The Great Kanduski: Best Practices in Industrial Networking

2011 ISA Oil Sands Automation Conference

I just returned from an informative 1.5 days back in my old “stomping grounds” in Fort McMurray and the annual Oil Sands Conference where I not only had  a chance to reconnect with my former colleagues but also learn about several new exciting developments in the oil sands industry.

Control Network Diagnostics

There are lots of tools available to test and manage corporate or business networks, but how many options are there available to perform the same role on the control side of the firewall? One would think that the Physical Layer tools (Ethernet) will be the same however if you are...

Asset Management Standard Proposal

The vast majority of field devices in use today have the capability to communicate the diagnostic information on their health and general condition. Unfortunately, it is estimated that 85 – 90% of this data is not being used as part of an integrated maintenance strategy.

ARC Forum – Economy must be improving

Though I was only at the ARC Forum for the first day and was tied up in meetings for most of the day it was easy to see the energy level was much higher than last year.

Automation Standards Listings

How often does each of us wonder “is there a standard for that?” I know practically every project that I work on is driven by standards – either project specific and most often related to another standard from a standard developing organisation such as ISA or the IEC.

IFPAC - Process Analyzer Connections

I have just returned from the 25th IFPAC conference in Baltimore in part to renew my Process Analyser roots and acquaintances but mostly to see how the technology has evolved in the past few years and has expected it has migrated to smaller, faster, smarter minimally invasive instruments -minimally invasive...

Overloaded Data Pipes

HAPPY NEW YEAR and therefore it is an appropriate to take a quick look at one of the “things” that might be affecting us sooner than we might want.

Future Field Interfaces?

I am sure that many of you if you do not have one already have a e-book reader on your wish list for later this week – agreement on a standard format is another issue altogether and the reason I have not yet taken the plunge (well that and libraries...

The Human Network – Kuwait

I have just returned from an enjoyable two weeks in Kuwait where I was teaching SAIT’s Certified FF Professional course to a corporate client and what it did reinforce was that the most important network we can all join is the Human Network, so watch for more similar themed posts...

Changing the guard at Fieldbus Foundation

A little late, however I just found out that now that John Berra has officially retired, Dr. Gunther Kegel has been elected the chairman of the Fieldbus Foundation Board of Directors.  John was chairman for 16 years – basically since the beginning.