White Papers on Automation, Process Control & Instrumentation Topics 

Scheduling Data Collection with Kepware's New Scheduler Plug-In
February 20, 2015

Scheduling Data Collection with Kepware's New Scheduler Plug-In

By Aron Semle, KEPServerEX
This whitepaper discusses scheduling needs and how the Scheduler Plug-In for KEPServerEX addresses them.

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6 ways for energy, chemical and oil and gas companies to avert the workforce crisis
February 20, 2015

6 ways for energy, chemical and oil and gas companies to avert the workforce crisis

As many as half of the skilled workers in energy, chemical and oil & gas industries are quickly heading towards retirement — but not nearly enough new hires are available to replace them. This Trend Report takes a deep dive into the six things you can do to ensure that your company doesn’t crumble under the pressure — from establishing ongoing training programs, to investing in new technologies.

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Effective Compliance with IEC 61508 When Selecting Solenoid Valves for Safety Systems
February 05, 2015

Effective Compliance with IEC 61508 When Selecting Solenoid Valves for Safety Systems

Modifications in IEC 61508 regulations mean that industrial automation system designers and users must give new consideration to topics such as SIL levels and the transition from 1H to 2H methodologies. This paper reviews how these issues can impact the choice of solenoid valves and prepackaged redundant control systems (RCS) for implementation in a safety instrumented system (SIS), particularly in the oil, gas, chemical, and power industries. It also explains how making the right choices in planning and valve selection can affect design time, costs, and effort.

10 Reasons to use Off-Line Controls Testing for Your Next Automation Project
February 05, 2015

10 Reasons to use Off-Line Controls Testing for Your Next Automation Project

By Ian McGregor, Emulate3D
Compared with the traditional methods of testing, the benefits of virtual controls testing are both numerous and compelling.. A 3D environment creates the replica of the machine or material handling system being controlled, functionality to create realistic loads within the system, and connectivity to a wide range of types of control systems under test. This paper identifies ten major advantages to adopting a virtual approach for this phase of your next automation project

Choosing the Right Hardware for Prototyping
February 04, 2015

Choosing the Right Hardware for Prototyping

By Kat Dornian, Phidgets
When prototyping an idea, it’s important to choose components that will help prove the concept, allow the design to be evaluated and give a basis from which the final product can be derived. There are many options for hardware to use in prototypes, from the costly, proprietary packages to low-cost and open source options.

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Integrating Multigenerational Automation Systems
January 14, 2015

Integrating Multigenerational Automation Systems

By Chad Harper, Maverick Technologies
Process manufacturing plants are famous for their tendency to keep automation systems and associated networks up and running for decades. Getting an automation system that includes multigenerational and multivendor components to work together can be a challenge.

Calculating Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) [Free Template]
January 12, 2015

Calculating Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) [Free Template]

Does one shift perform consistently better than another? Does the machine perform notably better in the summer than the winter? In the end, tracking OEE on a machine is not a tool that is going to make a machine produce more or run better, but is instead a way to determine which of your tools are working and which ones are not.

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Safety Lifecycle Management Workbook
December 24, 2014

Safety Lifecycle Management Workbook

By Chuck Miller and Joanne M Salazar - Emerson Process Management
Ensuring safe operations is a critical issue facing today’s process manufacturers. Companies that do not plan and manage process operational risks face fines, production outages, equipment damage and worse. Download the workbook to gain a general understanding of existing industry standards and best practices for Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS).

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Stuxnet Proofing Shop Floors
December 17, 2014

Stuxnet Proofing Shop Floors

By Anand Richard, Indiana State University
The only successful way to evade hacking is to constantly change the way a networked system or computing components are used. Changing network architecture, usage policies and rationing internet connectivity to an absolute minimum and to an ad-hoc formula will make a hacker’s job more difficult.

Wireless monitoring and control of electric valve actuators
December 11, 2014

Wireless monitoring and control of electric valve actuators

By Marty Thomas, Rotork
Today’s typical valve actuators are intelligent and can provide information regarding torque loading changes that can be used for preventive maintenance purposes, and this information can be accessed and monitored wirelessly with ease and convenience.

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Boiler Damper Drives & Bearings Modernisation
December 11, 2014

Boiler Damper Drives & Bearings Modernisation

The challenge of modernising the instrumentation on an old utility boiler can be overwhelming, especially when the boiler was originally commissioned in 1964. This particular tangentially fired (“T-Fired”) power boiler hosts 12 Auxiliary Air dampers and 12 Fuel Air dampers, but the drives were failing in their performance and were simply worn out beyond their service life.

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Understanding Line Scan Camera Applications
December 08, 2014

Understanding Line Scan Camera Applications

By Teledyne Dalsa
Line scan technology is ideally suited to applications in which large, high-resolution, or high-speed image capture is needed, such as in a continuous web application—paper, textiles, metal, or glass tape, for example. Here’s how it works.

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Robust solution for frequent mating and demating
December 04, 2014

Robust solution for frequent mating and demating

By Heinz-Günther Spreen, Harting
White paper describes the Han HMC connector for devices, machines and systems that require connections for more than 10,000 mating cycles.

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The Real Benefits of RFID in Industry
December 04, 2014

The Real Benefits of RFID in Industry

By Adam Steele
Describes the potential applications of radio-frequency identification (RFID) in industry. An in-depth analysis of the technology, the report looks at how RFID can be used in logistics and manufacturing.

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Decrease your HMI/SCADA risk
December 04, 2014

Decrease your HMI/SCADA risk

By Bernard Cubizolles and Alicia Bowers, GE
Are you running your plant with serious risk? Most industrial applications lack recommended updates, which make them a target for hackers. Outdated architectures, backups and spares can also create problems. With the number of attacks rising and the critical need for system availability, take simple steps now to minimize risk.

Extracting HART Data from Smart Instruments
December 03, 2014

Extracting HART Data from Smart Instruments

By Moore Industries
Details how the use of a HART interface module can serve as a simple and cost-effective method for gathering HART information that can be used for monitoring instrument status, diagnostic data, alarms, calibration values and alert messages.

What You Need to Know Before Replacing Your Control System
December 02, 2014

What You Need to Know Before Replacing Your Control System

By Matt Signon, Maverick Technologies
As electric utilities consider replacing aging power plant control systems, there are many strategic questions to be examined early in the planning process. This white paper offers insights and actual case study examples to assist with upgrades.

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White Paper - Evolving HMI/SCADA Software to HTML5 Business Intelligence Dashboard
December 02, 2014

White Paper - Evolving HMI/SCADA Software to HTML5 Business Intelligence Dashboard

With HTML5 technology, HMI-SCADA allows users to create remote viewing screens compatible with most any tablet or smartphone, while dashboard tools speed creation of summary screens.

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Motor Oversizing: Does it do more harm than good?
November 26, 2014

Motor Oversizing: Does it do more harm than good?

There are conflicting opinions on the harms and benefits of oversizing motors. Does it do more harm than good? You might be surprised.

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Validation and Deployment Concerns to Maintain Acceptable Risk
November 26, 2014

Validation and Deployment Concerns to Maintain Acceptable Risk

By Chris Soranno, SICK Safety Application Specialist
To ensure an acceptable level of residual risk has been achieved prior to deploying equipment for active service, it is imperative to implement one final series of steps. This stage is necessary to confirm that all risk reduction measures applied (design and build, technological, and organizational) are working together effectively to reduce the risk of all identified hazards to a tolerable level.

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