Human-machine interfaces (HMIs) are increasing in number, variety, resolution, sophistication and related computing power, and so are becoming all-pervasive in most process applications. To help make sense of this rapidly changing market, Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, presents the results of Control's latest Market Intelligence Report on HMIs. Respondents reported on how they use HMIs to interact with their plants control systems, the age of their existing HMIs, their visual presentation preferences and on how well their HMIs handle alarms.
Control contributing editor Rich Merritt conducts a wide-ranging interview with ARC Advisory Group principal analyst John Blanchard on a variety batch-related topics and trends. The interview is a follow-up to Merritt's "Domino Theory" cover article on batch processing in the September 2008 issue of Control. The two discuss the ISA88 standard's history, whether the word "batch" can be mentioned to continuous control users, how ISA88's documentation procedures can help users and where ISA88 and ISA95 may be headed in the future.
October's cover story in Control is the search for the One True Network, as chronicled by John Rezabek, our intrepid On The Bus columnist. Walt Boyes, Control's editor in chief talks to Larry O'Brien, research director for process automation for ARC Advisory Group about fieldbus in this month's edition of the Control/ARC Monthly Podcast Series.
Editor in chief Walt Boyes talks about effective alarm management processes. Over the past 50 years many process industry disasters could have been avoided if only the proper alarm systems had been in place. The switch of alarm management systems from panel walls to display screens and DCSs resulted in system operators' loss of visual pattern recognition. This switch caused the newer generations of alarm operators to develop tunnel vision. Meanwhile lack of careful alarm rationalization causes them to be inundated with too many alarms, making it impossible to respond to the important ones. Watch this 5-minute video and learn how to design an alarm system that contributes to your plant's "inherently safe" lifestyle.
Harry Sim left Honeywell for Cypress Envirosystems (a subsidiary of Cypress Semicon) two years ago because he had an idea that needed Silicon Valley innovation and technology. Now, with Honeywells help, Sims wireless gauge readers are giving new life and a digital flair to outmoded dial gaugesat Genentech and other pharma sites. Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Senior Editor Paul Thomas spoke with Sim at the recent ISA 2008 show in Houston.
Matt Willmott discusses the top business issues process manufacturers are facing today and how an integrated main automation contractor approach can help overcome those challenges and ensure a smooth transition from project into operations.
Cybersecurity is one of the pillars of protecting our critical infrastructure. It was profiled in one of the November Special Edition stories, and Bob Mick, ARCs vice president of enterprise systems joins Controls Walt Boyes to put cybersecurity in perspective and offer agreement and disagreement with what the article said
This informative webcast, presented by experts from Microsoft, Aberdeen and Iconics, will review nextgeneration software analytics solutions built on the latest open, scalable technologies. Youll learn how to rapidly integrate new and existing systems into a unified management platform, resulting in enormous savings and improving the bottom line. Join us at 2 p.m. EST December 11, 2008. A questionandanswer period is included at the end of the presentation. » Register Now
As the economy crashes, process automation is poised to ride it out. Walt Boyes speaks with ARC Research Directors Larry O'Brien and Craig Resnick on the state of the process automation economy, and the Control/ARC Top 50 automation companies.
Industrial plants contain millions of dumb instruments that cannot communicate to modern digital control and monitoring systems. Harry Sim, CEO of Cypress Envirosystems, claims that his company offers the lowest cost way to make these dumb instruments smart. Listen in as Control editor Dan Hebert grills Sim about just how and why his companys products connect dumb instruments to the digital world.
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.
Data, data, it's all about the data. Nothing makes a control system fail faster than a failure of the data acquisition system. Walt Boyes, Control's editor in chief, takes you back to the basics on data acquisition systems and software.
The Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards establish risk-based performance requirements and compel any facility manufacturing, housing or distributing specified chemicals to complete a screening assessment. The assessment must determine level of risk, identify security vulnerabilities, and address these vulnerabilities. Listen in as Control editor Dan Hebert and Apprion vice president of marketing and customer services Stephen Lambright discuss this hot topic.