Walt Boyes explores this vital question with Bjorn Gudehus, a senior security advisor with Bell Canada, who spoke at the 2nd Annual Critical Infrastructure Conference in Calgary on Sept 28, 2009. Gudehus' paper is titled "Control System Security: Corporate and Control Resources Working Together."
Norm Gilsdorf, President of Honeywell Process Solutions talks to Walt Boyes about the strategic value and synergies he hopes will happen due to the acquisition of Regel Messtechnik by HPS. This podcast gives end users a unique "insider's look" at why acquisitions happen.
Control ME, Nancy Bartels talks with Steve Young of Invensys and Charlie Kaprelian of Cognizant about what the implications of the new business agreement between these two companies for the companies and their customers.
Walt Boyes, John Cusimano of Exida and Eric Cosman of Dow Chemical talk about the newly formed Security Incidents Organization and its database of cybersecurity incidents, the Repository of Industrial Security Incidents or RISI. Find out what this organization is and how it can help secure your operations.
Many process automation systems (DCS and PLC alike) incorporate Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) as an integral part of the system. These systems are Safety Integrity Level (SIL)-certified, exactly like older, separate systems. In order to illustrate the undiminished safety integrity of these fully integrated automation systems, they are described as "integrated, but separate."
Proponents of these systems say that they not only maintain undiminished safety integrity, but they also enhance operation by addressing additional sources of risk and providing a comprehensive platform for process safety management, including safety engineering tools, operation management tools alarm management and maintenance.
The challenge for the user is to assess how these Integrated Safety Systems can still act as a completely independent layer of protection.
Variable-speed drives aren't new technology, but are getting attention now in the process industries because of their potential to save energy. In this podcast, Control ME Nancy Bartels talks with Ivan Spronk of Schneider Electric about VSDs, how they work and how they can save energy in process operations.
Walt Boyes talks with ABB's Dave Huffman about the value, safety and security of state-based control. Don't know what state-based control is? Then you should listen to this three part podcast and find out...
The Obama administration has begun a number of new initiatives around energy sustainability that seem aimed directly at manufacturers. Walt Boyes talks with John Nesi and Angel Sustaeta of Rockwell Automation about the implication of these initiatives for process manufacturing operations.
This podcast reviews the new process industry standard on alarm management (ISA-18.2) focusing on what it will mean to owner/operators and how it can be used to improve safety, decrease unplanned downtime, and increase operator productivity in a process plant.
Walt Boyes talks to Rockwell Automation Pavilions marketing vice president, Don Hart about the economic melt-down, sustainable manufacturing, advanced process control, and how Pavilion is fitting into Rockwell Software.
* Reliable Networking for Distributed Control System
* Power Line Selection in a Fault Protection Network
* Substation Automation Solutions
* Nuclear Power Station Simulation System
* Wind Power SCADA System
The once proprietary links between controllers and I/O are becoming ever more open - much to the benefit of process automation pros. Opto 22 was and is one of the pioneers of open I/O, and their Arun Sinha and Benson Hougland join Controls Dan Hebert for a freewheeling discussion. Topics covered include why open I/O is good, how it is becoming more widespread, and the remaining barriers to open systems.