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,...
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 a...
Book Excerpt + Author Q&A: Industrial Ethernet

Book Excerpt + Author Q&A: Industrial Ethernet

This ISA author Q&A was edited by Joel Don, ISA’s community manager. The third edition of Industrial Ethernet: How to Plan, Install, and Maintain TCP/IP Ethernet Networks is the go-to guidebook for people who need to fully understand factory floor Ethernet and for...
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...
Book Excerpt + Author Q&A: Industrial Data Communications

Book Excerpt + Author Q&A: Industrial Data Communications

This ISA author Q&A was edited by Joel Don, ISA’s community manager. Industrial Data Communications, Fifth Edition is co-authored co-authored by Lawrence (Larry) M. Thompson and William T. (Tim) Shaw. In this Q&A feature, the authors provide important...

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

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, and was written by Hunter. Study after study has shown that human perception quickly turns...
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...

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