• January 2019

    InTech Plus

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

     Transforming the process industry with Industry 4.0

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       By Stefan Zippel

    The Industry 4.0 transformation of the process industry is a journey to become innovative, flexible, data-driven, and agile organizations. The Industry 4.0 transformation of the process industry is a journey to become innovative, flexible, data-driven, and agile organizations. Read more

     Energy Company Transforms Data into Insights

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    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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     IIoT-Enabled Remote Monitoring Improves Performance

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    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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    Automation War Stories--Lessons Learned from the Field

    Systems integrators add to the success of automation projects

    By William Pollock, PE

    System integrators eliminate the stress and risk of putting project burdens on the plant staff and provide manufacturers with low-risk, successful applications of automation technology. Read More

    Wireless valve control

    By Shuji Yamamoto 
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    Although few engineers now hesitate to use wireless for monitoring purposes, wireless valve control has not enjoyed such success, often due to latency, along with the safety and reliability required for closed-loop systems. Read more

     Improving Data Quality Using Seeq & OSIsoft PI AF

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    Analytics for industrial plants is in high demand, but data quality can interfere with analysis. In this OSIsoft PI World Barcelona presentation, Brian Parsonnet of Seeq and Nathaniel Adebayo of OSIsoft demonstrate how to improve data quality.
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    Advanced Analytics for Process Manufacturing Data

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    You and your team can rapidly investigate and share insights from operations and manufacturing data sources to improve production outcomes. Historian data is easily integrated to find insights that enable continuous improvement.
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    Inside ISA

      2019 ISA SOCIETY PRESIDENT

    ISA welcomes Paul Gruhn as its 2019 Society President


    The International Society of Automation (ISA) announced that Paul Gruhn, PE, CFSE, and ISA Life Fellow, is its 2019 Society President. Read more

     UNITED NATIONS INTEGRATES ISA STANDARDS

    United Nations commission to integrate ISA standards into cybersecurity regulatory framework


    The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has confirmed it will integrate the widely used ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards into its forthcoming Common Regulatory Framework on Cybersecurity (CRF). The CRF will serve as an official UN policy position statement for Europe. Read more

    Test Your Knowledge! ISA Certification Review

    CCST Quiz

    The purpose of an intrinsic safety barrier is to:

    A. provide a physical obstruction between the hazardous and nonhazardous areas. 

    B. establish a central grounding point in the hazardous area.

    C. prevent excess voltage or current from reaching the hazardous area.

    D. increase the resistance in the circuit to reduce the risk of explosion.

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

    CAP Quiz

    If a denial of service attack (DoS) shuts down an industrial network, which basic security property is affected?

    A. Usability

    B. Availability

    C. Integrity

    D. Reliability

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    Global megatrends driving manufacturing digital transformation

    By Keith Chambers
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    When designing software systems for manufacturers, there is a temptation to create a number of point solutions to deal with specific problems. Although this type of “bottom-up” model may temporarily fix each issue, there is often a lack of coherence among the solutions, with no clear path to overall business performance, and no vision for the future. 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