The Great Kanduski: Best Practices in Industrial Networking

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.

Cybersecurity Responsibility White Paper

I was recently informed about a new White Paper by respected cybersecurity authorities Ralph Langner and Perry Pederson of the Brookings Institution called "Bound to Fail: Why Cybersecurity Risk Cannot Be Simply 'Managed' Away" that is now available for free after registration from ControlGlobal at  www.controlglobal.com/whitepapers/2013/130304-langner-pederson-cybersecurity-fail.html

2013 ARC Forum Network News

Apologies about tardiness in posting this, though ironically part of the reason for the delay is that the internet in my hotel in Orlando stopped working after my first night. Rather than report on the forum presentations, which have limited access I will provide instead a short synopsis on...

Field Level Sensor Network Seminar

WINA are sponsoring a Webinar: “A Winning Strategy for the Global Industrial Wireless Trifecta” Tuesday, February 26 at 10:00 ET that might help you better understand the challenges and benefits of mixing wireless field sensor networks.  The presenters are Robert Assimiti, and Rares Ivan, of Nivis developers of several radio...

Texas A&M Instrumentation Symposium

I was fortunate enough to be able to participate and speak at the “68th Annual Instrumentation Symposium for the Process Industries” January 22-24 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Network Discovery Tool

With the increasing use of Ethernet in the plant environment it is always a good idea to have the tools at hand to help you better understand your network and what is connected to it. This is obviously important not only for configuration, operations and maintenance, but also for security...

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.