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March 2020

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

Applying data science to hazard analysis

By Edward M. Marszal

This article discusses the use of standardized data structures that are already revolutionizing PHA documentation. Extending these standardized data structures will allow the development of tools that can display a single set of data as a HAZOP worksheet, LOPA worksheet, or bow-tie diagram.Read more

Asset Monitoring with Advanced Analytics

In process industries, engineers are tasked with optimizing operations. Discover how Seeq eliminates the need for this manual work and enables engineers to monitor asset performance quickly and efficiently to find insights and improve processes.
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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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Gruhn speaks on safety, HMIs, more

By Renee Bassett

As a global functional safety consultant with aeSolutions, a process control and process safety consulting, engineering, and integration services company based in Greenville, S.C., Gruhn has gained extensive experience consulting with sites around the world. Read More

Integrated or separate safety systems?

By Larry Reynolds

For safety designs, there are three main approaches that are progressively more complex, capable, and costly. When designers complete a risk assessment and look at the cost versus performance options, they can determine the appropriate solution. 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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Spreadsheets weren’t designed for process data.

Time series data analysis poses unique challenges. Seeq advanced analytics enable you to find and share insights to improve production results. Root cause, monitoring, and predictive analytics, as well as reporting, are all supported.

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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


New ISA book outlines a pathway to improved plant floor productivity, efficiency


By describing the implementation and use of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) through an operations-focused approach, a new ISA book aims to help manufacturing engineers improve plant floor efficiency, quality, and productivity. Read more

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InTech Plus Brain Teaser


This object has holes in its top and bottom.

It also has holes on its sides and bottom,

not only that it is riddled with holes in the middle.

Despite this, it can still hold water. What is it?

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Completely automate and eliminate operators?


By Bill Lydon

By applying ISA 106, a single process plant, a complete facility, or even an entire company can achieve significant improvements in operational efficiency and safety. 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.