September 2018

September 2018

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

Integrated manufacturing and production

By Bill Lydon

Based on discussions with many users, the relationship between IT and OT in organizations seems to be at different stages. However, the trend does appear to be the functional integration of IT and OT, regardless of the organizational structure, to achieve improved manufacturing and production. Read more

Simplified Remote Access

By Benson Hougland

Remote access used to be a complex undertaking for machine builder and process skid OEMs, with numerous issues related to performance, cybersecurity, and IT details. New automation components and open standards, such as MQTT and Sparkplug, are addressing this issue. Read more

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Automation War Stories--Lessons Learned from the Field

Why Automation Projects are Tough to Manage - And How to Execute them Better

By Lee Swindler

Without a foundational security culture mandated by a clear executive commitment, cybersecurity efforts continue to fail, often miserably, and at great cost. This should be unacceptable. Read More

Empowering the Digital Workforce of the Future

By Mike Train

Advances in automation have done fantastic things for the manufacturing sector in terms of reliability, safety, and operational efficiency. But is the industry has reached a point where those gains are leveling off? Read more

Inside ISA


ISA Announces Appointment of Executive Director Mary Ramsey


Ramsey, who has been serving as ISA's Interim Executive Director since January of this year, has more than 25 years of industrial automation experience. She specializes in leadership, change management and strategy development/execution. Read more


ISA salutes 2018 Fellows and Celebrating Excellence Award honorees


ISA's Celebrating Excellence Awards honor companies and individuals, both members and non-members, for significant contributions in leadership, technical innovation, and contributions to education that have advanced the profession. Read more

Test Your Knowledge! ISA Certification Review


Which of the following terms describe a control strategy in which the output of one controller is used to manipulate the setpoint of another controller?

A. Ratio

B. Fail safe

C. Cascade

D. Feedforward

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

CAP Quiz

Which of the following contract types places the PRIMARY risk with the supplier?

A. Cost plus

B. Fixed price

C. Time and material

D. Unit price

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The State of MES in the Age of Smart Manufacturing

By Patrick Panchak

As real-time data collection, integration, and analysis continue to become increasingly critical to manufacturing business success, MES continues to facilitate overall smart manufacturing transformation. 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