Protecting your HMI/SCADA system is critical but can be challenging due to complex, multilayered technologies, cyber threats and other risks. This white paper describes where vulnerabilities within an HMI/SCADA system may lie and how companies can take proactive steps to address susceptible areas through securitybased software capabilities.12/11/2009
This paper discusses how portable data logging technology can be used to measure, record, and document the performance of geothermal heat pumps, and provides specific case study examples of how the technology is being applied in geothermal system monitoring applications.12/10/2009
The paper provides an overview of the controller types and enterprise computer systems that can be connected with these appliances.12/09/2009
In todays pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturing environments, compliance has taken on new meaning. It once implied a system of warnings that required attention. Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is demanding a new focus on compliance. Recent headlines reveal continuing industry problems and new efforts by the FDA to reduce them. And when you look beneath the regulation jargon, there are new opportunities to improve manufacturing efficiencies as well as compliance in ways that benefit the bottom line rather than cut into it. This paper explores the recent regulatory and industry changes that place new demands on manufacturers today. Then, it looks at newer technology solutions that exist to help navigate the current and future needs of life sciences manufacturing.12/09/2009
Infrared thermometers let you measure a target's surface temperature from a distance without physically touching it. This white paper shows you how to make those measurements in a repeatable and accurate way. If you have questions about emissivity, scatter, blackbodies and other infrared temperature measurement concepts then you'll want to read this guide.
» Download this white paper if you need to know how to calibrate infrared thermometers.12/02/2009
It's now time to upgrade to a new HART Communicator. Your old hand held HART Communicator is obsolete and receives limited support. You shop around and find that it costs between $3000 and $7000 for a new hand held HART Communicator. A Google search reveals a PC based alternative. Will the PC alternative perform as required? What should you look for?
The PC based HART Communicator has been around for many years, but until recently it has not been able to replace the hand held HART communicator. The main reason is that it could not communicate at the DD level with all the devices in the DD library. Recent developments have eliminated that problem and now is a good time to review the capabilities of a PC based HART Communicator.12/01/2009
Planning and Developing Effective Emergency Mass Notification Strategies for Hazardous Industrial Applications in the Post 9/11 Era.
Emergency mass notification for hazardous industrial processing operations has traditionally focused on audible and visual signaling devices such as sirens, horns, warning lights, beacons, public address and intercom systems. And the extent of the ability to quickly alert anyone outside the plantincluding fire, police and medical first responderswas until relatively recently limited to auto-dialing telecommunications. On September 11, 2001, however, everything changed.
The horrific terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City dramatically accelerated the evolution of mass notification strategies and technologies. This has been particularly evident in the case of hazardous industrial applications, and resulted in plant safety being suddenly and inextricably interwoven with critical security and detection functions. The threat of terrorist attacks has most definitely prompted industrial plant managers to completely re-evaluate their approach to emergency mass notificationboth internally and externally. And for obvious reasons, this comprehensive re-examination of mass notification requirements has had a substantial impact on facilities that process, use, store and distribute hazardous chemical materials.
Compliance with directives from government agencies is clearly one of the driving forces propelling this comprehensive re-assessment of emergency mass notification planning, systems and resources. Also at play is the subsequent proliferation of new software-driven technology riding on existing network topologies; and the deployment of seamless, multi-device, interoperable communications both within and outside the facility. Finally, there is the growing trend towards integrated systems, which in this instance encompasses the integration of disparate mass-notification devices and communication systems to achieve the highest possible levels of reliability and monitoring through redundancy and operational simplicity.11/23/2009
In the 1990s, industrial plants began to integrate and merge their "islands of automation" by networking devices to programmable controllers and controllers to control systems and HMIs (human machine interfaces). As the number of intelligent devices increased, the demand to supply power to these devices also increased.11/18/2009
Mitigating physical security risks in the world's energyproducing regions is a challenge that governments and companies have grappled with for decades. In this white paper, we'll discuss the key requirements for an effective platform security strategy, and we will describe the latest technology enabling an integrated security management system.11/18/2009
The purpose of the presentation is to demonstrate how an investment in simulation software that can provide comprehensive coverage throughout the entire lifecycle of a plant, from front end engineering design (FEED), to operator training, to operation optimization can be utilized for maximizing the returns. The returns of the simulation investment are typically achieved through reduced downtime, improved product yield and quality.11/11/2009
This white paper discusses how solar thermal systems, with the help of portable data loggers, can be optimized to deliver the financial benefits residential and commercial users hope to achieve through their investments.11/02/2009
The Effect on the 10/100 Industrial Ethernet Switch Performance.
The Anixter Infrastructure Solutions Lab wanted to determine what effect the new TIA-1005 industrial cabling infrastructure standard would have on the data throughput performance of real Ethernet data packets running between SmartBits test cards and various manufacturers' 10/100 Ethernet switches in a real-world simulation. The test included five (5) different IP20-rated switches and three (3) different enterprise rack-mounted switches using various cabling channels made from both Category 5e and Category 6 cabling components and connector pairs that are allowable under the standard. The premise also asserts that the effect of the cabling channel interference will also vary from port to port and switch to switch because of the variable transmitter and receiver functionality.10/28/2009
One of the benefits using a documenting calibrator is to be able to determine how accurate an instrument or sensor is. However, many times in the calibration process, documentation is a step that process manufacturers skip because they lack the resources and the time to do so. Although most instruments are very accurate these days, regulatory bodies often need to know just how inaccurate a particular instrument is and whether it drifts in and out of a specified tolerance over time. Download this white paper and learn how using a documenting calibrator can can help cut down costs and time, minimize manual errors while improving efficiency, accuracy and quality in the calibration process.10/28/2009
Small manufacturers with batch or sequenceoriented processes can finally stop settling for less. A new generation of fully featured process automation systems can now meet small manufacturers' automation needs and budgets.10/28/2009
Amidst the continued heated discussion on the pros and cons of integrated safety systems, market demand driven by the pursuit of reduced cost, operational excellence and engineering efficiencies continues to fuel the inevitable integration efforts. This white paper will discuss integrated safety system solutions.10/14/2009
Flat panel displays have become very popular in the automation industry with applications such as Industrial computers and Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) connecting to all different types of PLCs and embedded controller boards. An understanding of the history and development of a technology can be a tremendous aid in properly utilizing it for a given application. This article discusses the evolution of the HMIs, in particular the backlights behind the HMIs used in many of todays industries.10/14/2009
Reducing the carbon footprint brought on by plant inefficiencies, with the goals of reducing plant costs, achieving energy efficiency and security, and abating greenhouse gases (GHGs) are challenges faced today. Download paper now for energy efficiency solutions. Or, visit TheOptimizedPlant.com Knowledge Center for more white papers and case studies on reducing costs and increasing efficiency.10/14/2009
The industrial process industry is experiencing a dynamic growth in functional safety applications. That's why companies are actively taking steps to comply with worldwide safety standards such as ANSI/ISA 84 and IEC 61508/61511. To accomplish this, safety practitioners look to a "new generation" of equipmentsuch as single-loop logic solversspecifically designed and approved for safety instrumented systems.
Get this digital interactive white paper and learn how single loop logic solvers can help you achieve your plant safety objectives.10/11/2009
Lehigh Cement Company's complete modernization of its cement manufacturing facility in Union Bridge, Maryland has helped them conserve energy and improve production processes.10/09/2009
The Need for Wireless Monitoring An Overview
There is a real on-going need for monitoring of valve positions (actuated or manual) in the process line. Malfunctioning of a valve can result in danger to human health and safety, affect yields, and generate environmental risks. In some industries, regulation requires constant recording of valve position. Currently, such monitoring is done through wired Switch Boxes. Each such device requires data transmission and power cabling. Not only are these cables costly to manufacture and install, they are also one of the most frequent sources of failures in the process line, due to the fact that they are very often exposed to harsh environmental conditions. In fact, it is right here, at the field device level, where the majority of problems with wires really exist.10/09/2009