Controlling Interests Editors' Blog

"Alarming Deja Vu"

Editor in Chief Paul Studebaker is amazed at how much the process automation landscape has changed. Yet something that has not changed much is alarm management. He wants to hear about alarm management in your plant.

@waltboyes gets award. #isautowk #pauto #automation #isamktgsales

I was blindsided this morning by a request that I show up at the Division Awards Luncheon...

Peter Martin speaks at #ISAutoWk as replacement keynote #pauto #isa #automation

Substituting on short notice for Major General Robert E. Wheeler, USAF, who got called to a meeting at the White House, Martin gave a highly entertaining keynote on "The Future of Automation."

Lick and Stick Sensors-- are they real? #pauto #sensors #automation

The Internet of Things has been chugging along for about ten years now, and it is about to reach critical mass. What is giving it the oomph to become mainstream is the concept of inexpensive sensors for just about anything and simple, effective control systems and HMIs that are designed...

Happy Umpteenth Birthday, Eoin! #readout #pauto #automation #ISA

Today is Eoin O Riain's (somenumbermumble) birthday. Eoin has been a leader in the automation profession since long time ago.

Gartner's prognostications for emerging strategic technologies...for 2014 #pauto #automation #IT

Gartner released its Top Ten list of strategic emerging technologies for 2014. Some of these are no-brainers, others require some thinking about.

My Keynote at 13th ICS Cyber Security Conference #pauto #cyber #safety #joe_weiss

Here's the slideshow for my keynote today at the 13th ICS Cyber Security Conference.

#InternetofThings IBM Weighs In #sensors #IOT #pauto #automation

Whether you call it the Internet of Things, or Pervasive Sensing, or Big Data, the fact is, sensors and embedded computers are becoming commonly used in nearly everything, from toasters to control systems. 

Why No Threat Scenarios in Operator Training Systems #pauto #SoftwareRevolution #safety #cybersecurity #automation #training

The cost of Operator Training Simulators is going down. That's great. But nobody is asking for threat-based operator scenarios. Why not? 

About @Invensys and @Schneider_Electric #pauto #automation #mergers

Schneider Electric will be acquiring Invensys sometime in the new year. I’ve avoided writing about this subject for a while, waiting to see what happens when the dust settles. The dust hasn’t completely settled, but it is clear that there are two camps into which most of the thought leaders...