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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Fieldbus diagnostics, without fieldbus

    Digital fieldbuses are often justified on the basis of the benefits of advanced diagnostics. This paper investigates alternative technologies to capture diagnostics, without replacement of any field devices. The alternative method is field-proven and costs a fraction of the cost of fieldbus.

  • 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
  • Manufacturing excellence aided with predictive analytics

    NOVA Chemicals recently implemented a RPM decision support system to drive its manufacturing excellence program, resulting in improved decision making to influence plant capacity utilization.

    ARC Advisory Group
  • Effective modeling for nonlinear control

    This paper presents simulation results comparing Extrapolating Gain-Constrained Neural Networks (EGCN) to traditional neural network training methods, as well as to the recently proposed Bounded-Derivative Network (BDN).

  • Security incidents and trends in the SCADA and process industries

    This report presents evidence in support of a business case for improving security of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), process control networks (PCN), and manufacturing and industrial automation systems based on an analysis of statistical trends in security incidents.

    Symantec Inc., and Byres Security Inc.
  • Thermal anchors improve temperature uniformity

    This white paper supports the case for the use of a thermal anchor for temperature uniformity over a range of temperatures, which can dramatically reduce design and development time while actually improving thermal performance in the process.

  • High bright displays: Get the picture

    This white paper will cover display technologies, indicate which is best for industrial applications, discuss market and technology trends, and finally make recommendations about what to look for in a display.

    Advantech, eAutomation Group
  • Understanding OPC and how it is deployed

    This whitepaper is the first in a series on the security of OPC (OLE for Process Control) and focuses on providing an overview of the widely-used industrial communication standard and how it is actually used in industry.

    British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Digital Bond and Byres Research
  • 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
  • Take off to new heights in your legacy control systems migration programs

    There is a significant difference when it comes to birds and control systems from a perspective of migration. While some of the birds migrate back to its original place after the seasonal change, the reasons of migration does not change! This paper describes a successful approach towards migration of legacy control systems and draws analogy from the above for the purpose of illustration.

    Tata Consultancy Services Limited
  • Industrial wireless: A WINA reality check

    This paper provides a current and unbiased assessment of All Things Industrial Wireless both past, current and near-term future.

    Invensys Process Systems
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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