• January 2019

    InTech Plus

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

     AI equipment health monitoring and prediction technology

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       By Stewart Chalmers and James Na

    AI-based equipment HMP creates a way to not only take the risk out of manufacturing, but also to reduce risk for all industrial manufacturers, including those in the electronics, energy, automotive, steel, and pharmaceutical sectors. Read more

     New Possibilities,
    New Experiences

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     Interstates Gains Efficiencies with Online Shop

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    Interstates wanted to streamline its specification and purchasing process. Endress+Hauser’s Online Shop helped simplify their process, providing a return on investment of one week of man hours and two-to-three hours per device type on each order.
    Download the full case study!

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    Automation War Stories--Lessons Learned from the Field

    Control valve noise estimating made easy

    By Hans D. Baumann, PhD, PE
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    Understanding and reducing noise from control valves is an important consideration for process facilities, especially those close to residential areas. After years of working with this issue, the author developed a simple, graphical method to estimate water noise. Read More

    Steam trap monitoring enables predictive maintenance

    By Tom Bass 
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    Boiler designs can be highly efficient, but this efficiency can be rapidly lost with a poor distribution system. Boiler design and efficiency factors have been the topic of countless articles, so here we will concentrate farther downstream and examine the distribution itself, especially steam traps. Read more

     Advanced Tools Simplify Instrument Maintenance

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    Some instrument vendors now offer capabilities and services to help users manage maintenance. Learn how Endress+Hauser’s new Field Xpert SMT70 helps simplify maintenance, lower costs, reduce parts inventories and prevent unexpected equipment failure.
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    Advances in Temperature Calibration Procedures

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    Calibration typically requires shutting down every six months or so to remove and replace an instrument. Recent developments in temperature sensor technology (TrustSens) now make it possible for a sensor to determine if it needs calibration.
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    Inside ISA


    Industrial Cybersecurity Experts from Government and Private Industry Explore Advances in Protecting Energy Sector from Cyberattack

    Leading industrial cybersecurity officials from government and private industry gathered in Houston in October to discuss new ways of countering the rising threats of cyberattack in the energy sector. Read more


    ISA’s 2018 Standards Awards Highlight Cybersecurity and Enterprise Integration

    Over the past year, the International Society of Automation (ISA) has published ten new consensus standards and technical reports that improve the safety, cybersecurity and efficiency of industrial processes. Prominent among these are several additions to ISA's widely used international standards on industrial automation and control systems cybersecurity and enterprise-control system integration. Read more

    Take a Quick Survey and Test Your Knowledge!

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    What topic most interests you heading into 2019?

    A. Industrial Internet of Things

    B. Cybersecurity

    C. Predictive Maintenance

    D. Smart Manufacturing

    Click here to respond 

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

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    lies when it's alive, 
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    FDT Technology for Smart Instrumentation Information Monitoring and Asset Management

    By Glenn Schulz
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    Device configuration and commissioning tasks are traditionally time consuming, tedious, manual, and prone to errors. Yet, they are vital for the reliability and safety of an industrial facility. One Canadian company streamlined plant startup and safety procedures with smart instrumentation information monitoring and asset management solutions. 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