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    September 2019

    InTech Plus

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

     Device management made more efficient

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       By Robert Glaser

    How often have you—or should you—ask whether the software version running on a device is the same as the latest released version on the server? Only with the right kind of data management system—giving you more certainty, safety, and security—is it possible to answer this question. Read more

     Understanding the Importance of Downtime Reporting

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    Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is not a new topic. We need to take a new look at this classic metric to get relief from years of misery mired in spreadsheets investigating downtime issues and gain massive savings from insights uncovered.
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     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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    Automation War Stories--Lessons Learned from the Field

    Passionate problem-solver empowers future women of STEM

    By Renee Bassett
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    A passion for continuous improvement and a desire to give back drives one chemical engineer, Six Sigma blackbelt, and mom to mentor girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers like her own. The result is rewards that keep coming, personally and professionally. Read More

     Benefits of incorporating predictive analytics into manufacturing processes

    By Jeff Ralyea 
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    As manufacturers continue to digitize their operations and adopt more technology, the amount of data they will access will inevitably increase. Manufacturers may struggle to know which data is actually useful. By incorporating predictive analytics tools in concert with an enterprise software solution, like enterprise resource planning (ERP), manufacturers create opportunities to make more informed, strategic data-based decisions. 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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    Spreadsheets weren’t designed for process data

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    Time series data analysis poses unique challenges. Seeq advanced analytics enable you to find and share insights to improve production results. Root cause, monitoring, and predictive analytics, as well as reporting, are all supported.
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    Inside ISA


    ISA Announces First Founding Members of Global Cybersecurity Alliance

    The International Society of Automation (ISA) announced today the first Founding Members of its new Global Cybersecurity Alliance (GCA): Schneider Electric, Rockwell Automation, Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Claroty, and Nozomi Networks. Read more


    ISA’s 2019 Process Industry Conference to focus on the latest automation and manufacturing technologies

    The best and brightest minds in the process industries will return to Houston this fall to present solutions to the most pressing challenges in energy processing and process manufacturing.Read more

    Test Your Knowledge! ISA Certification Review

    CCST Quiz

    In a 24 VDC open-collector output sinking configuration, which of the following could occur?

    A. Configuration increases the risk of electrostatic discharge (ESD) from static electricity

    B. Short circuit from load device to ground can cause unintended actuation.

    C. The triac could remain on when the current (but not voltage) is zero unless a snubber network is used.

    D. Inductive devices such as motors can generate back EMF when turned on.

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

    CAP Quiz

    An example of a load that would require a constant horsepower/variable torque motor is _______________.

    A. Paper roll machine

    B. Clock

    C. Fan

    D. Conveyor

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    5 Key Factors to a Successful Migration Project

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    By Lee Swindler

    Whether small or large, migration projects require an enormous amount of work and the risks can be high without the right team of experts and proper planning. So, prior to starting a migration project, what key factors should you consider?  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