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  • Duqu Riles ICS Security Pros

    Son of Stuxnet? A Close Cousin? Variations on a Theme? The Industrial Security World Works to Sort Out Yet Another Piece of Malware Aimed at Industrial Systems

    Nancy Bartels, Managing Editor
    10/21/2011
  • New company to promote field device integration

    FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation, PROFIBUS & PROFINET International and OPC Foundation founded a company to establish an organization to manage a common single solution for device integration (FDI).

    09/27/2011
  • ISA technical report presents wireless user requirements for factory

    Report provides use case descriptions and comparisons, descriptions of factory automation topologies and more. The ISA100 committee has completed a new technical report that presents user and market-related requirements for the design, operation and maintenance of wireless systems throughout their life cycles in factory automation. Factory automation applications involve specific technology, control and information systems that are characterized by discrete operations with possible extensions into batch process control. Examples include automotive manufacturing, packaging machinery, machining and robotics. ISA-TR100.00.03-2011, “Wireless User Requirements for Factory Automation,” provides use case descriptions and comparisons, descriptions of factory automation topologies, and recommendations for attributes and values for existing, emerging and conceptual solutions for wireless communications as applied to factory automation applications. The technical report was development by ISA100 Working Group 16 on Factory Automation, which has focused on wireless technology and system architectures for the link between sensors/actuators and automation systems. While wired links between conventional sensors and actuators can often be used, many repetitive motion applications such as machine tools and robotics make wire replacement a major source of work flow interruption and high maintenance cost—driving the desire to find ways to replace wiring with fast, low-cost wireless connections. The ISA100 standards committee is developing a family of standards for wireless communications in industrial automation applications. The new technical report represents the extension of ISA100 to the factory automation sector, notes Cliff Whitehead of Rockwell Automation, who coordinated the collaborative development of the document. “We plan to further extend this reach with an industry forum on Wireless in Factory Automation in the March-April timeframe of 2012,” he stated.

    08/15/2011
  • Efficiency, Sustainability Driving Global Growth for Festo

    Festo created its bionic SmartBird to embody the trends it sees driving automation technology into the future: energy efficiency, high levels of mechanical efficiency, functional integration and lightweight construction

    Keith Larson, VP Content, Putman Media
    06/23/2011
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