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ISA technical symposia successes and spreading the word about ISA Automation Week 2013

While summer is just now warming up, ISA’s season of conferences and events is well on its way to another sizzling success. To date, ISA has conducted five of the seven technical division symposia scheduled for the year: the 58th Analysis Division Symposium in April; the 59th International Instrumentation Symposium and MFPT 2013 in mid-May; […]

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Implementing security for industrial automation systems (Part 2)

In the previous blog post, I reviewed areas of industrial control systems that have to be protected and the kinds of threats experienced in the automation industry.  Measures that can be implemented to safeguard industrial control systems have been categorized in the National Institute of Science and Technology Guide to Industrial Control Systems Security (NIST […]

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Considerations for Selecting A Controller- or Server-Based Batch Sequencer

Selecting the right solution when designing your batch-sequencing system saves valuable design time and validation effort and simplifies maintenance When designing a batch system, engineers often select the control solution based on the size of a system and not the complexity of its procedures. It is traditionally thought that small batch systems require a controller-based […]

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101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career

Tip #20: Spend the Money to Individually Fuse I/O with Indicating Fuse Blocks

I recently encountered a control cabinet on a client’s site that had 50 valve-limit switches wired to a single breaker. If any of the 50 shorted, the entire group tripped off line. Between this installation and several others like it, the technicians often spent hours and even days trying to track down a single field […]

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Implementing security for industrial automation systems (Part 1)

Implementing security for industrial automation and control systems requires the identification of areas that have to be protected and the threats to which they might be exposed. The areas that require protection can be viewed from both the macro and micro level. For example, at the macro level, entities such as power plants, pipelines, refineries, […]

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ISA Training and Education in June: Learn, Advance, Succeed

June training and education opportunities cover a wide range of topics and professional preparation classes, including boiler room safety, CCST and Control Systems Engineer Professional Engineer exam review, business-to-MES integration, batch control and SIL verification.  In addition, throughout June the ISA Houston Section will host ISA’s Technical Training Camp, an intensive educational experience designed to […]

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101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career

Tip #76: Use Checklists to Cover All the Bases

The information needed to successfully select and install instruments is spread out in articles, books, handbooks, papers, and vendor catalogs and in knowledgeable individuals who do not have the time or incentive to publish. Articles and papers tend to focus on success stories, with few details. The articles are designed more to sell than to […]

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Need Automation Workers? Who You Gonna Call?

Everybody’s talking about the lack of qualified automation professionals – “autopros” as I have referred to these fine folks in previous blogs – to meet the needs of process manufacturers starving for employees. Everybody’s talking about it, but some are doing something about it.  Here at ISA, we do both.  Talking is my forte (ask […]

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ISA Develops Cybersecurity Resource Guide

Industrial control systems are often responsible for the monitoring and management of critical assets such as power generating facilities, water and wastewater treatment plants and transportation networks. Control systems in many industries have to remain operational 24/7 to meet operational and regulatory requirements. To address the increasing interest in securing private industry and public infrastructure, […]

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