White Papers

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  • Redundancy for OPC

    Redundancy in a process control system means that some or all of the system is duplicated, or redundant. The goal is to eliminate, as much as possible, any single point of failure. When a piece of equipment or a communication link goes down, a similar or identical component is ready to take over.

    Robert McIlvride, Andew Thomas, Cogent Real‐Time Systems Inc.
    04/21/2014
  • OPC Tunnelling – Know Your Options

    This article will look at how tunnelling solves the issues associated with DCOM, and show you what to look for in an OPC tunnelling product.

    Bob McIlvride, Andrew Thomas, Cogent Real-Time Systems
    04/21/2014
  • Improved Diagnostics from Decentralized Solenoid Valves and I/O Systems

    Information about the health of a control system, the I/O systems, field devices and final control elements can be critical for plant operation and uptime. Timely diagnostic information can mean the difference between a quick repair and hours or days of unplanned downtime.

    Festo
    04/15/2014
  • Technology Transfer Brings New Life to Electric Control Valve Actuation

    The limitations of traditional electric actuators have an impact on the life of the system. The most common problem is exceeding the rated duty cycle, causing the motor to burn out. A study done by ExxonMobil and presented in October 2012 at Coking.Com identified wear issues. Download this white paper to learn more.

    Exlar
    04/14/2014
  • Protecting Our Water – Keep Chemicals in the Tank

    Leaking or overfilled tanks containing chemicals, fuel oil, sewage or hazardous materials can cause environmental problems, contaminate drinking water and cost a company millions of dollars in fines and lawsuits. This white paper discusses instrumentation and controls that can monitor the contents of a vessel and provide an alarm in the event of a leak or overfill event.

    Bill Sholette, Ricardo Chavez, Endress+Hauser
    04/03/2014
  • The Ten Commandments of Fiber Optics

    When planning for a successful fiber-optic network and cabling installation, several principles remain constant but often are overlooked. As a training manager for B&B Electronics, Susan Stanley sees how easy it is to overlook some of these principles. Here are her 10 things to remember about fiber optics.

    Susan Stanley, B&B Electronics
    03/31/2014
  • Designing a Control System for High Availability

    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.

    Rockwell Automation, ICS Triplex
    03/24/2014
  • Three Reasons SCADA Software Is Going Nowhere

    Discover the top 3 reasons SCADA software can hold you back, what technological advancements you can use to get ahead, and how merging SCADA and IT can have a powerful effect on your company.

    Inductive Automation
    03/18/2014
  • Big Data: Improving Decisions thru Smart Instrumentation

    Analyzing "Big Data" provides decision makers with tools to make better operational decisions impacting efficiency, costs, security, and ultimately contribute to greater profits. Download this white paper to learn the role of smart instrumentation, and find out how data is not only shaping business but changing the future of instrumentation

    SOR
    03/18/2014
  • What Makes RFID Systems Industrial Strength?

    Balluff experts explain the three fundamental qualities that determine if RFID systems will perform reliably in demanding production environments. It answers three main questions: Will the RFID system integrate seamlessly with industrial control systems? Will it provide the reliability and speed that production and information systems require? Can it maintain uptime and performance long-term?

    Balluff
    03/11/2014
  • Essentials of Dynamic Simulation

    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.

    Control Global
    03/04/2014
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