This paper will discuss redundant and non-redundant methods for achieving high availability of control systems, as well as improvements in control technology and recommended control system designs. The paper will also highlight features within the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture platform and ICS Triplex product lines that can help achieve higher availability.
Simulate, Stay Safe and Make Money! This Essentials Guide from the editors of Control discusses how dynamic simulators can be used to both reduce risk and improve profitability throughout a plant's full lifecycle — from testing and troubleshooting of control logic, through experiential training of plant operators. Among the topics discussed are measures of ROI and the impact of simulator architecture on model integrity and maintainability.
Manufacturing firms have used remote management of automation tasks for a number of years and for a variety of reasons. But due to recent changes in technology and strategy, remote management has recently jumped to the forefront.
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.
Many industrial networks are based on the EIA-485 or RS-485 communication standard. As industrial systems and products rapidly move to IP-based Ethernet networks, RS-485 network operators face complex and expensive obstacles in the transition from RS-485 serial communication to Ethernet communication infrastructure. In this white paper, PCN introduces IP-485, an open standard approach to modernization of RS-485-based industrial automation and distributed control infrastructure, allowing instant connectivity to the Cloud, without impacting security and reliability. With IP-485, users can keep their RS-485 network and get Ethernet networks on the same cabling already installed!
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.
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.
End users have struggled with different forms of device integration technology over the years, but the FDI effort aims to rationalize the worlds' leading technologies for managing information from intelligent field devices.
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.
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.
Wastewater treatment facilities are generally installed for one purpose - to clean up dirty water so that clean water can be discharged back into the environment. Nearly all municipal treatment plants rely on biological processes for wastewater treatment whereby bacteria and other microorganisms, frequently called 'bugs,' do this job of cleaning up the water.
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.
A high-speed, industrial-grade network infrastructure offers wind farm operators many benefits, including improved operational management, visibility and access to key data. Real-time data access enables operators to monitor wind turbine uptime, performance and power output even from remote locations. This data, which is used to track power generation efficiency and trends, provides predictive information that is critical to "Smart Grid" technology. After describing a typical wind farm environment, this white paper will explore six best practices that should be considered for effective wind farm operation. It will also discusses how to use industrial Ethernet switches to assure maximum uptime.