The Great Kanduski: Best Practices in Industrial Networking

IEC Safety Standards (IEC 61508) Help

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.

Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) market in your future?

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.

Automation Market Size Video

Understanding the size and scope of the automation sector is worth understanding on a periodic basis. This 4 minute video has a look at this information from several angles.

Cybersecurity Infographic

Cybersecurity is one of today’s “Top of Mind” items for anyone working in the industrial communications. A new info graphic from the Industrial-IP organization emphasizes how security matters.

Western Canada Student Games March 13-16

Western Canada and Washington State Instrumentation technology students to participate in Student Games at SAIT in Calgary, Alberta on weekend of March 13 – 16.

NI 2014 Technology Trend Report

National Instruments (NI) has just released their 2014 Trend Watch identifying 6 areas of future development that will alter your productivity level.

Kanduski Returns!

After a too long hiatus I am back – fulfilling a New Year’s resolution, coincidentally on the eve of Chinese New Year, to post regularly (weekly at a minimum) on all things that interest myself and hopefully you that I come across between updates.

Updated Sercos Monitor keeps networks running

sercos international, supplier of the sercos® automation bus, offers a free update for the sercos Monitor used to monitor the health of SercosIII systems.

Nivis Changes Industrial Wireless Game

Nivis, www.nivis.com announced that they are now providing the source code for their ISA100.11a and WirelessHART software platforms which will certainly encourage the development of products of both protocols. Reading the press release http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Nivis-Announces-Open-Source-Availability-for-ISA10011a-and-WirelessHART-1779385.htm further of which I have passed the relevant part below, it appears the business model...

Natural Gas Fueling the future

There continues to be much discussion about natural gas for a variety of reasons, not just the large reserves made possible because of Shale gas deposit development, but also because the associated economic repercussions to industry and manufacturing around the world.