Controlling Interests Editors' Blog

Save the Date! ISA/ Maverick Tech Team up for Migration Webinar

ISA and Maverick Technoloies have joined forces to offer a 90-minute webinar on control systems migration. on May 29. The discussion will focus on system migration challenges and show how front-end loading streamlines the process. This could be a must-do, even if you don't like webinars.

Phoenix Contact Goes off the Grid

To celebrate Earth Day, Phoenix Contact (www.phoenixcontact.com) will unveil its new combined cooling, heating and power (CCHP) system, and its president, Jack Nehlig, will ceremonially disconnect from the electric grid. The CCHP system is a natural gas, fixed microturbine system that will generate enough electricity to power the company’s Americas...

Weekend Must-Read: ICSs May Not Be Safe from Heartbleed after All

Just because you've changed your Facebook and Dropbox passwords (you have, haven't you?) doesn't mean you can forget about Heartbleed. According to the Christian Science Monitor's Saturday edition, "Unconfirmed reports that Heartbleed has already been used to attack encrypted communications systems of US industrial control systems are being investigated, the...

See, This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things.

The Heartbleed cyber attack is yet another wake-up call. We can't keep ignoring them.

ISA Website Gets a Makeover

The ISA  launched its completely redesigned Web site yesterday. The new www.isa.org is a state-of-the-art, customer- and member-centric portal that delivers a more personalized and satisfying experience in showcasing ISA's products, services, resources and technical information.

What Happens When You Fail to Calibrate Your Flowmeters?

A flowmeter that is not measuring properly can cause many problems. In a custody-transfer application involving rude oil or natural gas, even the smallest error can cost a customer millions of dollars a year.

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.

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.

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.