October 2018

October 2018

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

Troubleshooting: A Valuable Skill





By Bill Lydon

Troubleshooting control and automation systems is a fundamental skill that is valuable throughout your career, and the techniques and experience are transferable to all types of problems in other areas. Read more

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 stories.
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Transforming Industrial Process Data into Actions

Collecting a wide variety of data from many different sources is not valuable unless useful insights can be gained from the data. This report explains how one operator investigated time-series data to reduce losses.
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Automation War Stories--Lessons Learned from the Field

User-created function blocks increase productivity

By Bill Lydon

One of the most powerful capabilities of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) that conform to the IEC 61131-3 standard is the functionality that allows application engineers to create function blocks that can be reused with confidence, increasing project efficiency and quality. Read More

Alarm Management Life Cycle

By Bridget Fitzpatrick

Changes to raw materials and product specifications, debottlenecking, new environmental regulations, and plant trials may affect alarm management. It is important to understand that alarm management is a never-ending effort. Read more

Seeq is now available as a SaaS offering on Microsoft Azure

Seeq Corporation's advanced analytics solutions are now available via software as a service (SaaS) on Microsoft Azure. Seeq enables process manufacturing organizations to rapidly analyze, predict, and share insights to improve production outcomes.
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Video: Seeq Analytics Software Overview

In this 2-minute video, discover how Seeq users get faster time to insight from their industrial process data on scenarios such as production yield optimization, asset monitoring and performance, and remote operations to improve bottom line results.
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Inside ISA

ISA ANNOUNCES

Celebrating the Life of David Bishop – Past ISA President

 

David Nolan Bishop, born January 14, 1940, passed away September 19, 2018 at the age of 78. He was a member of ISA from 1971 until 2018 and served as International Society President 1991-1992. Read more

ISA SALUTES

New ISA/IEC Standard Specifies Cybersecurity Capabilities for Control System Components

 

The ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards, developed by the ISA99 committee as American National Standards and adopted globally by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), is designed to provide a flexible framework to address and mitigate current and future security vulnerabilities in industrial automation and control systems (IACS). Read more

Test Your Knowledge! ISA Certification Review

CCST Quiz

When working with an instrument air system, the _________ of the air is a critical measurement and is dealt with in the ANSI/ISA 7.0 standard.

A. pressure

B. dew point temperature

C. source humidity

D. molecular weight
 

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CAP Quiz

The majority of control and safety system accidents are due to errors in what?

A. Incorrect and incomplete specifications

B. Installation and commissioning

C. Operations & maintenance

D. Changes after commissioning

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Guided Wave Radar for Inventory Tank Gauging

By Fawaz Al-Sahan, CAP

There are different level measurement options for inventory tank gauging. Cost, schedule, and other challenges affect the final technology selection. 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