February 2018

February 2018

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

ISA-95 evolves to support smart manufacturing and IIoT

By Charlie Gifford and David Daff

The increase—in number and sophistication—of cyberattacks on automation systems shows no signs of diminishing. Is it time for a significant change in automation system security architecture and implementation? Read more

Simulation helps reduce time to plan and test plants by over 60%

With every DCS project comes pressure to meet strict deadlines. Read how this manufacturer significantly reduced commissioning time for a new control system installation by using simulation to virtually test the DCS and correct errors before arriving onsite. Read more*
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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). To learn more information about this breakthrough technology, Click here*

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Is your batch process following the object model defined in the ISA-88 guideline?

Don't miss this webinar on February 28 at 11am ET to Learn more*
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Automation War Stories--Lessons Learned from the Field

We have a demand problem with the automation profession

By Dean Ford, CAP, PE

Organizations that use any kind of automation system need to take proactive, defensive steps immediately to avoid significant business disruption and lost revenue. Read More


Automation professionals’ new role: converging IT and OT

By Peter Martin

As the speed of industry steadily increased over the past decade, critical business variables began to fluctuate quite frequently, requiring real-time control and optimization. Industrial organizations are rethinking the validity of keeping IT and OT separate, suggesting that converging the two would be beneficial. Read more

Inside ISA


Industry-led initiative to simplify device integration now supports ISA100 Wireless


The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute announced today that FDI technology, an industry initiative to facilitate integration of FOUNDATION Fieldbus™ (FF) function blocks into a wide variety of systems, now supports ISA100 Wireless. Read more



ISA announces 2018 Leak Detection and Repair/Fugitive Emissions (LDAR) Symposium


Designed exclusively to meet the needs of LDAR and air compliance professionals, the three-day event will: provide essential updates on regulatory requirements and mandates; offer exclusive access to networking opportunities with other LDAR professionals, industry experts and solution providers; and highlight the most advanced strategies and solutions in emissions reduction and directed inspection and maintenance programs (DI&M). Read more

Test Your Knowledge! ISA Certification Review


As used in instrumentation and defined in the ISA Dictionary, the term, "primary element" usually refers to:

A. provide a physical obstruction between the hazardous and nonhazardous areas.

B. establish a central grounding point in the hazardous area.

C. prevent excess voltage or current from reaching the hazardous area.

D. increase the resistance in the circuit to reduce the risk of explosion.

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

CAP Quiz

According to ISA99, when building a process control network, network communications and access controls with similar security profiles should be grouped into?

A. Sections

B. Standard groups

C. Levels

D. Zones

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When the cloud isn’t fast enough

By Andrew D. Hopkins and Brian Irwin

Regulatory focus and expectations are increasing on the data life cycle within the broader area of managing and maintaining data integrity. Automation and IT systems can support a number of the technical and business processes in this area. Read more

The world’s first secure, TÜV certified SIS

Learn more about the latest DCS innovations that support digitalization. Click here*

*By clicking on the sponsor link above, you agree that your contact information will be shared with Siemens.

Flare Monitoring Regulatory Compliance Requires Analyzers

By Scott Eddleman, Yokogawa

Blockchain technology could disrupt the industrial control system (ICS) world, so it is worth looking now to see what might be coming and how it might affect us. 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