May 2nd Edition

May 22, 2020

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

Bayesian analysis improves functional safety

By Paul Gruhn, PE, CFSE

Accidents are typically the result of steady and slow normalization of deviation Bayes’ theorem can be used to update our prior belief (the initial calculated failure probability) based on observing other evidence—such as the effectiveness of the facility’s process safety management process. The results can be dramatic.Read more

Damage Prevention through Online Monitoring

A utilities organization needed a way to detect negative events ahead of current detection methods in an effort to prevent damage. By leveraging live and historical data with an online monitoring tool, they could stay one step ahead.
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The Advantages of Analytics

Cement producers must increase profitability while adhering to quality and environmental regulations. Advanced analytics software can be used to create insights from the time-series data stored in process historians and other databases.
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How has ISA changed your professional life?

By Renee Bassett

This year marks the 75th anniversary of ISA—formerly the Instrument Society of America. Even if you’ve never been a member, ISA has likely been a part of your professional life. So, this is the year to tell your story and listen to the stories of others. What do you remember about the people you met, or the lessons learned? Read More

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. 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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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 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


ISA publishes third edition of Start-Up: A Technician’s Guide


The International Society of Automation (ISA) announced the third edition release of Start-Up: A Technician’s Guide, a best-practice handbook to help control system technicians meet the high-pressure demands and fast-emerging challenges of getting new plants and new plant systems up and running. Read more


Start with risk assessment to enhance safety

By John Ritter

It is always a good idea to perform a proper risk assessment before installing or upgrading new equipment. Understanding all of the possible dangers associated with new operations can help a facility protect against hazards before an accident occurs. Read more

InTech Plus Brain Teaser


There is a word in the English language in which the first two letters signify a male, the first three letters signify a female, the first four signify a great man, and the whole word, a great woman. What is the word?

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Integrated or separate safety systems


By Larry Reynolds

Just as designers must evaluate features when selecting an automation platform, they also need to consider safety system options. The purpose of a safety system is to bring a machine to a safe state as quickly as possible if a safety sensor is triggered by personnel or equipment conditions, or an emergency stop pushbutton. 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.