March 2018

March 2018

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

New roles for process historians

  



   By Wayne Matthews

At one time, process historians were simply software packages used to store and present real-time process data. Today, however, process historians are being used to store ever-increasing amounts of big data originating from a much wider variety of sources. Read more

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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Simulation paves the way for 36 hour DCS install

 

After virtually testing the control system and training operators on a plant simulator, this new DCS was installed and running in a day and a half. Learn more*

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Automation War Stories--Lessons Learned from the Field

Remotely analyzing gas processing data

By Andy Young 

Pioneer Energy uses equipment at production well sites to help oil and gas fields, in several states to capture methane and natural gas liquid streams. Operating data from the equipment is sent via cellular or satellite communications for monitoring and analysis, which is then. Read More

Manufacturing 4.0: Data management principles for machine vision

By Matthew Daniel

Machine vision images and related data can be collected and used to help drive quality, improve yield, and contribute to faster resolution of quarantines and recalls. This article discusses how vision data can be used and the basics of how to architect the system required for its collection, storage, and analysis. Read more

Is it better to use redundancy for safety, and diagnostic for reliability?
Or the other way around

 

Join this webinar on March 28 from 11-12pm ET to learn more about both techniques as applied to controllers used in safety instrumented systems. Click here*

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

  NEW, FREE BOOK

ISA and Beamex release a new, free calibration eBook

 

The eBook is an informative resource with 60 detailed pages covering all essential topics relating to calibration. It includes six chapters that address calibration best practices and strategies and contain guidelines on effectively managing a facility-wide calibration program. Read more

 

 ROBOTICS COMPETITION

ISA and Automation Federation commemorate kickoff of 2018 FIRST® Robotics Competition

 

Combining the rigors of science and technology, the FRC challenges teams of high school students (ages 14-8/grades 9-12) to design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform tasks against a field of competitors. Read more

Test Your Knowledge! ISA Certification Review

CCST Quiz

Approximately what is the pressure, in psig, on the bottom of a 10 ft, flat bottom, open tank filled to 100% of capacity with a fluid that has a specific gravity of 1.1?

A. 2.50

B. 4.76

C. 9.50

D. 25.4
 

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

CAP Quiz

A Markov model is used to determine successful system operation as a function of operating time interval. The resulting computation indicates system

A. mission time.

B. steady-state availability.

C. reliability.

D. probability of success.

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Significantly reduce time and effort for cabling, with a DCS that relies on PROFINET

 

Learn more about how you can more easily scale network structures and save space with a compact DCS hardware solution. 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 Rinaldi   

If you have been ignoring OPC UA and the whole Internet of Things, cloud, Microsoft Azure business, it is time to get serious about it. Getting the data we need to operate more productively and efficiently is the new job, is OPC UA the tool to move forward? 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