May 2018

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

Swinging for the fence with wireless technology

By Andre Ristaino

End-user surveys conducted over the past five years have listed reliability and security as the two most important factors inhibiting adoption of wireless technology in manufacturing. The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute published some of these independent studies and their findings. Read more

6 FAQs about HARTING Connectors on UL 508A Panels

Using connectors on UL 508A cabinets used to be a huge hassle for the panel-builder. Now, HARTING, in partnership with UL, has made it possible to easily connectorize UL 508A panels. The following six FAQs explain this new standard and the benefits it offers. DOWNLOAD THE FAQ*
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Automation War Stories--Lessons Learned from the Field

Essential wireless network layout concepts

By Shuji Yamamoto

Some wireless consultants make the process of creating a new wireless instrumentation network very complex using simulations and reading test signals. Other approaches are simpler taking a few distance measurements and establishing sight lines. For this article, we will concentrate more on the latter, simpler approach. Read More

Remote access to automation system components

By Jonathan Griffith

Remote access to local programmable logic controllers (PLCs), human machine interfaces (HMIs), and other automation system components is becoming a requirement for many machine building facilities. Although many industrial networks were previously configured with a router without a virtual private network (VPN), new installations should not do this because of the security risks. Read more

Modular Connectors Outperform Hardwiring


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Inside ISA


ISA publishes third edition of A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge


This new release has been updated to reflect the continuing evolution of digital technologies and their impact on automation processes as well as new automation standards in such areas as alarm management, HMI design and operational technology cybersecurity. Read more


ISA joins automation and gaming at 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival


At the exhibit sponsored by the International Society of Automation (ISA) and its umbrella organization, the Automation Federation (AF), hundreds of young people and their parents as well as other visitors competed in a computerized game based on an actual industrial automation and control system. Read more

Test Your Knowledge! ISA Certification Review


All electrical power and other paths must be eliminated when measuring _______ of an electrical component.

A. capacitance

B. resistance

C. voltage

D. current

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CAP Quiz

A project manager prepares a work breakdown structure (WBS) identifying each major task and related subtasks required to fulfill the project objective. Subtasks are further reduced into units and subunits with associated cost projects and assigned responsibilities. This activity occurs during which phase of a project's life cycle in the ISA CAP program's model?

A. Project definition

B. Feasibility study

C. System design

D. Software development

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Three keys to designing and configuring secure industrial networks

By Richard Wood 

In today’s connected world, securing industrial control systems (ICSs) is more important than ever. There are three common aspects that these standards and many cybersecurity experts agree are fundamental to deploying secure industrial networks. 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