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 describes...
Book Excerpt + Author Q&A: Automation Network Selection

Book Excerpt + Author Q&A: Automation Network Selection

This ISA author Q&A was edited by Joel Don, ISA’s community manager. The third edition of Automation Network Selection: A Reference Manual can help you make better decisions about the selection of equipment and communications networks. The book is authored by...

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 article was written by Jesse Bonfeld, business development executive with Sandia National Laboratories and formerly vice president of business development for Sherborne Sensors. Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) describe a type of device or sensor as well...
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...

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