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  • Siliken Solar Power Case Study

    Siliken Renewable Energy Optimizes Solar Panel Production by Standardizing on NI Hardware and Software

    The Challenge: Optimizing the production and installation of solar panels – from Silicon purification to end-of-line manufacturing verification to final installation and monitoring.

    The Solution: Using NI hardware and software to optimize the solar panel production process, from purifying silicon ore to manufacturing and testing the final product, to ensure that we consistently produce high-quality solar panels.

    Download this white paper to learn more or watch the video case study titled "Siliken Renewable Energy Optimizes Solar Panel Production with NI Hardware and Software"

    Alberto Cortes, Siliken Renewable Energy. National Instruments
  • New technologies move fieldbus into next generation

    The fieldbus industry has responded to the disparate or non-existent interfaces to control systems and configuration tools with the introduction of two new complementary technologies – FDT and Enhanced EDDL.

    FDT Group
  • The value proposition of Profibus in the process industries

    This paper takes a look at the wide range of application profiles for Profibus that address specific manufacturing needs, and the fieldbus applications of four end-users who have realized benefits from using Profibus in typical process industry applications.

    ARC Advisory Group
  • Suppressing nuisance alarms

    This White Paper outlines the requirements for an alarm management system, provides a detailed description of the intelligent alarm management system, and offers results and conclusions for the improvement in nuisance alarm suppression.

    University of Singapore
  • Security vulnerability assessment (SVA) revealed

    Many industrial processing plants have already screened their facilities and operations for security vulnerability potential and are conducing SVA on the high priority concerns. So where do they go from here?

  • Do you really know how well your plant is running?

    Everyone feels the effects of the intensely competitive global marketplace where improving plant performance is the only way to stay in the game, and where data contained withing your plant alarm systems is the key.

    Machine Automation
  • The Characteristics of PID controllers

    This tutorial presented by the University of Michigan's School of Engineering will show you the characteristics of proportional (P), integral (I), and derivative (D) controls, and how to use them to obtain a desired response.

    University of Michigan
  • On-line alarm auditing: A tool for greater efficiency

    It seems like everyone is talking about alarm system rationalization or re-engineering projects these days. But sometimes these rationalization projects have trouble getting off the ground. This White Paper describes a way to justify the alarm rationalization project by installing an on-line alarm auditing tool.

    Machine Automation
  • Dual-homing: Bringing redundancy to the edge of the network

    In the past, the choices for redundancy for edge-of-the-network devices were too limited, too expensive, or too complicated to be considered in most industrial systems. This White Paper, however, contends that today's dual-homing technology can changes all that. Read how.

  • Economic justification for alarm system reengineering

    Restoring your alarm system to a useful state can eliminate duplicate and nuisance alarms, and ensure that the necessary alarms are properly prioritized and documented. This White Paper presents a model for justifying an alarm system reengineering project, and provides two case studies showing the application of the model.

    Plant Automation Services
  • Process control, production control and alarm management

    When you lift your hand to catch a ball it is very unlikely that your brain actually formulates or solves the equations of motion in working out when and where to place your hand to catch the ball. It’s much more likely that you use, unconsciously, something that’s much more akin to the geometrical methods underlying the all-new Geometric Process Control Technology described in this article.

    Curvaceous Software
  • Continuous imaging fluid particle analysis: A Primer

    This paper looks at the issues associated with fluid particle analysis, discusses some of the historical methods used, and introduces a new technology: the continuous imaging fluid particle analyzer.

    Fluid Imaging
  • System protection profile for industrial control systems

    The first draft of the System Protection Profile for Industrial Control Systems, designed to present a cohesive, cross-industry, baseline set of security requirements for new industrial control systems, is available for download and review.

  • Patch management for control systems

    This guideline provides suggestions for an effective cyber security patch management strategy for control systems, addresses potential risks that can apply to some electricity sector organizations, and provides practices that can help mitigate the risks.

  • Alarm reduction using Exaplog: A case study

    By reducing the number of alarms and enabling the audible alarming function of its control system, GFS Computing was able to restore audible alarming on half of its operator consoles, leading to tangible, measurable improvements in productivity, safety, and cost-reduction.

    GFS Consulting
  • The link between automation KPIs and enterprise KPIs

    This White Paper presents case studies that demonstrate how improved control system KPIs directly drive improved corporate KPIs, and how managing these factors can ensure better performance of the long-term measures.

  • Specifying industrial fieldbus networks for automation

    Automation designers face many challenges and tradeoffs in the development of a successful network solution. This White Paper discusses the necessary choices in selecting a network technology appropriate for various specific applications.

    Texas Instruments
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