May 1st Edition

May 2019

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

Empowering an effective PAT methodology





By Lisa Graham, PhD, PE

Leveraging process analytical technology (PAT) advancements helps companies derive value by combining data from process and analytical instruments with advanced analytics. Read more

See the Unseen with Fixed Thermal Imaging

Your process automation system is unique and finding the right tools to improve it can be a challenge. Learn how fixed thermal imaging allows you to take control of your process to improve quality, efficiency, and safety.
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FAQ: Everything You Need to Know About IR Sensors

How critical is focusing the IR instrument? What is the smallest target IR sensors can measure? How does distance to target affect IR sensors? Find yourself stumped? Read on to learn the answer to these questions and more about IR sensors.
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Automation War Stories--Lessons Learned from the Field

What Are the Opportunities for Nonlinear Control in Process Industry Applications?

By Greg McMillan

This technical discussion is part of an occasional series showcasing the ISA Mentor Program. Here, Greg posts questions and responses from the ISA Mentor Program, with contributions from program participants. Read More

Integrating IT into process manufacturing

By Chris Logue

The notion of proprietary equipment, unique operating systems, and networking strategies is rapidly disappearing. Therefore, OT is looking more like IT all the time, and to most, this is not a bad thing. Read more

How to Instantly Receive Pass/Fail Product Results

Testing every single product to satisfy quality requirements can quickly become a long, costly process. Learn how you can avoid redundant testing procedures and receive test results instantly with fixed thermal imaging.
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IIoT-Enabled Sensors Improve Your Control

If your facility is already utilizing Industry 4.0, upgrading older infrared pyrometers to IIoT-enabled sensors allows your team to benefit from features such as lower installation costs, better reliability, and better control.
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Inside ISA

ISA APPOINTS NEW CHEIF EDITOR

ISA appoints Renee Bassett to Chief Editor position

 

The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces today that Renee Bassett has been named Chief Editor of its InTech magazine and Automation.com digital content-delivery site for automation professionals. Bassett replaces Bill Lydon, who will continue with the publications as Contributing Editor. Read more

ISA DELIVERS TRAINING & SUPPORT

ISA Delivers On-site Industrial Cybersecurity Training and Technical Support at US Army National Guard exercise

 

The International Society of Automation (ISA) in April provided operational technology (OT) training in support of the US Army National Guard's national cyber-operations exercise, Cyber Shield. Read more

Take a Quick Survey and Test Your Knowledge!

All of the following capabilities would be considered to be Ethernet Industrial Protocol (EtherNet/IP®) advantages EXCEPT:

A. non-deterministic nature.

B. open network standards.

C. lower component costs.

D. broad usage and support.

 

Answer here
 

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

Riddle:

People make me, keep me, change me, raise me,
even though I can be very dirty.
What am I?

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Key performance metrics and indicators survey highlights industry issues

By Larry O’Brien, ARC

The survey had some surprising answers about the financial impact of unplanned downtime that go against conventional industry wisdom. 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