Articles & News on Process Automation and Control

IEC-1131 - The First Universal Process Control Language

  • by Bristol Babcock
  • News

IEC-1131 is the first international standard for process control software.  By using IEC-1131, a programmer can develop a control algorithm for a particular brand of controller, and import that same program to another brand with minimum modifications, primarily to process input/output subsystems.

Rockwell Automation offers Batch Application Toolkit

  • News

Free toolkit contains a collection of application examples, videos, documentation and ISA-88 compliant sample code to provide technical guidance when designing and automating a batch system.

Werum IT introduces Design as a Service for batch records

  • News

“Design as a Service” offers creation of master batch records for Werum’s PAS-X manufacturing execution system.

ACM Facility Safety and Endress+Hauser Announce P&ID Interpretation Workshop

  • News

This 2-day course gives students the ability to read and understand P&IDs for the analysis of emergency situations; and for safety, environmental and regulatory compliance issues such as Process Hazards Analysis and HAZOP studies.

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.