Migration is Key to Support & Transform Legacy Industrial Infrastructure (Local & Distributed) to IP-Based Networks
Many industrial networks are based on the EIA-485 or RS-485 communication standard. As industrial systems and products rapidly move to IP-based Ethernet networks, RS-485 network operators face complex and expensive obstacles in the transition from RS-485 serial communication to Ethernet communication infrastructure. In this white paper, PCN introduces IP-485, an open standard approach to modernization of RS-485-based industrial automation and distributed control infrastructure, allowing instant connectivity to the Cloud, without impacting security and reliability. With IP-485, users can keep their RS-485 network and get Ethernet networks on the same cabling already installed!06/25/2013
Leveraging KEPServerEX and Kepware's New Security Policies Plug-In to Meet Your Security Requirements
The ability to securely move information between software applications and hardware appliances is critical to any automated process. To make this possible, an interoperable communications platform must be layered into the control system. This "defense-in-depth" approach ensures that critical information will not be deciphered by non-authorized applications for malicious use. This approach also limits the scope of activities that each authorized user is allowed to do and/or access in the system in order to minimize unintentional mistakes that may cause downtime or impact safety. With KEPServerEX V5.12 and the new Security Policies Plug-In, Kepware now provides a complete solution to this market need. Read the full Application Note from Kepware's President and CEO, Tony Paine, to learn more.06/25/2013
The basis of good flowmeter selection is a clear understanding of the requirements of the particular application. Therefore, time should be invested in fully evaluating the nature of the process fluid and of the overall installation. The development of specifications that state the application requirements should be a systematic, step-by-step process.
In this Essentials guide, the editors of Control walk through the alternatives, explain how to narrow your choices and uncover the latest application trends.06/17/2013
FDT Technology is an international standard developed to standardize the communication and configuration interface between smart field devices and their host systems. The enhancements and development from FDT to FDT2 were driven by changing technology and user requirements. The challenges were to maintain all existing features and benefits, add new capabilities based on real-world applications and enhance areas of identified improvements, all this done against a backdrop of maintaining backward compatibility. The following overview of the enhancements included in FDT2 identifies how the specification has addressed the needs of users and suppliers.06/17/2013
Plant safety is at or very near the top of almost every manufacturer's operating priority list, often with a stated goal of zero incidents or accidents.06/13/2013
The installed base of industrial networks has been engineered to operate reliably in the specific applications and environments for which they were designed, closed and are operated, using a myriad of physical layer communications and language protocols. Product obsolescence, limitations in scalability of the infrastructure and potential loss of highly skilled support all have become high-Pareto challenges to managers. In this white paper, we introduce a new approach to the modernization of industrial automation and distributed control networks, and describe how they can be deployed to easily, rapidly, securely, reliably and cost-effectively transform existing legacy industrial network infrastructures into those that can support IP-enabled devices that are connected to the Cloud.05/28/2013
For process manufacturers today, having a reliable, seamlessly integrated set of IT systems across the plant, or across multiple sites, is critical to business efficiency, profitability and growth. Beamex has introduced the Business Bridge mdash; a standardized, but configurable software solution for connecting Beamex CMX calibration management system to an enterprise resource planning (ERP) or computerized maintenance management system (CMMS).05/25/2013
Asset Managements: Best Practices for Developing Device Tasks to Operate with High-Level Batch Recipe Management
As manufacturers with batch operations strive to improve shareholder value through increased profitability, they are increasing investments in factory automation to reduce costs and increase operational flexibility. Equipment suppliers have responded with more capable devices, controls and software to meet these needs.05/23/2013
DONG Energy trusts ABB's System 800xA High Integrity to protect critical gas treatment facilities such as its Nybro gas treatment plant on the west coast of Jutland, Denmark. DONG Energy uses ABB's System 800xA to handle 16 to 25 million cubic meters of natural gas at this plant on a daily basis. Safety is a priority and setting up a fully automated ESD system increases DONG Energy's plant safety levels. Read the full report and learn how DONG Energy integrates ABB's System 8000xA to process natural gas safely.05/21/2013
Over the past several decades, intrinsic safety has established itself as the preferred method of explosion protection for global energy and petrochemical projects. This latest installment in Control's "Essentials of" series explains the ins and outs of intrinsic safety technology, how it compares with other methods of explosion protection, and new technology development poised to increase the scope of its application to higher energy systems.05/19/2013
For decades, process instrumentation specifiers have faced the decision whether to use a mechanical switch or a continuous transmitter for a given application. Either type of instrument can be used to effectively control industrial processes and protect equipment and personnel -- and each has associated pros and cons. Application specifics typically drive decision-making, dictating which approach is most effective from performance, cost and lifecycle support perspectives.05/16/2013
The security of industrial automation and control systems becomes increasingly critical as different networks are connected and systems are integrated in a collaborative manufacturing environment. For industrial automation and control systems the potential impact of an attack maybe more serious than for computer systems in general. Users of industrial automation and control systems need to pay correspondingly increased attention to these issues.05/15/2013
The use of wireless technology in industrial automation systems offers a number of potential benefits, from the obvious cost reduction brought about by the elimination of wiring to the availability of better plant information, improved productivity and better asset management.05/15/2013
Sensors used for temperature monitoring and data acquisition can be quite varied. Applications ranging from simple room temperature monitoring to highly sophisticated batch process control can all be highly dependent on obtaining accurate temperature readings. The primary types of sensors used for this purpose are resistance temperature detectors (RTDs), thermocouples, integrated circuit temperature detectors (ICTDs), thermistors, and infrared sensors.05/15/2013
Recent studies show that OEMs are well-aware of the available energy efficiency technologies for improving the efficiency of their equipment and machines. But while many OEMs are conscious of the growing pressure and demands coming from the market, they are reluctant to make changes due to the perception that new technologies will make their machines more expensive to sell. In fact, companies that endorse energy efficiency and sustainability in their thinking experience stronger loyalty from their customers. This document will discuss how adopting an energy efficiency strategy concerning automation and control systems can help OEMs develop more sustainable and energy-efficient machines, as well as how these new technologies that OEMs can use to differentiate their offerings bring benefits and new values to end users.04/29/2013
The BLH Industrial Weighing Systems Handbook has been a primary reference since its first printing in 1967. This third edition presents vital information on weighing system performance, design and implementation tools.04/29/2013
The current loop is probably one of the most underestimated data transmission and control method. It's so simple that we tend to ignore it in favor of more complex and sophisticated methods.04/24/2013
Produced water refers to any water brought up to the surface during oil and gas production, typically as the result of drilling, exploration and hydraulic fracturing. Before disposing or reusing the water, it must be treated to extract hydrocarbons and satisfy environmental code regulations.04/16/2013
This year's ABB Automation & Power World, held March 25-28 in Orlando, Fla., included a broad range of need-to-know presentations for automation and power professionals on topics ranging from cybersecurity concerns to efficiency and reliability, and data power usage.04/15/2013
- Efficient - See machine information anywhere.
- Effective - Monitor multiple machines' status using one Pro-face Remote HMI.
- Easy Set Up - Set up and activate quickly using Pro-face GP-Pro EX (v3.1 or later) software.
- Interactive - Monitor and control your HMI from your tablet or smart phone (data input, send work instructions, etc.).
Pro-face Remote HMI allows you to check machines and equipment for alarms, operating status and other information using a tablet or smartphone from anywhere on the factory floor.04/15/2013