK SCADA vulnerability

According to the Channel Insider blog, Microsoft has released an out-of-band patch (MS10-046) that attempts to repair the .LNK vulnerability that has been used to attack Siemens S7, PCS7 and WinCC-based HMI systems.