The Great Kanduski: Best Practices in Industrial Networking

Understanding the bits and bytes of EtherCAT

I recently came across an interesting link regarding EtherCAT that provides the filters and some analysis of just how the EtherCAT packets are formed including full description of the registers for the EtherCAT Slave Controller and the text content of the individual registers/values.

Machinery Safety Standards Survey

Consistent with the globalization of products, similar trends are happening in the world of standards, where standards are being harmonized across boundaries through organizations such as IEC and ISO but also between these two organizations as well.

Network Management Webinar

I recently presented a webinar cosponsored by ISA and CooperBussman’s Brian Cunningham on the above topic entitled “Staying Connected – Why Network Management Matters” based on the following abstract:

“Proprietary” wireless works too.

A number of manufacturers make field sensor networks that use protocols other than WirelessHART or ISA100.11a and in fact have been on the market for a number of years and in a wide range of form factors.

ISA100.11a Generic Client Interface Interoperability Test

The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute (WCI) www.isa100wci.org announced the November 13, 2012 completion of the interoperability trial to verify its Generic Client Interface (GCI) specification. The GCI is an important component of the ISA100.11a architecture as it defines many of the requirements for ANSI/ISA-100.11a based gateways.

Safety Conference in Edmonton November 27-29, 2012

IDC Technology is hosting a conference and two half-day workshops in Edmonton later this month with workshops presented by both Paul Gruhn on Safety system and John Cusimano on "Assessing the Security of Industrial Control Systems Using Threat Modeling" Tuesday November 27.

Sojourn is Over

After quietly disappearing from your radar at the end of April to join a global manufacturing company I am pleased to say that after that did not work out as planned Walt Boyes was kind enough to ask me to resume this blog so “The Great Kanduski” is back.

Oil Sands Automation 2012

The ISA Edmonton Section has just finished hosting the 9th annual Oil Sands Automation conference in Fort McMurray and as the tag line on the program states – still the only oil sands focused conference hosted in the oil sands.

Tech Workers Where art thou?

While in Austin recently for some meetings at the Fieldbus Foundation I read a copy of the Wall Street Journal about the state of technology workers in the United States. The Population Reference Bureau estimates that approximately 7.6 million workers in the US work in technology fields and the low...

Protect the Grid SmartGrid Initiative

I recently read in Power Magazine (powermag.com) that EPRI is launching the Security and Privacy Initiative, a collaborative effort to investigate cyber security standards, business processes, and technologies to protect the electric grid.