Common control system vulnerabilities
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.
Sandia National Labs
Podcast: An interview with Elpro Technologies' Graham Moss
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.
The physics of radio bands and channels
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.
Rate your plant's alarm system performance
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.
The link between automation KPIs and enterprise KPIs
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.
Fieldbus and remote I/O system comparison
Nine manufacturers participated in the FuRIOS study, which was conduced under the lead of an end user company that compared its use of fieldbus and remote I/O in full detail.
How to manage your fieldbus project
This paper discusses the relationship and workflow, both internal and external, that an organization needs to follow to successfully manage and complete a fieldbus automation project.
Unlocking the promise of digital field devices
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.
Intelligent information management
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.
Securing an integrated SCADA system
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.
New technologies move fieldbus into next generation
The fieldbus industry has responded to the disparate or non-existent interfaces to control systems and configuration tools with the introduction of two new complementary technologies FDT and Enhanced EDDL.
The value proposition of Profibus in the process industries
This paper takes a look at the wide range of application profiles for Profibus that address specific manufacturing needs, and the fieldbus applications of four end-users who have realized benefits from using Profibus in typical process industry applications.
ARC Advisory Group
Suppressing nuisance alarms
This White Paper outlines the requirements for an alarm management system, provides a detailed description of the intelligent alarm management system, and offers results and conclusions for the improvement in nuisance alarm suppression.
University of Singapore
Security vulnerability assessment (SVA) revealed
Many industrial processing plants have already screened their facilities and operations for security vulnerability potential and are conducing SVA on the high priority concerns. So where do they go from here?
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Process, instrument and plant engineers are challenged continuously by productivity and plant operating efficiency objectives as well as ensuring plant compliance with an ever expanding list of regulations.
Purge and pressurization is an alternative hazardous location protection concept that allows lesser rated equipment to be used in hazardous areas by segregating the equipment from the hazardous material.
Today's utilities operate in highly productive business environments that are very competitive. As such, they need to comply with stringent regulatory requirements to prevent downtime that may negatively impact customers. A slight failure of equipment can translate to immediate consequences from both a financial and safety perspective.
This next in Control's Essentials series, "Essentials of the Connected Enterprise" provides industrial automation professionals with up-to-date information on the advances in communications and computing technology.
Find out how a full featured embedded HMI for machines can improve operational agility and increase manufacturing performance with less effort. Machines delivered without a full featured HMI can cause operational issues such as lower operational agility, inability to continuously improve, decreased predictability, higher risk and increased total cost of ownership. A full featured embedded HMI can alleviate these issues by providing better information on the plant floor, along with greater connectivity and fast integration into your production system. Download the white paper to get more details on the new Wonderware solution to these problems.