2009

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  • Will IT Security & Plant Security Ever Be Able to Work Together?

    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."

    10/09/2009
  • Why Acquisitions Happen

    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.

    07/16/2009
  • What's New in Avantis.PRO 5.0?

    Invensys Avantis EAM software guru Kim Custeau answers our questions about improvement including Web Services, Maintenance Map and Contractor Management.

    09/21/2009
  • What the Invensys/Cognizant Agreement Means

    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.

    09/10/2009
  • What Is RISI and Why Is It Good for Industrial Security?

    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.

    09/10/2009
  • Webcast: Elimination of Common Cause Failures in Integrated Control & Safety Systems

    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.

    ABB
    09/24/2009
  • Variable-Speed Drives Save Energy

    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.

    09/10/2009
  • Value, Safety and Security of State-Based Control

    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...

    05/19/2009
  • Transportation

    * Real-time Traffic Information Display System
    * Railroad Crossing Real Time Monitoring System
    * Port Container Yard Lighting Control System
    * Wharf Crane Control System

    Advantech
    12/07/2009
  • There's A New Sheriff in Town. Should Manufacturers Be Scared?

    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.

    09/10/2009
  • Technically Speaking Podcast: Analyzers

    Listen to This Podcast. Why Can’t Someone Make an Analyzer That Works as Well and as Reliably as a Pressure, a Temperature or a Flow Transmitter?

    02/24/2009
  • Superior Motion Performance

    Watch this video demonstration of the high-speed capabilities of ABB's latest robot platform.

    ABB Robotics
    03/24/2009
  • Rockwell's Pavilion and the Economic Melt–Down

    Walt Boyes talks to Rockwell Automation Pavilion’s marketing vice president, Don Hart about the economic melt-down, sustainable manufacturing, advanced process control, and how Pavilion is fitting into Rockwell Software.

    04/02/2009
  • Power and Energy

    * 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

    Advantech
    12/07/2009
  • PODCAST: The Control/ARC Top 50

    ARC's Larry O'Brien and Craig Resnick talk with Walt Boyes about vendors, rankings, mergers, acquisitions, technology trends and things end users need to watch for.

    12/14/2009
  • Podcast: Open I/O Systems

    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 Control’s 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.

    01/16/2009
  • Podcast: Maximize Operation Performance

    TheOptimizedPlant.com is a process solutions resource that is aimed at helping industrial manufacturers succeed in this tough economic environment. It gives practical ways in which manufactures can sustain the life of their assets and maximize operational performance during the economic downturn. Download this podcast by Harsh Chitale, Vice President of Strategy and Global Marketing for Honeywell Process Solutions, to learn more about TheOptimizedPlant.com.

    Honeywell
    07/08/2009
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