February 2020

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February 2020

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

Cobots and workers: Better together

By Joe Campbell

Cobots do not come to work tired or sick; they always do as they are told without complaint—including performing every safety check; and they are not affected by repetitive and potentially dangerous tasks like machine tending, welding, and assembly. By combining productivity and quality gains with safer workplaces, cobots will be an important component in the solution to the manufacturing labor gap today and tomorrow.Read more

Leveraging IIoT to Reduce Unplanned Downtime

In the process industry, one of the most important, yet often overlooked assets, are control valves. Without reliable control valve operation, most processes quickly become uncontrollable leading to unplanned downtime.
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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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Is the current attention to cybersecurity justified?

By Steve Mustard

We need to do a better job of quantifying the cybersecurity risk to industry so that it is properly managed. There is no need for hype, but, at the same time, we should not underestimate it. For organizations, it is not a matter of if they will be impacted by a cyberattack, but when. Read More

Digitalization and decision making

By Bill Lydon

The huge flow of new technology driven by commercial products and the Internet of Things (IoT) is creating significant opportunities for automation professionals to improve manufacturing and process.Read more

Advanced Analytics for the Chemical Industry

Challenge: Chemical-production facilities know that evolution and agility are the keys to success. Change requires collaborative, rapid insights into the data and systems that impact production efficiency and, therefore, bottom-line results.
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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.
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Inside ISA


ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance Kicks Off 2020 with Priority Projects and Expanded Membership


The ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance begins the new year with several priority projects underway and an expanded group of companies and organizations as members. Read more


ISA book introduces an inexpensive, easy-to-understand way to protect against industrial cyberattack


With their advanced, microprocessor-based technologies, today's industrial automation and control systems (IACS) deliver much-improved performance and features compared to their analog counterparts. Read more

Test Your Knowledge!

ISA Survey

Which term(s) do you associate with/experience in your typical workday?



Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Remote Monitoring

Predictive Maintenance

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

InTech Plus Brain Teaser


A hotel has 7 floors. There are 4 people on the ground floor

Each floor has 2 more people on it than the previous floor.

Which floor calls the elevator the most often?

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OPC UA: The United Nations of Automation


By Stephan Hoppe

OPC UA is a framework for industrial interoperability based on data models that provide a syntactical definition of information that can be communicated with virtually any communication methods, including modern industrial protocols, Ethernet, cellular, and wireless. Read more

ISA Events

The International Society of Automation has a compelling slate of events scheduled for 2020, delivering expert insights and industrial networking surrounding a number of crucial industry topics. From the 2020 ISA IIoT & Smart Manufacturing Conference in Texas to the 2020 ISA Analysis Division Symposium (AD) in California, ISA will span the country hosting opportunities for professionals to hear expert insights on the latest trends and share real world experiences with their colleagues and friends. Click here to browse the 2020 ISA event schedule.