The Great Kanduski: Best Practices in Industrial Networking
Ian Verhappen, a.k.a "The Great Kanduski," has 25+ years experience in instrumentation, controls and automation. He joins the editors of Control, Control Design and Industrial Networking to offer his perspectives and experiences on networks (including IP based ones), fieldbuses, wireless, and anything that has to do with field level devices (including process analysers).
Much like our Industrial Networking magazine, the Great Kanduski serves the readers of Control and Control Design who are especially interested in fieldbuses, Ethernet, wireless, networking strategies and standards, and the cables, connectors, sniffers and other components that support them.
The Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communications foundation have now officially merged to form a new organisation to known as FieldComm Group. As no surprise Ted Masters will be president and CEO of FieldComm Group.
The Fieldbus Foundation recently distributed a “Hot off the Wire” Press Release to inform everyone that one of the manufacturers of an approved chip set on which the FF Stack is built is to be discontinued in March 2015.
Wireless installations in industrial settings have different challenges and requirements than those found in the typical office environment. A new application guide jointly developed by Rockwell Automation and Cisco is one document to help you better understand what some of those challenges are and how to overcome them.
Gaining an understanding of the changes in the rapidly evolving industrial wireless sector will be valuable to not only manufacturers but also end users and engineering companies to help determine longer term planning. This annual survey from WINA is a valuable tool to assist in gathering this information.
A European standard intended to reduce the likelihood of signal interference in the ISM bands could have a significant impact on how Industrial wireless networks will be designed and operated. Because the standard applies to any device generating above 10mW, it will be relevant to present radio based field sensor networks.
Safety systems are an important component of control systems and with the recent publication of the second edition of these documents so getting an understanding of some of the basic changes is certainly something that should be done.
Plant reliability is a key to successful plant operations. Achieving high levels of reliability requires effective maintenance practices – including taking advantage of the knowledge inherent in today’s smart or intelligent devices. This Webinar describes how FDT technology can be used to achieve better maintenance results directly impacting your bottom line.
Functional Safety standards continue to generate significant interest and in many cases questions in the automation industry. The Functional Safety standards are more commonly known as IEC 61508, IEC 61511, and ISA-84. The IEC has a web site to support questions on these documents.
MEMS technology has grown from a niche application industry to a US$12B industry in a little over the decade – largely driven by the consumer market however work on multiple fronts will bring this technology into the controls and automation realm in a significant way.