June 2018

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

What’s next for big data in process manufacturing

By Michael Risse

While big data may be entrenched and accepted in less constrained environments, it is only now leaving its introductory stage for most process manufacturing organizations.This article will discuss four of the expectations associated with a modern big data experience in process manufacturing firms. Read more

Reducing Unplanned Downtime at Fisher Valves

Fisher Valves recognized the natural fit of advanced analytics to avoid valve-related unplanned downtime when they began looking at adopting IIoT technologies as a way to analyze valve health data from the field. Download the Case Study*
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Predictive Analytics Helps Save the Environment


Challenge: Preventing sewer blockages and spills that occur in the mains system - Following a sewer spill at an environmentally significant site, the customer sought predictive analytics to address spill events before they happen.
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Automation War Stories--Lessons Learned from the Field

Manufacturing automation—a vital competitive weapon

By Bill Lydon

Regardless of your industry, automation is being used throughout the world to be more competitive and transform industry. These are exciting times for automation professionals, who can be vital contributors to the success and future of their companies. Read More

How do you define IoT and Industry 4.0 as it relates to industrial manufacturing?

By Bill Lydon

History has proven that organizations that resist the adoption of appropriate new disruptive technology are likely to become stagnant and be leapfrogged by more advanced competitors. it is clear manufacturers worldwide understand the need to improve productivity to remain competitive. Read more

Radix and Seeq to Join Forces

Radix and Seeq will partner to accelerate digital transformation and harness the capabilities of advanced analytics for their customers.

Accelerate Process Manufacturing Analytics

It's time to replace hours of work copying, cleansing, and manipulating process manufacturing data sets. Achieve insights in minutes with Seeq.

Inside ISA


ISA delivers training and support for US National Guard Cybersecurity exercise


Cyber Shield is designed to train National Guard members on cyber protection, network defense, forensic analysis, tactics, techniques and procedures defense against cyberattacks, hackers and other malign actors. ISA instructors taught two ISA industrial cybersecurity courses: IACS Cybersecurity Design & Implementation (IC34) and IACS Cybersecurity Operations & Maintenance (IC37). Read more


ISA announces Stratus Technologies as an ISA Partner


Under the partnership agreement, Stratus will work with ISA to co-develop a range of informational and promotional resources, including: ad inserts within ISA's bi-monthly InTech magazine; and a diverse range of online and e-newsletter ads, video alerts, and ebook sponsorships delivered on and through Automation.com, ISA's online publisher of automation-related content. Read more

Test Your Knowledge! ISA Certification Review


An “Inclusive OR” function:

A. can never be used with a NOT function.

B. is not applicable to discrete control applications.

C.produces a 1 output if either, or both inputs are 1.

D. produces a 1 output if neither inputs are 1.

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CAP Quiz

In tuning an axis for point-to-point moves, what would the automation professional look for?

A. Axis that has no following error

B. Axis with a lot of feedforward to adjust for velocity changes

C. Axis that quickly makes the move but with minimal or no overshoot

D. Extremely hot axis with very little following error

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The next generation of MTConnect applications

By Russ Waddell

The vision of anticipating breakdowns before they happen is decades old, but the computing power, available data, and level of statistics and forecasting expertise in industry today puts this vision closer to reality than ever before. Read more

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