The Great Kanduski: Best Practices in Industrial Networking

Avoiding Network Finger-Pointing; Using Social Media for Network Problems

Sometimes I know exactly what my next article is supposed to be about and how to cover it. This is not one of those times. The next two cover articles for Industrial Networking have thrown me for a loop, and I once again need needed help from any and all...

Industrial Networking 2012 Q2

The benefits of cloud storage are unquestionable in commercial and personal applications, but does it make sense on the plant floor? In this issue of Industrial Networking, Senior Technical Editor Dan Hebert explores how third-party storage is being developed for manufacturing, and whether the controls and safeguards are convincing enough...

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.

New Fieldbus Supplier CobaltProcess

Is the world ready for a “self-help” supplier of industrial networking tools and equipment? The people at Cobaltprocess (www.cobaltprocess.com) in the Northwest USA certainly hope so.

Fieldbus On-Line Diagnostics

Because off-line tools by their nature are unable to report back to the appropriate person when something happens the majority of FF Power Supply manufacturers either already offer or I am confident are working on developing on-line network diagnostic modules to continually monitor and report to a central system as...

Off Line Fieldbus Network Analysis Tools

The original network analysis tool was the National Instruments Bus Monitor, developed at approximately the same time as Foundation Fieldbus was being introduced. This tool was designed to monitor the data traffic on fieldbus networks. It was not until Relcom introduced the FBT-3 that a physical layer troubleshooting tool specific...

ISA Industrial Communications Symposia

Deadlines for the ISA Communications Division two Spring Symposia are quickly approaching. The first event this April in Troy (Detroit) Michigan is a joint offering with the ISA100 WG16 committee that will be two half-days focused on Wireless applications in the Factory environment.

H1 Communication Stack - Connecting the Function Block to the cable

Just like we tend to take the Ethernet chipset in our computer for granted, most End Users are likely unaware that every Foundation Fieldbus H1 device has a similar chipset called the H1 Stack in it.