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Is There Enough Focus on Cybersecurity for Municipal Infrastructure?

The volumes of information written about cybersecurity can be mind-boggling. The subject has important implications for everyone, especially for those of us involved with industrial control systems and software-based automation of water, sewer and electric systems. Legacy control systems have always been vulnerable because they weren’t designed with cyber attacks in mind. They were designed […]

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AutoQuiz: What Ladder Logic Symbol Represents a Logically True Condition for a Discrete PLC Input?

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from ISA’s new course, PLC Fundamentals for the Technical Professional. The next class starts Nov. 9. This course focuses on the role the programmable logic controller plays in the design of a control system and how proper selection, installation and maintenance can reduce operating costs and improve performance. It provides […]

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AutoQuiz: What Ladder Logic Symbol is Used to Identify a Discrete Output?

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from ISA’s new course, PLC Fundamentals for the Technical Professional. The next class starts Nov. 9. This course focuses on the role the programmable logic controller plays in the design of a control system and how proper selection, installation and maintenance can reduce operating costs and improve performance. It provides […]

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Q&A with Co-Author of ISA Book The Tao of Measurement Plus Sample Chapter

Q. Why do you believe the book is a “must-read” for all those involved in instrumentation or process control? A. This book provides indispensable information for anyone involved in instrumentation or process control. It explains the principles of operation pertaining to all the main types of temperature sensors, pressure sensors and transmitters, and flowmeters. It […]

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AutoQuiz: What is the “AND” Gate Equivalency in an Electronic Circuit?

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from ISA’s new course, PLC Fundamentals for the Technical Professional. The next class starts Nov. 9. This course focuses on the role the programmable logic controller plays in the design of a control system and how proper selection, installation and maintenance can reduce operating costs and improve performance. It provides […]

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The Unsung Hero of Eliminating Unplanned Downtime: HMI/SCADA

We are in the midst of a massive paradigm shift in the manufacturing industry. The explosion of data and the expansion of connected systems are forcing organizations to take a proactive role in managing their operations. In turn, the HMI/SCADA landscape is changing as well. Organizations must increase their operator effectiveness by mobilizing to improve […]

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