A path forward for DCS alarm management
Despite the recent industry focus on higher-level solutions, substantive technical challenges still abound in DCS alarm management. The reasons, importance, and solutions for the problem of alarm management are the subject of this White Paper.
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Improve your alarm systems
This safety information bulletin from the Energy Institute describes a practical approach that has been used to improve alarm systems at a petroleum refinery and to reduce the burden on operators caused by alarms. Guidance is available on the problems with alarms and what measures to take to improve alarm systems.
Flow, Level and Environmental Handbook
Features a variety of meters and controllers, portable, handheld and laboratory instruments measuring air, water, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, flow, high viscosity liquids, and pH.
Alarm management for regulated industries
This article (.pdf) from CEPmagazine.org focuses on the regulatory drivers for alarm management and summarizes some key best practices, and challenges the process automation industry on things it can do to help implement more effective alarm systems.
21 steps to improve security of SCADA networks
The Presidents Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, and the Department of Energy, have developed the steps outlined here to help any organization improve the security of its SCADA networks.
The ups and downs of alarm trips
This White Paper features extensive information on various types of alarm trips, their effective applications and safety factors, and addresses other considerations that need to be made when implementing an alarm trip strategy.
Is wireless for you?
From telephones to remote TV controls to alarm systems, wireless is everywhere! It is the hottest and latest technological breakthrough. Or is it? This White Paper compares wired and wireless applications, and the benefits and limitations of this 100-year-old communications technology.
The four-fold method of noise and vibration control
This White Paper on noise and vibration control will help control engineers get a better understanding of how passive acoustical systems can best be used to improve instrument designs at the lowest cost.
Distributed firewall for SCADA and industrial networks
The sensitive nature of PLC and DCS devices requires a higher level of network segmentation and advanced defense solutions. This "special to the web" White Paper defines the problem and introduces a new approach to distributing a firewall throughout your SCADA and industrial networking environment.
The pros and cons of alarm management projects
Although a lot of alarm management projects start and fail due to poor understanding of the scope of the probelm, lack of resources or money, loss of momentum, and no identifiable return on investment, the real key to success is to establish responsibility.
User Centered Design Services
The benefits of connectorized I/O
This White Paper asserts that connectorization is the perfect complement to fieldbus systems, but difficult to measure during the initial planning stages.
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From the company's pledge to renew and improve its partnership with customers to how to migrating a DCS 1,600 feet below ground, the Yokogawa Users Conference and Exhibition in Houston covered emerging technologies and trends in process control engineering, management and implementations, as well as the year's new releases and upgrades in the company's extensive product lines. Here's what happened, in a series of first-hand accounts by Control's seasoned editorial staff.
ABB has taken the lead in the domain of electrical integration with its award-winning Extended Automation System 800xA, enabling intelligent electrical devices to be integrated utilizing the global IEC 61850 standard for control and protection of substation equipment.
This State of Technology Report is a compendium of the latest trends, articles, back-to-basics tutorials, application stories and product solutions recently published in the pages of Control-compiled by the Editors and all together here in one convenient eBook.