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Andy Chatha

IT as Enabler for Enterprise Value Networks

Andy Chatha, president and CEO at ARC Advisory Group, has over 30 years experience in enterprise applications and automation as an executive advisor, market analyst, project manager, and software engineer. He was interviewed for the May/June 2011 InTech magazine “Executive Corner” column. Excerpt from Chatha’s “Executive Corner”: As I mentioned in my opening remarks at […]

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ISA Standards Gurus Get Global Kudos

ISA Standards gurus Ted Schnaare and Steve Brown were among the 15 US National Committee (USNC) experts who received the prestigious International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 1906 Award for 2011. Schnaare’s contributions boost process efficiency as he convenes IEC TC31/WG30, Equipment processing sealing; provides significant input for the intrinsic safety standards; and records Maintenance Team 60079-11 […]

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Certifications and Economic Development

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 […]

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How Stuxnet Spreads

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 […]

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Control Valves in Process Safety Applications

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. […]

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