In this paper, we introduce Ethernet over RS-485™, a new approach to the modernization of industrial automation and distributed control networks, and describe how it can be rapidly, reliably and securely deployed to cost-effectively transform an existing legacy RS-485-based industrial network infrastructure into one that can support IP-enabled devices while still supporting existing RS-485 networks and ensuring a managed migration to the cloud using existing paid-for infrastructure.08/26/2013
How Automation Improves Performance of Electric Utilities. PC-based supervisory control and data acquisition systems increase uptime, cut costs and improve utilization.08/22/2013
Increase Efficiency, Reduce Costs & Improve Quality. Read this white paper to learn how maximizing the effectiveness and efficiency of factory lighting can enhance operations and make all work tasks easier.08/21/2013
How can we generate data suitable for modeling while continuing to optimize the operation of the plant?08/19/2013
Download this whitepaper to learn five calibration management tasks and how software can help you manage instrument calibrations.08/19/2013
The data historian has long been seen as a venerable workhorse for engineers and technicians in the process industries, but changing economic conditions are forcing managers and executives to realize not only its importance but that it is a critical component to any process industry operation.07/03/2013
Recent innovations in model identification, automated testing, and controller operating modes are creating opportunities to bring new efficiencies to the process of sustaining APC controllers.07/03/2013
Process engineering has undergone significant transformation over the years, catalyzed by advances and innovation in software both within individual disciplines and also in the integration across the workflow.07/03/2013
Leveraging KEPServerEX and Kepware's New Security Policies Plug-In to Meet Your Security Requirements
The ability to securely move information between software applications and hardware appliances is critical to any automated process. To make this possible, an interoperable communications platform must be layered into the control system. This "defense-in-depth" approach ensures that critical information will not be deciphered by non-authorized applications for malicious use. This approach also limits the scope of activities that each authorized user is allowed to do and/or access in the system in order to minimize unintentional mistakes that may cause downtime or impact safety. With KEPServerEX V5.12 and the new Security Policies Plug-In, Kepware now provides a complete solution to this market need. Read the full Application Note from Kepware's President and CEO, Tony Paine, to learn more.06/25/2013
Recent studies show that OEMs are well-aware of the available energy efficiency technologies for improving the efficiency of their equipment and machines. But while many OEMs are conscious of the growing pressure and demands coming from the market, they are reluctant to make changes due to the perception that new technologies will make their machines more expensive to sell. In fact, companies that endorse energy efficiency and sustainability in their thinking experience stronger loyalty from their customers. This document will discuss how adopting an energy efficiency strategy concerning automation and control systems can help OEMs develop more sustainable and energy-efficient machines, as well as how these new technologies that OEMs can use to differentiate their offerings bring benefits and new values to end users.04/29/2013
- Efficient - See machine information anywhere.
- Effective - Monitor multiple machines' status using one Pro-face Remote HMI.
- Easy Set Up - Set up and activate quickly using Pro-face GP-Pro EX (v3.1 or later) software.
- Interactive - Monitor and control your HMI from your tablet or smart phone (data input, send work instructions, etc.).
Pro-face Remote HMI allows you to check machines and equipment for alarms, operating status and other information using a tablet or smartphone from anywhere on the factory floor.04/15/2013
Process engineers are turning to virtualization to extend the lifecycle of their control systems. Virtualization provides hardware independence, which helps to improve system longevity, and increase system flexibility, scalability and uptime. This white paper will describe how to build and deploy a virtual process automation system using VMware virtualization software.04/05/2013
New technology is being deployed into control rooms every day; technology that brings significant increases in productivity as well as the ability to troubleshoot and do root cause analysis. Download this white paper to learn more about how the application of 3-D technology at SCA's pulp and paper plant in Sweden enables operators and managers alike to visualize data in a way that is relevant to their job function.03/11/2013
Amidst the continued heated discussion on the pros and cons of integrated safety systems market demand -- driven by the pursuit of reduced cost, operational excellence and engineering efficiencies -- continue to fuel the inevitable integration efforts. This white paper will discuss integrated safety system solutions.02/26/2013
Making the decision to migrate your legacy DCS is a significant one. But increased productivity, greater efficiencies, lower maintenance costs and less downtime can't be ignored. Our tools can help. Learn more about DCS migration special edition IPDF, whitepapers, videos and more.02/01/2013
Learn How Today's High Performance Instrumentation Enabled by Wireless Technology Can Help Boost Plant Performance Across a Range of Important Metrics01/17/2013
Learn 5 Reasons to switch to distributed modular I/O01/16/2013
This White Paper explains:
- What the 3S CoDeSys vulnerabilities are and what an attacker can do with them
- How to find out what control/SCADA devices are affected
- The risks and potential consequences to SCADA and control systems
- The compensating controls that will help block known attack vectors
A number of security vulnerabilities in the CoDeSys Control Runtime System were disclosed in January 2012. In October 2012, fully functional attack tools were also released to the general public.
While CoDeSys is not widely known in the SCADA and ICS field, its product is embedded in many popular PLCs and industrial controllers. Many vendors are potentially vulnerable, and include devices used in all sectors of manufacturing and infrastructure. As a result, there is a risk that criminals or political groups may attempt to exploit them for either financial or ideological gain.
This White Paper summarizes the currently known facts about these vulnerabilities and associated attack tools. It also provides guidance regarding a number of mitigations and compensating controls that operators of SCADA and ICS systems can take to protect critical operations.12/26/2012
The editors of Control and Control Design compiled this special report from the 21st annual Automation Fair event, hosted by Rockwell Automation, in Philadelphia, November 5-8. This interactive PDF includes more than 20 articles documenting highlights ranging from executive keynotes and new product announcements to vertical industry forums and Rockwell Automation Process Solutions User Group and Safety Automation Forum meetings.12/11/2012
Halloween in New Orleans this year saw more than the usual array of costumed revelers on Bourbon Street. Indeed, hundreds of process automation professionals descended on the Crescent City to exchange ideas and best practices at Yokogawa's 2012 User Group Conference and Exhibition. The Control editorial team was on hand and developed this exclusive report of presentation highlights--on topics ranging from safety system risk management to the latest in data acquisition technology.12/10/2012