White Papers on Automation, Process Control & Instrumentation Topics 

Exploring Security by Design
April 06, 2018

Exploring Security by Design

By Siegfried Müller, MB Connect Line
Nowadays it‘s difficult to imagine that a new appliance will be developed without a safety risk analysis, or by using safety elements without corresponding certifications. In fact, standards and norms regulate how security components have to be designed and deployed. Within information technology, such regulations don‘t exist yet.

What is a Voice Coil Actuator?
April 03, 2018

What is a Voice Coil Actuator?

By H2W Technologies
A voice coil actuator, also known as a non-commutated DC linear actuator, is a type of direct drive linear motor. Voice coil actuators are typically used in focusing applications, oscillatory systems, mirror tilting, and miniature position control.

Thickness Measurement with Laser Displacement Sensors
March 23, 2018

Thickness Measurement with Laser Displacement Sensors

Laser displacement sensors are often used for measuring distance, movement and dimensions. However, in order to achieve a precise statement of the target thickness from the combined signals of two sensors, there are a number of factors that need to be taken into account.

Pairing OPC UA with a Good IIoT Protocol
March 19, 2018

Pairing OPC UA with a Good IIoT Protocol

By Bob McIlvride, Director, Communications, Skkynet Cloud Systems
In the rapidly-evolving space of Industrial IoT (IIoT), we are seeing some growth in understanding about what makes a good IIoT protocol. For IIoT to work well, the tools you employ must suit the unique requirements.

IIC Endpoint Security Best Practices
March 14, 2018

IIC Endpoint Security Best Practices

This white paper from the Industrial Internet Consortium recommends best practices for endpoint security in industrial applications under the broader scope of industrial internet security. The basis for this document is the detailed analysis in the various industrial guidance and compliance frameworks that already exist

Overcoming Cybersecurity Challenges in Industrial Control Systems
February 23, 2018

Overcoming Cybersecurity Challenges in Industrial Control Systems

By Veracity
Holistic challenges such as ICS cybersecurity can be overwhelming. Security solutions often create more challenging system-wide issues. Attacking comprehensive problems with individual statements helps us to focus on solving analysis and planning issues step by step. This paper identifies two individual problem statements that address the comprehensive issue of ICS security.

OPC Technology Well-positioned for Growth in Tomorrow’s Connected World
February 19, 2018

OPC Technology Well-positioned for Growth in Tomorrow’s Connected World

By Craig Resnick and David Clayton, ARC Advisory Group
This ARC View, based on extensive ARC market research and analysis, at-tempts to quantify the current installed base of automation products with OPC and examines why it has been deployed so widely, the types of applications in which it has been deployed, and what lies ahead for the future.

Calibration Essentials: An ISA and Beamex eBook
February 16, 2018

Calibration Essentials: An ISA and Beamex eBook

The calibration experts at Beamex have teamed with the International Society of Automation (ISA) to provide this in-depth guide to calibration automation, complete with all the information you need to ensure a fully calibrated and reliable facility.

A New Deal for Buildings
February 02, 2018

A New Deal for Buildings

This whitepaper discusses ways to facilitate the adoption of information technologies in order to enable a more productive indoor environment.

Bedrock Automation releases ICS Cyber Security Best Practices white paper
January 18, 2018

Bedrock Automation releases ICS Cyber Security Best Practices white paper

The 20-page document, Securing Industrial Control Systems - Best Practices, covers the threat landscape and presents a holistic approach to defending it, including assessing risk, physical security, network security, workstation and server security, as well as the fundamentals of OSA.

Determining the Best Wireless Frequency for Your Remote Monitoring and Control System
January 16, 2018

Determining the Best Wireless Frequency for Your Remote Monitoring and Control System

By Scott Keller, Founder, CEO, CTO, SignalFire Wireless Telemetry
While ideal for short range building and plant environments, 2.4 GHz systems have limitations when performing in outdoor applications. A lower frequency is much better and a 915 MHz system provides a more reliable data transmission over longer ranges in more challenging environments.

Keeping the Lights On: The basics of machine monitoring
January 03, 2018

Keeping the Lights On: The basics of machine monitoring

By Stew Thompson, CAS DataLoggers
This whitepaper discusses the basics of one of the most common data logger applications, machine monitoring and predictive maintenance, as a cost-effective way for plants and factories to help reduce process downtime.

Secure Configuration and Operation of OPC UA
December 18, 2017

Secure Configuration and Operation of OPC UA

The OPC Foundation published a set of practical guidelines for the secure configuration and use of OPC UA in industry.  This brochure helps readers quickly understand what OPC UA security has to offer and how to best use it. 

VDMA's Industrie 4.0 Communication Guideline Based on OPC UA
December 18, 2017

VDMA's Industrie 4.0 Communication Guideline Based on OPC UA

The VDMA guideline “Industrie 4.0 Communication Guideline Based on OPC UA” should be understood as a practice-oriented tool. It shows action steps that help to implement the industry 4.0 communication in the company. Industrie 4.0 is a development path on the way to the future of production.

How to Get Started Collecting Data
November 27, 2017

How to Get Started Collecting Data

By CAS Dataloggers
Do you need a way to record data, but don’t know how to get started? This whitepaper, from the Application Engineers at CAS DataLoggers, will serve as a brief overview to help guide you through the basics of data loggers

Where Is Wi-Fi Heading?
November 10, 2017

Where Is Wi-Fi Heading?

By Cees Links, Qorvo
This whitepaper gives an overview of what customers expect from Wi-Fi, where it is heading, and how Wi-Fi fits into a larger context in the Smart Home, but also meshing networks, edge computing, FTTH and DOCSIS.

The Top 4 Benefits of LabVIEW
November 07, 2017

The Top 4 Benefits of LabVIEW

Discover how LabVIEW system design software can increase your productivity, future-proof your solution, integrate with your hardware, and provide learning paths to ensure your success when adopting LabVIEW for your measurement and test applications.
*Sponsored by National Instruments

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Reexamining the Role of SCADA Systems in Digital Manufacturing Operations
November 03, 2017

Reexamining the Role of SCADA Systems in Digital Manufacturing Operations

By: Alan Cone, Siemens Industry, Inc.
The data revolution is firmly underway within today’s manufacturing industry. Those companies that capture their “big data” and leverage that analyzed data as a framework for making faster, better decisions will lead the industry in productivity and time to market.

Alarm Enforcement … or Not?
November 03, 2017

Alarm Enforcement … or Not?

By Lieven Dubois and Ian Brown, MAC Solutions
Alarm Enforcement is the process of comparing Process Control System (PCS) alarm attributes with the authorised list of alarm attributes held within a site’s Master Alarm Database (MADb), and restoring those which are found to be at variance to the values held within the MADb.
In this paper, we will discuss the pros and cons of this practice.

November 03, 2017

Eltima releases Port Virtualization Technology whitepaper

Port Virtualization Technology is the first step to industrial automatization.

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