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The Autonomous Workplace: Robotics Developers Focus on Safety

A new wave of automation is building, and it will affect (almost) everything. Robotic technology was once limited to operating behind light curtains, cages, and doors. Now, mobile robots are breaking away from these traditional confines to appear in dynamic, peopled environments like offices, health-care facilities, classrooms, factory floors, agriculture, and distribution centers. The convergence […]

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How to Solve Common Problems with Industrial Alarm Systems

If you work in a plant that processes oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, power, water, wastewater, or food, you probably have problems with alarms on the automation system. In fact, you probably have the same problems that most other users have. The bad news is that it turns out that the common problems of alarm management are […]

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How ISA and Automation Federation Leadership Helped Secure Industrial Control Systems

Technical leaders had the foresight to create the ISA99 standards committee back in 2002. They recognized the need for cybersecurity standards in areas outside of the traditional information technology (IT), national security, and critical infrastructure areas of concentration at the time. In the following years, a number of ISA99 committee members spent time and effort […]

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How to Close the Operator Competency Gap in Process Industries

Developing and maintaining competent process operators is critical to business performance in the process industries. This blog post, the second part in a two part series, looks at operator competency. In the first post I focused on four signal classes that are leading and lagging indicators of potential competency gaps in process operators. In this […]

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Building on ISA’s Financial and Operational Success

I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve as ISA President for 2017. ISA is an organization with a long and distinguished history of providing value to our members and to the automation community at large. I’ve benefitted greatly through my ISA membership and leadership experiences. In large part, that’s why I sought this opportunity. […]

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ISA Training and Education: First Quarter 2017

This education and training roundup covers the first quarter of 2017 and includes new courses offered by ISA Europe. Automation and control training from ISA is developed and taught by industry experts with real-world experience. Students receive comprehensive and practical instruction designed to deliver knowledge and skills that can be immediately applied in the workplace. […]

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How to Leverage Profibus and Profinet for Troubleshooting and Preventing Downtime

One of the strengths of fieldbuses and industrial Ethernet protocols in general, and Profibus and Profinet in particular, is the diagnostic information. This diagnostic information can prevent downtime and accelerate troubleshooting. First, an explanation of the technologies: Profibus and Profinet International (PI) created, support, and maintain the Profibus and Profinet standards. Both specifications are part […]

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Is the Internet of Things Creating Unfocused Urgency to Monitor Everything?

Business analysts, industry consultants, venture capitalists, and major vendors are forecasting enormous Internet of Things (IoT) growth with estimates of massive numbers of sensors being deployed to instrument everything. Executive management at companies are being bombarded with an overwhelming message: if they do not invest in the adoption of IoT technologies, their competitors will dramatically […]

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