Communication is more than exchanging data; it means globally understandable information based on syntax and semantics. This is the theory behind IEC 61850, the topic of this issue of ABB Review Special Report.10/08/2012
End Users implementing automation projects today face capital reduction pressures that have given raise to new procurement strategies. On the surface they appear to save money but companies need to be aware that they may also expose your company to unnecessary risks. This white paper discusses those risks and how to avoid them.10/08/2012
From process and environmental monitoring to asset management and safety, Apprion's wireless solutions can save lives, increase security and help make your plant sustainable. Download this report to learn more.09/24/2012
With any new tech device, whether a cell phone or plant-floor controller, there is inevitably a helpful feature or two you overlooked while reading the manual or taking the introductory tutorial. Although these technological devices still perform their desired, basic functions - discovering an underutilized feature makes you wonder how you ever operated the device without it.
Interacting with alarms is one of the basic functions your operators expect from their human-machine interface (HMI) software. However, if you're only using the standard alarming functions, you may be missing out on lesser-known features that could help you save time, ease troubleshooting and reduce headaches. The five FactoryTalk Alarms and Events functions listed below are often overlooked and underutilized. See where they fit and if you can find some hidden tools in your plant-floor applications.08/29/2012
Flameproof enclosure (Ex d) and intrinsic safety (Ex i) are very common equipment protection methods in Process Automation. One reason to use Ex d is the amount of energy which could not be provided via Ex i. This disadvantage has gone with the introduction of intrinsically safe, dynamic methods of arc prevention such as DART or Power-i. This white paper shows that when using intrinsic safety, installation, maintenance and inspection costs will be reduced.
This paper addresses decision makers and professionals responsible for automation systems in hazardous areas. A good understanding of the principles of explosion protection is required.07/10/2012
Need to upgrade your DCS soon? You're not alone. A recent study shows that 68% of control engineers plan to upgrade within the next six months. And it's safe to say that most of them experience fear, uncertainty and doubt about how to move forward. That's why we've developed this list of what it takes to guarantee success for your DCS migration.07/02/2012
This white paper describes the potential and the use of directional protection and directional zone selectivity functions. Take an in-depth look at everything you need to know, from basic definitions and applications to a thorough practical guide.06/18/2012
In chaotic situations robust communication is the only thing that can improve safety and reduce injuries and fatalities. Enter wireless technology. Wireless can reliably help you deliver the safe, efficient working environment you need for your employees and the community while helping you get the most from your budget. This e-Book, sponsored by Apprion, discusses how wireless safety applications mean less risk, more rewards, at lower costs.06/18/2012
With cyber attacks against industrial and infrastructure automation systems becoming common, new tools and practices are essential to maintain security and compliance. This field report reviews the seven major cybersecurity issues that appear most frequently and explores the best practices required.06/04/2012
It is estimated that about 66% of the programmable electronic systems (PES) running in the process industry were installed before the publication of today's commonly used safety standards (IEC 61508 and IEC 61511/ISA 84). This paper covers changes brought about by adoption of these standards and what it means to the installed base.05/29/2012
This paper provides an overview of key global trends and regulations relating to packaging, electrical and electronic equipment and batteries. It lays out the challenges of compliance and consequences of non-compliance, and warns that the approach many companies are taking today will not scale with the rapid growth and increased complexity of regulations and industry or supply chain requirements. Finally, the paper addresses the benefits of best-in-class approaches to environmental management programs and the systems needed to support them.05/21/2012
Operational Risk Management: A Clear Path to Proactively Managing Risk and Ensuring Operational Continuity
Without a consistent way to manage people, assets and process safety, companies are more susceptible to risks that drive up costs and can cause serious incidents. You must proactively manage and reduce operational risk, but it requires discipline. This SAP Executive Insight Paper answers the following questions:
- What can we do to ensure operational continuity?
- How can we give our people the skills and tools necessary to ensure safe operations?
- How can we manage operational risks while delivering return on investment?05/14/2012
For the past decade, industrial control systems administrators and engineers wanted to believe that 'air gaps' truly existed between their systems and the rest of the world. They have also hoped that 'security by obscurity' would keep them safe from security threats. Those days are over. While the consequences of cyber attacks and malware are no longer in doubt, the question remains. "Exactly how can an engineer reliably secure his or her control system?" This white paper outlines a simple and cost effective answer - a security solution based on OPC technology that can be deployed in almost any industrial facility today.04/09/2012
Your control system is keeping secrets from you. The DCS, PLC and historian have a huge amount of data from your plant. But they are not telling you the most important secrets that lie within. Learn how to uncover the secrets to save energy, increase production and improve product quality.03/19/2012
Get the highlights here. See the best of the many presentations from the November event. Topics cover everything from finding workers for tomorrow's factories to 21st-century SCADA systems, safety, sustainability and the newest products from Rockwell Automation. Download the "Smart. Safe. Sustainable" Special Report.03/05/2012
You can't be everywhere at once, but video lets you be where you want to be. In the last ten years, two new technologies have made it possible to solve the problem of how to be everywhere at once, without the people to do it. They are digital video and wireless technology. Register once to receive this series of e-Books on security, beginning with "Using Video for Security, Compliance, Control and Monitoring."02/21/2012
The technology advances in control systems and open systems have afforded us improved efficiency, productivity and the ability to advance our operations. However, these improved technology advances have also come with risks that threaten these efficiencies. Viruses; an increased dependency on uptime, availability and reliability; operator errors and increased regulations are just some of the threats today's manufacturers need to contend with when managing their operations. In this Putman Media Special Report, we take a look at the cybersecurity issues today's manufacturers need to contend with; identify control systems vulnerabilities and offer a three-step approach for building better cyber security at your operations.02/20/2012
This BLH handbook is intended to educate the user regarding the proper selection ofelectronic weighing systems used in hazardous locations. This document does not cover the installation of equipment as this is typically the responsibility of the installing electrician and/ or engineering design ﬁrm. Information contained herein has been compiled from a number of published sources and condensed to cover the subject as related to electronic weighing equipment only.
The stated purpose of the (NEC) code is 'the practical safeguarding of persons and property from hazards arising from the use of electricity'. Articles 500 through 517 of the code cover the installation of electrical equipment in locations where ﬁre or explosion hazards may exist due to ﬂammable gases or vapors, ﬂammable liquids, combustible dust, or ignitable ﬁbers
The classiﬁcation of hazardous areas is dependent upon the properties of various hazardous materials and the likelihood of their presence.
The auto ignition temperature (AIT) of a hazard is a consideration when specifying equipment. A system of marking the external surface temperature of equipment for hazardous areas exists to identify suitability for a particular application. The following chart lists the temperature ranges for the various ratings. NFPA standard 497M provides information of the ignition temperatures for Class I and Class II materials.
Download this guide to safe electronic weighing in hazardous locations. Get information on calibration methods and procedures too.12/05/2011
Process industries are inherently hazardous, and maintaining safety in processes and operations has become increasingly complex and costly. With both safety and financial concerns being a high priority, those in the process industry sometimes struggle to reconcile them. This white paper shows you how you can.12/05/2011
When a multinational oil and gas company needed a real-time communications link to warn of emergency situations at its oil well platform, they turned to Moore Industries. Moore Industries helped them implement a NCS NET Concentrator System Ethernet Distributed I/O strategy interfaced with a satellite link to improve safety and performance.12/05/2011