When it comes to the most important aspects of efficient and effective plant operations, having proper physical security measures in place is still just as critical as the flow of raw materials, efficient process control, a competent workforce, and yes, cybersecurity measures. Like cybersecurity, the core concept of physical security is to detect and prevent […]
The Manufacturing Institute (MI) is expanding its certification partners by adding ISA CAP and CCST. ISA just signed an agreement with MI this month. MI is working with four pilot states (OH, WA, NC and TX), and four regions within those states, to integrate skill certifications and credentials into the fabric of workforce development I was […]
Did you know that the first spam in computer history was sent on May 3, 1978 by a Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) employee? Over 400 people received a promotional message sent via the company’s ARPANET network. Yes, email and spam and many of the other collaborative technologies used today are dated — pre-PC. In […]
This presentation was delivered at the 54th Annual ISA POWID Symposium by Lenny Shaver. It explores how using digital, radiometric infrared inspection for boilers recaptures lost capacity, increases efficiency, lowers maintenance costs and manages fuel-switching strategies.
The Stuxnet worm is a sophisticated piece of computer malware designed to sabotage industrial processes controlled by Siemens SIMATIC WinCC and PCS 7 control systems. The worm used both known and previously unknown vulnerabilities to install, infect and propagate, and was powerful enough to evade state-of-the-practice security technologies and procedures. Since its discovery, there has […]
This popular course offers a combination of practical information and hands-on experience, covering proper installation, calibration, and maintenance of electronic instruments. You will examine characteristics of electronic control systems; techniques for installing electronic instruments; and procedures for configuring and calibrating transmitters, transducers, and controllers. Approximately 40% of your time in this course is spent working […]
The need for standardization led the City of Guelph’s Water Services department in Canada to embark on a multi-year program to modernize and enhance its Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system using a standards-based approach. Starting with a comprehensive SCADA Master Plan, the city developed a set of SCADA standardization documents that were incorporated […]
This presentation was delivered at the 55th Annual Symposium of the Analysis Division by Prabhu Soundarrajan. It explains why solid-state hydrogen sensors enable new monitoring applications through both enhanced capability and reduced cost.
Convergence conjures up the powerful meaning behind the dawning of a new era where IT, Control, Automation and Communications come together as the silos break down. We now have the impetus to collaborate and new technologies will continue to emerge; however, do we have the culture of innovation to help our people succeed? The physics […]
Update: I received great news from Riyaz that the ISA Kuwait section has agreed to let us upload and link to their December 2009 newsletter containing Riyaz’s article, When is a Safety Integrity Level (SIL) Rating of a Valve Required? I’d like to thank the ISA Kuwait staff and encourage readers in this region to join and participate. […]