• April 2019

    InTech Plus

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

     Applying alarm management

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       By Joseph Alford, Bridget Fitzpatrick,
       Doug Metzger, and Graham Nasby

    This article highlights three alarm management technical reports that have been published: ISA-TR18.2.4, Advanced and Enhanced Alarm Methods, ISA-TR18.2.6, Alarm Design for Batch and Discrete Processes, and ISA-TR18.2.7, Applying Alarm Management when Utilizing Packaged Systems. Read more

     Leveraging IIoT to Reduce
    Unplanned Downtime

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     Energy Company Transforms Data
    into Insights

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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

    Why Automation Slept

    By Paul J. Galeski, PE, CAP

    The technologies and consulting expertise are available to help our sleeping giants unleash their untapped production potential. The time is now for process industries to get more competitive, stay agile, and ensure their sustainability. Read More

    Alarm Management Life Cycle

    By Bridget Fitzpatrick 
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    End users and suppliers are overwhelmed with all these new innovations and are sorting out what makes sense to leverage from a business value perspective to maximize their effectiveness in daily production operations. Collaboration between the OPC Foundation and a wide range of other industry organizations is bringing clarity. Read more

     Get More Value from Your OSIsoft PI Data

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    Rapidly investigate and share insights with OSIsoft and Seeq. Search your data, add context, cleanse, model, find patterns, establish boundaries, monitor assets, collaborate in real time, and interact with time series data like never before.
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    Finally, Analytics Dedicated to Process Data

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    Inside ISA


    ISA Director of Strategic Initiatives Marty Edwards is awarded SANS Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Lifetime Achievement Award

    This week at the SANS ICS Security Summit ISA's Director of Strategic Initiatives, Marty Edwards was honored by his peers in the ICS security community with the SANS ICS Lifetime Achievement Award. Read more


    New ISA book advances the role of situation management in industrial control room operations

    The International Society of Automation (ISA) today announces the publication of Situation Management for Process Control, a new book that is intended to unify industry understanding of how to deliver real value to control room operations. Read more

    Take a Quick Survey and Test Your Knowledge!

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    A 12-volt battery rated to produce 2 amps of current for 30 hours is connected to a 400 ohm load. How long should the battery remain an energy producing capability?:

    A. 2 hours

    B. 100 hours

    C. 1500 hours

    D. 2000 hours

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    At the Intersection of Alarms and Safety Systems

    By Lee Swindler, PMP, Ron Carlton, and Richard Slaugenhaupt
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    Facilities and process units often handle very dangerous products with serious potential hazards. Handling them well requires discipline to avoid conditions that could cause an incident. 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