November 2018

November 2018

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

Cybersecurity at the Edge

By Bill Lydon

Cybersecurity is a big issue that can have serious consequences. This article discusses the most serious cybersecurity and safety issues that are vulnerabilities in today’s industrial security environment. Read more

Energy Company Transforms Data into Insights

Oil and Gas exploration and production companies generate huge volumes of data. Learn how Devon Energy implemented advanced data historian and analytics technologies to transform all this data into actionable insights that support data-driven decisions.
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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

Challenges of being an I&C lead engineer – One man’s opinion

By Mike Laspisa

I enjoyed being an instrumentation and control (I&C) engineer and collaborating with all available resources in completing assignments, often asking for help from vendors or other engineers. That said, I have witnessed a decline in the quality of work in many areas of I&C engineering in the past 10 years. Read More

The Importance of Network Design

By Bill Lydon

The goal when doing a network implementation project for control networks is to ensure that the network has as few attack vectors as possible. There are several ways to approach a networking project but having a plan and buy-in from both sides is the best way to begin. Read more

Improving Data Quality Using Seeq
& OSIsoft PI AF

Analytics for industrial plants is in high demand, but data quality can interfere with analysis. In this OSIsoft PI World Barcelona presentation, Brian Parsonnet of Seeq and Nathaniel Adebayo of OSIsoft demonstrate how to improve data quality.
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Advanced Analytics for Process Manufacturing Data

You and your team can rapidly investigate and share insights from operations and manufacturing data sources to improve production outcomes. Historian data is easily integrated to find insights that enable continuous.
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Inside ISA


ISA Announces Recipients of 2018 Author Awards


Winners are recognized for their editorial contributions to a wide range of ISA publications, including ISA books; InTech, ISA's bi-monthly magazine for automation and control professionals; and ISA Transactions, ISA's monthly professional journal dedicated to the science and engineering of measurement and automation. Read more


ISA Publishes New Book on Safety Instrumented Systems Life-cycle based on ISA/IEC 61511 Functional Process Safety Standard


The book 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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Start with Risk Assessment to Enhance Safety

By John Ritter

Look before you leap. This sage advice holds true in today’s manufacturing world, especially as it pertains to machine guarding. That is why it is always a good idea to perform a proper risk assessment before installing or upgrading new equipment. 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