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.

 At your service: Industrial ops in the cloud


   By Matthew Littlefield

Given the ease of installation and updates, single version of the truth, multisite scalability, and other benefits of cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS) applications, industrial operations are finally embracing industrial transformation in a big way.Read more

 Advanced Analytics In The Cloud

Learn how Seeq assists process manufacturing customers to utilize cloud analytics, machine learning, and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Watch our webinar for additional insights on how Seeq users can take advantage of machine learning models.
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 Wind Farm utilizes time series data

Discover how Seeq enables wind farms to utilize time series data to save money and time. Check out this case study on how Avangrid Renewables was able to benefit from our technology.

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75th Anniversary Snapshot: Thirty-nine years of professional development

By Dale Evely

Throughout my career, ISA allowed me to increase my technical knowledge and my leadership skills, expanded my technical and social network, and helped me to grow in other ways and become more widely known in my industry.Read More

Add remote monitoring to increase maintenance personnel productivity

By Bill Dehner 

The latest cloud-based options make building-in or adding-on remote connectivity a straightforward activity, helping maintenance personnel focus their efforts on keeping their manufacturing and production plants running.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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Energy Company 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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Inside ISA


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


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

From COVID-19 to cybersecurity: A tale of toilet paper and risk


By Steve Mustard

In the toilet paper versus community spread scenarios, the fear of running out of toilet paper is knowable, whereas there is still much uncertainty about the likelihood of contracting COVID-19, so once again people are failing to accurately measure risk. But the more you know about your risk, the less there is to fear. Read more

InTech Plus Brain Teaser



Q: When I take five and add six, I get eleven, but when I take six and add seven, I get one. What am I?

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The quest for the most magical algorithm


By Michael Risse

The challenges of machine learning and cognitive computing in the context of process manufacturing may be a poor forum for humor and irreverence. Then again, perhaps not: It often requires a sense of humor to express the challenges. 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.