After all the articles and columns written in this magazine decrying offshoring, it would seem unlikely that the business manager for process automation consulting for the seventh largest IT consultancy in the world would drop in for a visit with the editors of CONTROL. But thats exactly what Krishnakumar Nagarajan, head of plant automation solutions for the Engineering and Industrial Services practice of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) did. He wanted to explain his companys interest in penetrating the process automation market in the United States.
Can You Hear Me Now?
One of the most discussed topics in the past year has been the use of wireless communications in process automation. No other topic since the heyday of the Fieldbus Wars has generated so much interest, comment, information and disinformation.
In an effort to sort it all out, weve launched Industrial Wireless Knowledge Center, an online resource youll find invaluable when planning secure and reliable wireless applications at your plant. Included are articles, case studies, white papers and product information about industrial wireless communications, as well as a section on the latest developments from the various wireless standards committees working toward establishing standards for implementing wireless systems in the automation and control environment. While there, be sure to take our Wireless Sensor Network 2006 Management Survey and let us know what type of wireless data monitoring networks and sensor points you currently deploy. >> Read more
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Ensuring OPC Connectivity in Mission Critical Applications
OPC specialist Eric Murphy presents aspects to consider when addressing uninterrupted flow of data and communications, and how OPC plays a more mission-critical role in the enterprise. >> Read more
Highlights from Automation Fair
Last months event in Baltimore included hands-on labs, technical sessions and workshops on advanced automation, integrated control and information architecture. >> Read more