Are Smart Devices in a Plant Your Most Valuable Assets?

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...

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...

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