Live from 2017 NovaTech Automation Summit

The editors of Control were on site at the 2017 NovaTech Automation Summit in Baltimore. Here, we offer coverage of some of the presentations addressing process control's most interesting challenges and pressing problems.

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Use safety as guide for cybersecurity

Steve Gandy, global business VP at exida, reports that cybersecurity can be approached in much the same way risk assessments are done for process safety and alarm rationalization projects. "People sometimes ask me, whose job is cybersecurity?" According to Gandy, "it's everyone's job." Read more.

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Chemical Safety Board keeps striving 

U.S. Chemical Safety Board member Manny Ehrlich described the CSB's goals and strategies in his keynote address. He covered the CSB's "Drivers of Critical Chemical Safety Change" and detailed lessons learned from recent incidents, including the April 2013 fertilizer plant explosion in West Texas. Read more.

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AbbVie makes giant leap in D/3 upgrade

Biopharmaceutical manufacturer upgrades almost 20-year-old control system with NovaTech's latest D/3 Version 15. The upgrade brings significant advancement from new software and process control modules to I/O and switches to gain added reliability and productivity. Read more.

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Evonik expands with 8000 I/O upgrades

Poultry feed additive manufacturer upgrades and standardizes on 8000 I/O between plant expansions to improve communications, diagnostics, and productivity. "You need experienced people on upgrade projects like this because they can help find issues that need to be dealt with," according to automation engineer David McBride. Read more.

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Tuning loops, saving money

Control Station Inc. helps users overcome historical trial-and-error loop tuning by using a six-step D3LO tuning recipe. "A well-controlled process has less variability in the measured process variable, so the process can be operated close to maximum profit constraint," says Bob Rice, the company's vice president of engineering. Read more.

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AMP can augment operators

Manual processes and human error that hinder process applications can be confronted and streamlined by automating procedural operations with software tools such as NovaTech's Augmented Manual Procedures (AMP), according to Mike Williams, consultant at Modern Automation Consulting Services LLC. Read more.

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