• May 2019

    InTech Plus

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

     Cybersecurity Insights

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       By Bill Lydon

    Many emerging Internet of Things (IoT) and communications technologies offer greater connectivity, but they make the cyber landscape more complex. Read more

     See the Unseen with Fixed Thermal Imaging

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    Your process automation system is unique and finding the right tools to improve it can be a challenge. Learn how fixed thermal imaging allows you to take control of your process to improve quality, efficiency, and safety.
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     FAQ: Everything You Need to Know About IR Sensors

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    How critical is focusing the IR instrument? What is the smallest target IR sensors can measure? How does distance to target affect IR sensors? Find yourself stumped? Read on to learn the answer to these questions and more about IR sensors.
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    Automation War Stories--Lessons Learned from the Field

    Machine Automation Basics

    By Chip McDaniel

    This article shows how machine builders and vendors can work together to deliver the automation systems demanded, and how to successfully integrate the multiple power and control subsystems and components. Read More

    New ISA/IEC 62443 standard specifies security capabilities for control system components

    By Eliana Brazda, ISA 
      

    The ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards, developed by the ISA99 committee and adopted by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), provides a flexible framework to address and mitigate current and future security vulnerabilities in industrial automation and control systems (IACSs). Read more

     How to Instantly Receive Pass/Fail Product Results

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    Testing every single product to satisfy quality requirements can quickly become a long, costly process. Learn how you can avoid redundant testing procedures and receive test results instantly with fixed thermal imaging.
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    IIoT-Enabled Sensors Improve Your Control

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    If your facility is already utilizing Industry 4.0, upgrading older infrared pyrometers to IIoT-enabled sensors allows your team to benefit from features such as lower installation costs, better reliability, and better control.
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    Inside ISA

      ISA APPEAL IS UPHELD BY UL PANEL

    UL panel upholds ISA appeal of UL cybersecurity standard


    An appeals panel formed by Underwriters Laboratories has ruled in favor of the International Society of Automation (ISA) in an appeal against UL 2900-2-2, Standard for Software Cybersecurity for Network-Connectable Devices, Part 2-2: Particular Requirements for Industrial Control Systems. UL was seeking approval of the document as an American National Standard, but ISA's successful appeal prevents that status at this time. Read more

     ISA DELIVERS TRAINING & SUPPORT

    ISA Delivers On-site Industrial Cybersecurity Training and Technical Support at US Army National Guard exercise


    The International Society of Automation (ISA) in April provided operational technology (OT) training in support of the US Army National Guard's national cyber-operations exercise, Cyber Shield. Read more

    Take a Quick Survey and Test Your Knowledge!

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    What is the most important aspect of cybersecurity in your opinion?

    A. Technology

    B.Teamwork

    C. Leadership

    D.Communication

    E. Other

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

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    Riddle:

    Two girls were born to the same mother,
    on the same day, at the same time,
    in the same month and year
    and yet they're not twins.
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    Can Stronger Cybersecurity Collaboration Help Us “Future-proof” Connectivity?

    By Gary Williams, Schneider Electric

    If we are going to effectively leverage connectivity while continuously protecting our most critical operations from cyberthreats, we must unite to reexamine, develop, and reinforce best practices, policies, and procedures. The time is now. 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