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  • Integrating control and safety: Where to draw the line

    Different vendors offer varied degrees of integration and solutions. The question is how to provide an integrated control and safety solution with advanced functionality and productivity, without compromising safety and security. So where do users draw the line? This white paper provides some answers.

    Invensys Triconex
  • Data transaction efficiency in batch control: Eliminating the middle man

    This paper explores methods of moving data directly from the source to the final point of use, whether this is an operator console, a controller, or data archived on disk media, without passing through intermediate databases, applications, and other “middle men.”

    Jacobs Engineering
  • Rate your plant's alarm system performance

    Poorly performing alarm systems swamp operators with floods of nuisance alarms, reducing their effectiveness and your plant's overall performance. Find out how your alarm system compares to the industry standard, EEMUA's document 191. Learn how to optimize your alarm system, resulting in improved process reliability, productivity and safety.

  • Using MODBUS for Process Control and Automation

    This whitepaper, written by Vince Marchant, a senior application engineer at Moore Industries, describes how Modbus works, and how it can be used in new and legacy process control and automation systems.

    Moore Industries, Vince Marchant
  • The Challenge of Maximizing Service Availability and Security

    Nearly every product, service, application and data type is moving to an IP-based infrastructure. As a result, formerly isolated products in homogenous networks are embedded within heterogeneous deployments, resulting in dramatically larger and more complex attack surfaces that are exposed to a wide variety of potential attack sources.

    Mu Security
  • Factory acceptance testing with MiMiC

    There are a number of enabling technologies that support modern control systems, but the most significant is the use of simulation systems for application software acceptance testing.

    MYNAH Technologies
  • PACs for industrial control, the future of control

    As the technological differences between PC and PLC wane, a new class of controllers is emerging for engineers who require higher loop rates, advanced control algorithms, more analog capabilities, and better integration with the enterprise network. The Programmable Automation Controller (PAC) describes this new generation of industrial controllers that combines the functionality of a PLC and a PC.

    National Instruments
  • The Top 10 Worst Performing Alarm Systems in Industry

    Since 1994, PAS has benchmarked hundreds of alarm systems in various industrial markets around the world. From our project databases, this paper presents examples of the worst, most overloaded alarm systems encountered. In addition, the possible solutions to these problems are discussed.

  • Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) algorithm

    A lot of papers, articles, and guides have been written over the recent years addressing Continuous Process Improvement (CPI). However very few address methodologies related to the improvement of the process itself, that is, the processing of the metrics used to measure the effectiveness of a process. The methodology proposed in this paper can be applied to any processes.

    Pilot Research Associates
  • Safety instrumented systems (SIS) used for non-safety applications

    This paper shows how combining safety and non-safety functions in a safety instrumented system (SIS) is acceptable, and indeed practiced, in many facilities worldwide, and suggests eight implementation and testing precautions to follow so that a safe and reliable application can be anticipated.

    Premier Consulting Services
  • The pitfalls of alarm design and benchmark analysis

    This white paper approaches the process of alarm management from the unique perspective of a dynamic optimization problem. Process pitfalls and solutions are discussed, and suggestions are offered on how to formulate an approach to analysis and solution development that is not limited by static preconceptions and artificial restrictions.

  • Moving toward IT and controls engineering convergence

    This paper provides a current snapshot of the IT/controls dynamic based on interviews with more than 20 professionals in IT and manufacturing. Their feedback was the foundation for development of a maturity model that shows the three distinct paths and five stages of maturity for each of the major categories of issues: organizational, business process, technology deployment and results.

    Rockwell Automation
  • Justification and ROI of Safety Programs and Machine Safety Investment

    This papers talks about the cost of safety programs and systems that United States businesses have to pay. Learn about what would happen if your employees suffer accidents and there are inadequate safety measures in place? What if nothing happens?

    Rockwell Automation
  • Nonlinear Control and Decision Making Using Fuzzy Logic in Logix

    This white paper explores fuzzy logic and how it helps engineers solve nonlinear control problems commonly found in process applications. Fuzzy logic, which mathematically emulates human reasoning, provides an intuitive way to design function blocks for intelligent control systems, advanced fault detection and other complex applications. Control systems deploying fuzzy logic can improve the management of uncertain variables, such as temperature fluctuations.

    Rockwell Automation
  • A Perspective on Standards

    This whitepaper by Rockwell Automation, explores how companies can gain competitive advantage by increasing their standards and regulations involvement.

    Rockwell Automation
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