March 2019

March 2019

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

Smart Transmitters Enable Smart Sensors

By Steven J. Smith

Because of the technology advances in the past half a century, transmission from an instrument has evolved from just the primary process variable to a wealth of information accessible up to the enterprise level. Read more

Devon Energy 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 stories.
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Automation War Stories--Lessons Learned from the Field

Harnessing Automation in New Ways: The Future of Manufacturing Depends on it

By Mary Ramsey

Comprehensive training paths, along with certificates and certifications in critical areas like safety and security, are invaluable tools for industry. These programs enable companies to quickly measure readiness, and they offer individuals an opportunity to evolve their skill sets to match the documented needs of industry. Read More

Bridging the Gap Between HART Devices and IIoT

By Tina S. Todd

This article outlines how the flow of process and diagnostics data from smart highway addressable remote transducer (HART) digital field instruments can easily be shared with mid- and higher-level control, asset management, and data information systems without having to upgrade expensive process control interface equipment. Read more

Get More Value from Your OSIsoft PI Data

Rapidly investigate and share insights with OSIsoft and Seeq. Search your data, add context, cleanse, model, find patterns, establish boundaries, monitor assets, collaborate in real time, and interact with time series data like never before.
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Finally, analytics dedicated to process data

In the current hype around predictive analytics, machine learning, and data science, what’s missing are solutions to the real challenges to an analytics-driven organization. Address the challenges of continuous and batch process manufacturing analytics with Seeq.
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Inside ISA


ISA Announced as a Supporting Organization of the 2019 LIFT Intelligent Water Systems Challenge


For the second year in a row, the International Society of Automation (ISA)-through its Water and Wastewater Industries Division (WWID)-is supporting an initiative designed to demonstrate the value of intelligent water systems, smart water technologies, and leveraging data for improved decision-making. Read more


Registration is Currently Open for the 2019 ISA Analysis Division (AD) Symposium


The International Society of Automation (ISA) announced that registration is currently open for its 2019 Analysis Division Symposium, which will explore the latest advances in process analytics techniques and applications, 6-8 May 2019, in scenic Galveston, Texas, USA. Read more

Test Your Knowledge! ISA Certification Review


The function of an A/D converter in a PLC analog input card is to:

A. convert the input power from ac to dc.

B. convert the output power from dc to ac.

C. convert the input analog signal to digital format.

D. convert the output digital signal to analog format.

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

CAP Quiz

Which three basic properties are the building blocks of cyber security?

A. Identification, Integrity, and Authorization (I I C)

B. Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability (C I A)

C. Authorization, Reliability, and Integrity (A R I)

D. None of the above

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IIoT Remote Monitoring

By Bill Dehner

In many cases, remote devices are connected to the automation system to be eyes into the machine for optimizing operation. This article takes a closer look at the methods to remotely monitor a machine or process. 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