This paper takes a comprehensive look at wireless security for both corporate and industrial automation networks, placing an emphasis on the industrial automation security aspects and providing guidelines needed to secure your plants wireless systems.
CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes interviewed Emersons Director of Technology, Bob Karshnia, about the companys solutions for wireless, the standards work being done by SP100 and the HART wireless working group, and if the company is attempting to force its own formulation of a HART wireless standard down the throats of the other working group members.
The move to a greater degree of furnace compliance for thermal treatments is building confidence between thermal processing equipment manufacturers and customers. This paper introduces ways you can optimize equipment to meet the need for improved performance.
This White Paper demonstrates that for accurate thermal measurement, the advantage of higher resolution is that the range to the target can be increased, making for easier measurements from a distance.
This article serves as a tutorial on IT security for industrial systems. Security objectives are explained, attack types are illustrated, and available and suggested countermeasures and general good practices are described.
This report describes the generalized trends in vulnerabilities observed from control and automation IT systems used in critical infrastructures, as well as typical reasons for these security issues and an introduction to an effective mitigation strategy.
Editor in Chief Walt Boyes discusses the state of wireless in industrial environments with Elpros general manager, Graham Moss, who has some interesting opinions about SP100, Wireless HART, the usefulness of mesh networking in process plants, and why he thinks it won't work.
This technical article looks at the principles of radio technology to explain the differences in performance between different radio bands, and explains the different characteristics between the common 2.4GHz ISM band and the lesser used 900 and 869 MHz bands in industrial environments.
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.
This paper explains the purpose and benefits of ISAs S88 standard and its role as both an engineering guideline and an often overlooked management tool that can be used to reduce cost and improve the way a manufacturing process operates.
Enterprise Key Performance Indicators, or KPIs, measure the goals of business and help management to allocate resources. Automation KPIs measure the effectiveness of the process and the control system, and help plant-floor personnel to allocate their resources. Driving Automation KPIs to their optimum in turn drives Enterprise KPIs toward management goals.
This paper demonstrates how field device tool (FDT) technology standardizes the communication interface between field devices and systems, while complementing EDDL from design, installation and commissioning, to operation and maintenance, and eventual asset replacement.
This paper will discuss how refiners can optimize their information management by changing their business processes and adding additional applications, while not putting any additional data collection or management burden on operations.
This White Paper discusses some of the options available to companies concerned with the threat of cyber attack and unauthorized network access to SCADA systems that monitor and control critical infrastructure.