• October 2018

    InTech Plus

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

     Troubleshooting: A Valuable Skill

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       By Bill Lydon

    Troubleshooting control and automation systems is a fundamental skill that is valuable throughout your career, and the techniques and experience are transferable to all types of problems in other areas. Read more

     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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     Transforming Industrial Process Data into Actions

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    Collecting a wide variety of data from many different sources is not valuable unless useful insights can be gained from the data. This report explains how one operator investigated time-series data to reduce losses.
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    Automation War Stories--Lessons Learned from the Field

    User-created function blocks increase productivity

    By Bill Lydon

    One of the most powerful capabilities of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) that conform to the IEC 61131-3 standard is the functionality that allows application engineers to create function blocks that can be reused with confidence, increasing project efficiency and quality. Read More

    Alarm Management Life Cycle

    By Bridget Fitzpatrick  
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    Changes to raw materials and product specifications, debottlenecking, new environmental regulations, and plant trials may affect alarm management. It is important to understand that alarm management is a never-ending effort.  Read more

     Seeq is now available as a SaaS offering on Microsoft Azure

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    Seeq Corporation's advanced analytics solutions are now available via software as a service (SaaS) on Microsoft Azure. Seeq enables process manufacturing organizations to rapidly analyze, predict, and share insights to improve production outcomes.
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     Video: Seeq Analytics Software Overview

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    In this 2-minute video, discover how Seeq users get faster time to insight from their industrial process data on scenarios such as production yield optimization, asset monitoring and performance, and remote operations to improve bottom line results.
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    Inside ISA

      ISA ANNOUNCES

    Celebrating the Life of David Bishop – Past ISA President


    David Nolan Bishop, born January 14, 1940, passed away September 19, 2018 at the age of 78. He was a member of ISA from 1971 until 2018 and served as International Society President 1991-1992. Read more

     ISA SALUTES

    New ISA/IEC Standard Specifies Cybersecurity Capabilities for Control System Components


    The ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards, developed by the ISA99 committee as American National Standards and adopted globally by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), is designed to provide a flexible framework to address and mitigate current and future security vulnerabilities in industrial automation and control systems (IACS). Read more

    Test Your Knowledge! ISA Certification Review

    CCST Quiz

    When working with an instrument air system, the _________ of the air is a critical measurement and is dealt with in the ANSI/ISA 7.0 standard.

    A. pressure

    B. dew point temperature

    C. source humidity

    D. molecular weight

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

    CAP Quiz

    The majority of control and safety system accidents are due to errors in what?

    A. Incorrect and incomplete specifications

    B. Installation and commissioning

    C. Operations & maintenance

    D. Changes after commissioning

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    Guided Wave Radar for Inventory Tank Gauging

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    There are different level measurement options for inventory tank gauging. Cost, schedule, and other challenges affect the final technology selection. 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