AutoQuiz: What is Tree Topology in Fieldbus?

AutoQuiz: What is Tree Topology in Fieldbus?

AutoQuiz is edited by Joel Don, ISA’s social media community manager.   Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Automation Professional (CAP) certification program. ISA CAP certification provides a non-biased, third-party,...
New Integration Architectures for Federated Systems

New Integration Architectures for Federated Systems

This guest blog post was written by Dennis Brandl, chief consultant for BR&L Consulting, specializing in manufacturing IT and flexible manufacturing solutions.   Most manufacturing environments are federated systems. In manufacturing, the term federation...

Are Smart Devices in a Plant Your Most Valuable Assets?

This guest blog post is authored by Ian Verhappen, an automation industry consultant and chairman of the ISA103 Standards Committee for the FDT Group. Think of the usefulness of the diagnostics in your automobile: Few of us know or even care about the hundreds of...

How to Build a Successful Project Team in the Automation Industry

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is  Tip #46. Study after study has shown that human perception quickly turns into reality. If a class...
Loose and Tight Systems

Loose and Tight Systems

This is an excerpt from the July/August 2012 InTech Web Exclusive feature by John Rinaldi. For the entire article, please see the link at the bottom of this post. There is a lot of talk today about the integration of the “enterprise” and the “factory floor.” I have...

The Reliability of Wireless Mesh Networks in Industrial Environments

This is an abstract that will be presented at ISA Automation Week 2012 in Orlando, Florida. Click HERE for information on ISA Automation Week 2012. Wireless Track:  Using Wireless e-Tablet/iPod/iPhone Technology Presenter/Author: Mr. Brian Cunningham, Cooper Bussmann...

ISA’s new awards program

This is an excerpt from the March 2012 ISA Insights member newsletter. For the entire article, please see the link at the bottom of this post. In case you haven’t heard, the Society has a new honors and awards program—“Celebrating Excellence.” Thanks to a special task...
Uninterruptible Power Supply Technology and Cybersecurity

Uninterruptible Power Supply Technology and Cybersecurity

This post was written by Michael A. Stout, vice president of engineering at Irwindale, Calif.-based Falcon Electric, Inc. The recent number of cyber-attacks and their level of sophistication have demonstrated the inadequate network security measures employed by many...
Making Sense of Micro Electro Mechanical Systems or MEMS

Making Sense of Micro Electro Mechanical Systems or MEMS

This is an excerpt from a November/December 2011 InTech magazine feature article on MEMS by Jesse Bonfeld. He is vice president of business development for Sherborne Sensors and manages the company’s activities in North America. Micro Electro Mechanical Systems...
How Much Is Plant  or Facility Downtime Costing You?

How Much Is Plant or Facility Downtime Costing You?

This article was written by Dave Crumrine and Doug Post, of Interstates.   Downtime costs every factory at least 5% of its productive capacity, and many lose up to 20%. But an estimated 80% of industrial facilities are unable to accurately estimate their total...

Using Social Media to Your Advantage

Presented by Jon DiPietro at ISA Automation Week 2011 Your resume can be hundreds of pages long but weigh nothing. You can speak to several thousand people every day without ever opening your mouth. You can read hundreds of important news stories every day without...
Automation Founders Circle: Klein earns Arnold O. Beckman Award

Automation Founders Circle: Klein earns Arnold O. Beckman Award

This article is an excerpt from the InTech magazine article, “Sonar advances, underwater discoveries earn Klein ISA Beckman Award” by Jim Strothman. To read the full article, see the link at the bottom of this post. ISA will honor Martin Klein by presenting him with...

Automation Week Keynoter talks real-time optimization

If real-time optimization has been around for the past 30 years, why aren’t more oil and chemical companies reaping its rewards? Charlie Cutler, president of Cutler Technology in San Antonio, Tex., examines this phenomenon during his keynote speech at next...

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