Articles & News on Process Automation and Control

3 Reasons Linux Is Preferred for Control Systems

  • by Krista Duty
  • Opinion

Linux has long been on the “wishlist" for control systems. Until now, most systems have been locked-in to the Windows operating system due to reliance on classic OPC—a ubiquitous communication standard based on Microsoft’s Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM). The name of the game is changing, however, with the arrival of the next-generation OPC standard, the OPC Unified Architecture (OPC-UA). The new standard was designed for cross-platform compatibility, which makes room for Linux to gain popularity in the automated control industry.

SCADA/Business Network Separation: Securing an Integrated SCADA System

  • by Scott Wooldridge
  • Feature

SCADA systems were traditionally “walled off” from other systems operating independently from the network. Prior to the awareness of possible attacks, this seemed to provide all the protection the SCADA system needed. They were largely proprietary systems with such limited access and esoteric coding that very few people would have the ability to access them to launch an attack. Over time, however, they became integrated into the larger company network as a means to leverage their valuable data and increase plant efficiency. Therefore, the reality is their security is now often only as strong as the security of the network.

Control Station introduces PID tuning evaluation program

  • News

The program enables participating manufacturers to validate PlantESP’s contribution to improved production performance and bottom-line profitability prior to commercial licensing.

Control Station supplies PID tuning software to Rockwell Automation

  • News

Control Station's LOOP-PRO TUNER PID controller tuning software is integrated within the PlantPAx engineering workstation.

Automation Cartoons - July 11, 2012

  • by Otto Mation
  • Opinion

Otto introduces OttoCare services program for manufacturers.

Automation Cartoons - May 9, 2012

  • by Otto Mation
  • Opinion

Otto criticizes management for outsourcing manufacturing IT.

Automation Cartoons - May 2, 2012

  • by Otto Mation
  • Opinion

Otto suggests implementation of unifying recipe management system for plants.

ExperTune introduces Virtual Classroom for PID Training

  • News

The interactive training is provided by a live instructor, and includes hands-on practice using ExperTune’s “Virtual Classroom.”

Automation Cartoons - April 11, 2012

  • by Otto Mation
  • Opinion

Otto promises to do Root Cause Analysis when elected.

Automation Cartoons - March 21, 2012

  • by Otto Mation
  • Opinion

Otto educates presidential candidates on automation.