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  • 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.

  • 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
  • Statistical process monitoring of industrial batch processes

    This White Paper summarizes the findings from three case studies involving the application of multivariate statistics to batch processes, and provides a comparison of different approaches to monitoring batch process operations.

    World Batch Forum
  • 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
  • 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
  • Shift your focus from analysis to optimization with AMCT

    This White Paper shows how the application of Active Model Capture Technology (AMCT) by a manufacturing plant’s problem-solving personnel reduces time wasted, and helps to focus the effort of these problem-solvers who must keep the process running at its best.

  • 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?

  • Security for critical infrastructure SCADA systems

    This "special to the web" White Paper provides a non-technical overview of critical infrastructure SCADA security and gives a background on SCADA systems and the history of critical infrastructure concern.

    SANS Institute
  • Securing known SCADA vulverabilities

    This “special to the web” briefing report from the Office of the Inspector General evaluates the impediments and barriers that prevent water systems and other Power-Gen plants from securing known SCADA vulnerabilities.

  • 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
  • Pressure Measurement Handbook

    This user's guide covers the fundamentals of pressure management and discusses the use of calibrators, testers, manometers and the selection of a pressure measurement standard.

  • PID loop tuning tips pocket guide

    PID Loop Tuning Tips Pocket Guide has been expanded. Now it includes both open and closed loop tuning procedures, in addition to the original reference material of the first version. This eight-page publication was created to give engineers a short easy-to-use guide to tuning PID loops, and it includes a reference section that summarizes many of the more common controllers available.

    PID Control (proportional-integral-derivative) is by far the widest type of automatic control used in industry. Even though it has a relatively simple algorithm/structure, there are many subtle variations in how it is applied in industry. This has probably resulted in confusion for plant engineers and operators, who are happy to leave control loops in a sub-optimal configuration.

    Click the Download Now button below to view and save a pdf version of PID Loop Tuning Tips Pocket Guide.

  • 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.

  • Optimal temperature sensor selection

    There's no simple solution to achieving accurate temperature measurement. It’s a combination of knowing the inherent accuracy of particular sensor types, but also how environmental factors can create further measurement uncertainty and the sensor calibration techniques available to reduce this uncertainty.

    Watlow Electric
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