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    August 2019

    InTech Plus

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

     Digitize and Optimize Preventive Maintenance for Process Instrumentation

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       By Fawaz AlSahan, CAP, SCE

    Maintenance can be made more efficient, helping make operations more efficient and profitable, by leveraging new digital technologies. Conventional time-based preventive maintenance (PM) is widely used throughout industry but has shortcomings that can be overcome with smart sensors and analytics (digital transformation). Read more

     Fluke 810 Vibration Tester: When You Need an Answer Now

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    Control unplanned downtime, prevent recurring problems, set repair priorities and manage your resources with an entirely new approach to vibration testing.
    Find it and more at Digi-Key

    *By clicking on the sponsor link above, you agree that your contact information will be shared with Digi-Key.

     Fluke 805 FC Vibration Meter

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    Use the most reliable vibration screening device available to make go or no-go maintenance decisions. It’s built for frontline mechanical troubleshooting teams that need repeatable, severity-scaled readings of overall vibration and bearing condition.
    Find it and more at Digi-Key

    *By clicking on the sponsor link above, you agree that your contact information will be shared with Digi-Key.

    Automation War Stories--Lessons Learned from the Field

    Key Performance Metrics and Indicators Survey Highlights Industry Issues

    By Larry O’Brien
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    In the process industries, historical downtime information has been passed on and accepted as truth. In ARC's view, many of these statistics do not represent a realistic view of the industry today. For example, the true impact of unplanned downtime on revenue and profitability has been vastly underestimated. Read More

    Building Reliable Visualization and Control for Industrial Edge Applications

    By Jason Andersen 
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    Today’s automation experts are discovering that moving visualization and control functionality toward the industrial “edge” is helping them achieve better operations and improved maintainability, among other benefits. This article examines why it is compelling to use thin clients at the industrial edge for improving visualization and control. Read more

     Fluke 729 FC Automatic Pressure Calibrators

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    Calibrating pressure is time-consuming, but these 729 models make it easier than ever with an internal electric pump that provides automatic pressure generation and regulation in an in an easy-to-use, rugged, portable package.
    Find it and more info now at Digi-Key

    *By clicking on the sponsor link above, you agree that your contact information will be shared with Digi-Key.

    Simplify the Way You Troubleshoot Motor Drives.

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    The New Fluke MDA-510 and MDA 550 Motor Drive Analyzers. Guided testing. Less setup. More answers.
    Find it and more info now at Digi-Key

    *By clicking on the sponsor link above, you agree that your contact information will be shared with Digi-Key.

    Inside ISA

      ISA GLOBAL SECURITY ALLIANCE

    New ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance Accelerates Education, Readiness, and Knowledge Sharing


    The International Society of Automation (ISA), developer of ANSI/ISA 62443 series of automation and control systems cybersecurity standards (adopted by the International Electrotechnical Commission and endorsed by the United Nations), has created an open, collaborative forum to advance cybersecurity awareness, readiness, and knowledge sharing. Read more

     NEW ISA BOOK

    New ISA Book Introduces a New Way to Protect Against Industrial Cyberattack


    With their advanced, microprocessor-based technologies, today's industrial automation and control systems (IACS) deliver much-improved performance and features compared to their analog counterparts. Read more

    Test Your Knowledge! ISA Certification Review

    CCST Quiz

    A magnetic flow meter determines the flow of a process material by measuring the _____ of the fluid.

    A. velocity

    B. density

    C. volume

    D. temperature

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

    CAP Quiz

    Which portion of the PFD calculation is usually the least significant (i.e., has the least impact)?

    A. The dangerous automatically detected portion

    B. The dangerous manually detected portion

    C. The dangerous never detected portion

    D. The common cause portion

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    Improving Maintenance by Adopting a P-F Curve Methodology

    By Kevin Clark, CMRP

    The P-F curve is a way of representing an asset’s behavior or condition before it has reached a failed state. It illustrates an asset’s progression toward failure. On the chart, the x-axis represents the time to failure, starting with an asset’s installation, and the y-axis represents an asset or component’s resistance to failure. 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