April 2018

April 2018

Welcome to InTech Plus, the International Society of Automation’s online eNewsletter that connects automation professionals to all things automation.

Breaking closed architecture bonds: The Open Process Automation Forum

By Bill Lydon

Control systems are so tightly coupled functionally that end users cannot integrate best-in-class solutions. They are trapped by the current closed architectures with highly gated vendor-managed partner ecosystems. One organization is working to change that. Read more

Is operator knowledge drain affecting your plant operation?

Read this white paper to find out how simulation is used to strengthen operator training. By creating a virtual version of your plant, operators can learn about the process, control system, and HMI in a realistic and risk-free environment. Click here*
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The world’s first secure, TÜV certified SIS

The only SIS on the market that’s been through 3rd party review, analysis and certification to the latest international standards for both security (IEC 62443) and safety (IEC 61508). For more on this breakthrough technology, Click here*

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Automation War Stories--Lessons Learned from the Field

What is your innovation process?

By Bill Lydon

Innovative ideas often challenge existing paradigms, including methods, processes, and procedures. This is why it is useful to list our assumptions and mentally “kick hard” against current methods, processes, and procedures to gain new insights. Read More

HART integration supports industrial digitalization

By Ted Masters

Simplifying the bridging of information between IT and OT is the goal of the ongoing collaboration between the FieldComm Group and the OPC Foundation. They want to advance open information integration and enterprise data exchange, and streamline application engineering. Read more

Join us for our monthly webinar series focused on the latest trends in Process Automation

April’s topic will discuss how to ease your skid integration applications by leveraging PROFINET. Click here*

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Discover the latest in the analytical sciences at ISA’s 2018 Analysis Division Symposium


The International Society of Automation (ISA) today announces the opening of registration for its 2018 Analysis Division Symposium, which will explore the latest advances in process analytics techniques and applications, 23-25 April 2018 in scenic Galveston, Texas, USA. Read more



Alcoa receives 2017 ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute Excellence in Automation Award


Alcoa Corporation (Alcoa) was presented the ISA100 Wireless Excellence in Automation Award for "Leadership in Development and Implementation of Wireless Applications for Mining/Refinery Operations. Read more

Test Your Knowledge! ISA Certification Review


In a level control system using a capacitance probe as the sensor, if the process liquid medium changes:

A. the transmitter will need to be recalibrated.

B. the probe’s grounding system will need to be relocated.

C. adaptive control action will need to be added to the controller.

D. there should be no effect on the control loop performance.

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Want more practice? For more sample questions, check out the ISA Certification Review archives.

CAP Quiz

Which ISA standard specifies requirements for the assessment, design, installation, operation, and maintenance of Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS)?

A. ISA 88

B. ISA 99

C. ISA 84

D. ISA 95

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Is your DCS ready for digitalization?

Learn how PROFINET is helping the process industry bring digitalization down to the field level with added flexibility and robustness. Click here*

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Why OPC is your future: Getting data to operate more productively and efficiently is the new job

By John D. H. Hose 

The Linux Foundation EdgeX Foundry project is focused on creating a unifying open architecture for network edge devices to support the vision and goals of the Internet of Things (IoT), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and Industry 4.0. Read more

Cool Tools

Mobile apps are handy tools when you’re on the go. We have compiled a list of apps that are recommended by our members as being time- and effort-saving resources for automation professionals. Included in the list are engineering calculators and apps for reviewing AutoCAD drawings, as well as apps for specialized tasks, such as heat transfer calculation and decoding a Rockwell programmable logic controller (PLC) status light meaning. Click here for cool tools