August 2018

August 2018

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

 Automating continuous process operations


   By Yahya Nazer, PhD, and Bill Wray, PE

This report focuses on automated procedures that primarily reside on systems within the supervisory control, monitoring, and automated process control section of the production process. Read more

 Automating continuous process operations

The data generation and collection strategies at the center of manufacturing processes have evolved dramatically, especially in recent years. When selecting analytics software for process manufacturing, it's important to ask key questions.
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 IIoT-Enabled Remote Monitoring Improves Performance

Industrial IoT-enabled predictive maintenance services are becoming increasingly attractive for manufacturers and other industrial organizations. This report explains why and how, and includes three case studies.
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Automation War Stories--Lessons Learned from the Field

So many security breaches! Are we focusing on the wrong things?

By Paul Rostick

Without a foundational security culture mandated by a clear executive commitment, cybersecurity efforts continue to fail, often miserably, and at great cost. This should be unacceptable. Read More

Process safety: The road to risk reduction

By Lee Swindler 


Process safety management (PSM) can be a confusing topic with many specialized concepts and unique terms. So, how can you reduce risk and ensure your process operates at an acceptable level? Let’s find out. Read more

 Industry insiders bet on Seeq analytics

Seeq Corporation, a leader in manufacturing and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) advanced analytics software, has secured $23M in Series B funding to fuel the company’s continued global growth.
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Video: Predicting Equipment Failure

Explore Seeq's capabilities to utilize process data to predict end-of-run cycles or required maintenance on key assets.
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Inside ISA


Interoperability, cybersecurity goals drive cooperation between ISA and The Open Group


The International Society of Automation and The Open Group have agreed to a liaison Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate cooperation in advancing and harmonizing the development of a multivendor, interoperable, secure control architecture for application across the process industries. Activities will include sharing of best practices, document review and joint forums. Read more


ISA publishes new book on Safety Instrumented Systems life-cycle based on ISA/IEC 61511 functional process safety standard


The International Society of Automation (ISA) today announces it has published a new book that covers the entire life-cycle of safety instrumented systems (SIS)-including specification, design, analysis, programming, installation, maintenance, and change management. Read more

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Optimizing related process variables to improve profitability

By Mark Menezes, PE

Manufacturers are still a long way from using IIoT to support safety instrumented functions (SIFs) directly in plants handling hazardous products, but it is practical to use the IIoT to help ensure the SIFs can do their job. 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

  • New from ISA!

    Loop Signal and Process Variable Tool

    This tool lets control system integrators and technicians choose from a variety of engineering units (e.g., pressure, temperature, level, flow) and process signals (e.g., 4–20 mA or 1–5 VDC). The app calculates for a variety of other engineering units and process signals.

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