InTech Plus - April 2020

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April 2020

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

Single-loop control—Still the mainstay of advanced process control





By Jim Ford, PhD

Today, even after 50 years, APC continues to rely on the lowly flow control loop, the most basic single-loop control, as the best rejector of unmeasured disturbances and the most stable platform for the APC/optimization control hierarchy.Read more

How can you reduce your IO footprint and save on cost?

The design of the SIMATIC ET 200SP HA I/O system impresses by its compactness and high channel density: Up to 32 channels can be connected with 56 I/O modules per rail, allowing over 1,700 I/O signals.
Watch this video to find out more

3 Benefits of a DCS that speaks digitalization

Upgrading to SIMATIC PCS 7 V9 with digitalization enables you to:

  • Optimize big data use by intelligently processing and linking mass amounts of data
  • Improve operations by predicting asset failures
  • Reduce costs by integrating operations and engineering

Read how this customer benefitted from upgrading

 

Enjoying driving a classic? But at what cost?

By Paul Galeski, PE, CAP

Don’t fear change. Embrace it. Drive it. Benefit from it. The old tech will always be there to visit in a museum or in your memory but, bottom line, there is no future in the past. Read More

What has industry learned about model-based multivariable control?

By Allen Kern

The PLCopen organization and Automation.com conducted a joint survey of PLC programming preferences. The majority of over 200 responses from PLC users were from North America and Europe. Here are some of the results to inform you of current trends in PLC programming and users thoughts on vendors.Read more

4 Ways the Control System is Paving the Way to Industry 4.0

Those that stick to the status quo are losing out while competitors take steps towards digitalization and their future success. Watch this mini-video series to find out how the DCS plays a crucial role in the digital transformation by providing enhanced Usability, Scalability, Access, and Collaboration.


Watch the mini-video series

 

Is operator knowledge drain affecting your plant operation?

Read this white paper to find out how simulation is used to strengthen operator training. By creating a virtual version of your plant, operators can learn about the process and control system in a realistic and risk-free environment.


Read the white paper

 

Inside ISA

News

ISA Provides Guidance to Newsweek Vantage Report on Cyber Risks to Critical Infrastructure

 

The International Society of Automation (ISA) recently served as the expert partner for an independent report from Newsweek Vantage on cyber risks to critical infrastructure. Read more

Standards

New Guide to Cybersecurity Standards: ISA Introduces an Overview of the ISA/IEC 62443 Series

 

The International Society of Automation (ISA) and the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance have released a new guide to the world’s only consensus-based automation cybersecurity standards. Read more

Test Your Knowledge!

ISA Survey

In the current environment, how often are you working from home/remotely?

Full time at office/facility

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To participate in the survey, please click here.
 

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InTech Plus Brain Teaser

Question:

Q: 10. I dig out tiny caves, and store gold and silver in them. I also build bridges of silver and make crowns of gold. They are the smallest you could imagine. Sooner or later everybody needs my help, yet many people are afraid to let me help them. Who am I?

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PLC Programming Preference Survey: Insights & User Comments

 

By Bill Lydon

The PLCopen organization and Automation.com conducted a joint survey of PLC programming preferences. The majority of over 200 responses from PLC users were from North America and Europe. Here are some of the results to inform you of current trends in PLC programming and users thoughts on vendors. Read more

ISA Training

With all the advances in automation technology and the rise of digitalization, it’s important for automation professionals to remain on the cutting edge of these innovations. ISA continues to offer the latest courses and online training opportunities, on everything from process instrumentation and cybersecurity best practices, in order to help professionals advance in their career while providing continued value to their employers and facilities. Click here to browse the ISA training opportunities.