White Papers on Automation, Process Control & Instrumentation Topics 

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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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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Point Level Capacitance Switch for Fly Ash Hopper Measurement
November 26, 2014

Point Level Capacitance Switch for Fly Ash Hopper Measurement

By Bill Sholette and Ravi Jethra, Endress+Hauser
If you’re the person tasked with controlling the level of fly ash in collection hoppers, you know how difficult the application can be. What at first looks like a simple measurement, quickly proves to be much more demanding in actual execution. Download this whitepaper to learn how capacitance level devices can help you obtain reliable measurements in fly ash applications.

Deploying 802.11 Wireless LAN Technology
November 21, 2014

Deploying 802.11 Wireless LAN Technology

By Rockwell Automation and Cisco
Design and implementation guide outlines the key requirements and design considerations to help successful deployment of IACS 802.11 wireless networking within a plant-wide architectures.

Maintaining heat transfer fluid in the food and beverage industry
November 14, 2014

Maintaining heat transfer fluid in the food and beverage industry

By Clive Jones, et al, Global Heat Transfer
A properly maintained heat transfer system employing food-grade heat transfer fluids will contribute to low cost operation and efficient production.

Bluetooth and ZigBee: a new standards war brewing?
November 12, 2014

Bluetooth and ZigBee: a new standards war brewing?

By Cees Links, GreenPeak Technologies
The recent announcement of Bluetooth Mesh is yet another attempt of Bluetooth to get into the
networking space. Will it be successful this time?

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Saving Energy & Lowering Operating Costs with AC Drives
November 10, 2014

Saving Energy & Lowering Operating Costs with AC Drives

Do you know how much money you could be saving annually with a variable frequency drive?

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DeltaV Virtualization
November 07, 2014

DeltaV Virtualization

By Emerson
This whitepaper provides an overview of Emerson’s DeltaV virtualization solutions for both on-line production systems and off-line systems for development, testing and training.

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The Internet of Secure Things
November 05, 2014

The Internet of Secure Things

By Alan Grau, Icon Labs
The Internet of Things has become a ubiquitous term to describe the tens of billions of devices that have sensing or actuation capabilities, and are connected to each other via the Internet. Until recently, security has not been a high priority for these devices. It is now time to establish The Internet of Secure Things.

White Paper: Functional Safety for Machine Controls
November 04, 2014

White Paper: Functional Safety for Machine Controls

By Chris Soranno, SICK Safety Application Specialist
When implementing technical protective measures (also referred to as “safeguards”) from the hierarchy of controls, each risk reduction measure will be associated with a safety function or combination of safety functions. In order for these safety functions to be designed and installed to a degree of reliability commensurate with the risk level of the associated hazard(s), the concepts of functional safety must be applied.

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