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  • IT security in industrial plants

    This article serves as a tutorial on IT security for industrial systems. Security objectives are explained, attack types are illustrated, and available and suggested countermeasures and general good practices are described.

  • Fieldbus and remote I/O system comparison

    Nine manufacturers participated in the FuRIOS study, which was conduced under the lead of an end user company that compared its use of fieldbus and remote I/O in full detail.

    Aventis, Infraserv
  • Implementing a manufacturing execution system

    This paper describes how the Chevron Chemical Oak Point plant used production and batch management software and the S88 methodology to implement a manufacturing execution system (MES) to manage the full life-cycle of production work orders.

    Chevron Chemical
  • Securing an integrated SCADA system

    This White Paper discusses some of the options available to companies concerned with the threat of cyber attack and unauthorized network access to SCADA systems that monitor and control critical infrastructure.

  • The ins and outs of I/P transducers

    I/P transducers are relatively simple devices, but there are numerous factors to take into account before selecting one. This paper provides a complete understanding of the factors involved in making the correct product selection, installation, and maintenance.

    ControlAir Inc.
  • Know where you are vulnerable

    In this online video presentation (.wmv, 4.77 MB), industrial security expert, Rick Kaun, explains the importance of industrial security, and how plants can ensure that all security threats, especially those most commonly overlooked, are addressed.

  • Benchmarking for success in the pharmaceutical industry

    Benchmarking gives automation professionals the opportunity to exchange non-competitive information and compare how we automated our batch processes with other users in the pharmaceutical industry.

    Eli Lilly and Company
  • The physics of radio bands and channels

    This technical article looks at the principles of radio technology to explain the differences in performance between different radio bands, and explains the different characteristics between the common 2.4GHz ISM band and the lesser used 900 and 869 MHz bands in industrial environments.

    Elpro Technologies
  • Podcast: An interview with Elpro Technologies' Graham Moss

    Editor in Chief Walt Boyes discusses the state of wireless in industrial environments with Elpro’s general manager, Graham Moss, who has some interesting opinions about SP100, Wireless HART, the usefulness of mesh networking in process plants, and why he thinks it won't work.

    Elpro Technologies
  • Emerson solves wireless problems

    CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes’ interviewed Emerson’s Director of Technology, Bob Karshnia, about the company’s solutions for wireless, the standards work being done by SP100 and the HART wireless working group, and if the company is attempting to force its own formulation of a HART wireless standard down the throats of the other working group members.

    Emerson Process Management
  • Control Valve Handbook, 4th Edition

    The Control Valve Handbook has been a primary reference since its first printing in 1965. This fourth edition presents vital information on control valve performance and the latest technologies.

    Emerson Process Management
  • Protecting the plant: Manufacturing IT best practices

    This presentation provides a holistic view of both the problems and potential solutions using manufacturing industry best practices and emerging standards to secure networks, data, systems, infrastructre and applications.

  • Improved performance for accredited thermal processes

    The move to a greater degree of furnace compliance for thermal treatments is building confidence between thermal processing equipment manufacturers and customers. This paper introduces ways you can optimize equipment to meet the need for improved performance.

  • 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.

  • How to find energy savings in process plants

    Process plants can make significant reductions in energy usage, with appropriate focus. This paper is focused on making your existing process run more efficiently and focuses on ensuring the optimum performance of your equipment, operations, and controls.

  • Unlocking the promise of digital field devices

    This paper demonstrates how field device tool (FDT) technology standardizes the communication interface between field devices and systems, while complementing EDDL from design, installation and commissioning, to operation and maintenance, and eventual asset replacement.

    FDT Group
  • Open access to device intelligence

    Learn the latest in field device tool technology from this new monthly newsletter from FDT Group. It includes information on new technologies, news, products, applications and events, as well as how to become DTM certified.

    FDT Group
  • Securing process control network external communications

    In the real world, sharing PCN data with external systems and accessing PCN systems from external sources is fast becoming a manufacturing necessity. This paper provides some generic guidelines for enabling secure connectivity between PCNs and external systems.

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