The Great Kanduski: Best Practices in Industrial Networking

New Safety Bus Standard – Mechatrolink

Japan based organization Mechatrolink’s (  Safety Working Group completed a list of specifications  satisfied the requirements of IEC61508 safety integrity level SIL3 for the communications protocol of the MECHATROLINK field network that meets safety standards. TÜV Rheinland, certified the documents in August this year released their Safety bus.

FDI Prototype Demonstration

I just read that the new FDI Corporation is already showing benefits with prototypes of the first FDI components –proof that the concepts being proposed will work have been demonstrated on an ABB system. The prototypes include communications with HART, FF and Profibus protocol devices.

Industrial Data Communications Forum

IDC is preparing a conference event in Brisbane, Australia March 21-22, 2012 that promises an opportunity to network with your peers and learn more about the latest happenings in this exciting and growing field.

ISA Automation Week Wireless Track Sessions

Brad Carlberg, who chaired this year’s Wireless track at Automation Week in Mobile also recorded all the sessions as well so you are now able to get the benefit of both presenter and presentation at the following link

Automation Week 2011

It is Fall here in Canada which can only mean one thing – time to get ready for the annual Conference & Exhibition and of course associated Fall Leader’s Meeting in the days prior to Automation Week.  I will be attending and participating in Automation Week as a speaker on...

Technology Road Shows

The Profibus started the idea of traveling road shows approximately 10 years ago as a way to show Edn Users how their technology worked. The Road Shows consist of a series of free 1-day seminars in different cities around the continent spread out through the year.

PAS 55: Part of your future?

Publicly Available Specification 55 is presently with the IEC in the ISO 5500n series of standards. The resulting standards will be similar to the ISO 9000 or 14000 series that have been widely adopted. PAS 55 addresses Asset Management.

Passive Wireless Sensor Workshop

In less than 1 week (July 27 -28) a wide range of experts will be in Houston at the Westlake Club to discuss how passive sensors (similar to RFID) will be used in the future.

Jitter & Control

Jitter or the difference in time or variation between when something is ‘supposed to happen’ versus when it ‘actually happens’ as compared to a reference clock source. The deviation can be in terms of amplitude, phase timing, or the width of the signal pulse.

ISA Communications Division/ 57 IIS Symposium / Passive Wireless Sensor-Tag Workshop

Hello from St Louis! Just wrapping up a week of ISA symposium and meetings before heading home for a month and my list of summer yard chores.