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Hexagon AB announces acquisition of NEXTSENSE
May 15, 2018

Hexagon AB announces acquisition of NEXTSENSE

NEXTSENSE specialises in solutions that enhance product quality in the automotive, railway, steel and aerospace industries. NEXTSENSE will be fully consolidated, operating within Hexagon's Manufacturing Intelligence division.

Technology Adoption Rates Rising
April 06, 2016

Technology Adoption Rates Rising

A host of potentially disruptive technologies are creating digital “Always-On” Supply Chains that will provide better efficiency, visibility and customer service across a variety of industries, while challenging companies to find the talent to manage them

Future engineers benefit from ISA student sections
February 15, 2016

Future engineers benefit from ISA student sections

By Leo Staples
This article focuses on the benefits students receive from active participation in section activities. Given the difference in levels of education, one might conclude that the student sections at Francis Tuttle Technology Center (FTTC) and Oklahoma State University (OSU) have very little in common. When you examine the programs, however, you find more similarities than differences.

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ISA S&P department awards for 2015
February 15, 2016

ISA S&P department awards for 2015

The contributions of 31 individuals were recognized by the board for 2015. Announcing the awards was Nicholas P. Sands of DuPont, 2015–16 vice president of the S&P department. Sands, who also serves as co-chair of ISA18, was an award winner himself for his work on ISA101 on the development of ISA’s first human-machine interface (HMI) standard.

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February 15, 2016

Advanced technologies for manufacturing

Advanced technologies are shaping the future of manufacturing, according to a study by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited’s Global Consumer and Industrial Products industry group and the U.S. Council on Competitiveness.

February 15, 2016

How to attract more women into STEM careers

Women have made substantial inroads into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers over the past few years, but there is still a long way to go.

New IIoT technologies, strategies for a new year
December 28, 2015

New IIoT technologies, strategies for a new year

Plant Engineering
By Bob Vavra
ARC analyst Greg Gorbach offers 10 predictions for 2016. Taken together, they point to continued momentum and acceleration in the direction the industry has embarked upon--embracing disruptive technologies to transform manufacturing.

More intelligent and efficient PLC programming
December 28, 2015

More intelligent and efficient PLC programming

Plant Engineering
By Jeff Payne
IEC 61131-3: What’s the acceptance rate of this control programming standard? Ladder diagram remains the simplest and most popular approach for PLC programming, but may not be the most efficient way. Lack of interoperability may be a problem. Control Engineering surveyed readers as part of a custom research project on behalf of AutomationDirect.

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Developers need to establish trust in the IoT
December 24, 2015

Developers need to establish trust in the IoT

Embedded Computing Design
By Gregory Rudy, Green Hills Software
All IoT devices are embedded systems. Underneath their layers of software are inputs, outputs, state machines, and data. As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to redefine our daily lives, the debate continues regarding the critical need for security and reliability.

Windows 10: Upgrade or not?
December 18, 2015

Windows 10: Upgrade or not?

Control Engineering
By Art Howell, Maverick Technologies
Microsoft introduced Windows 10, but should industrial institutions consider an upgrade? If you do decide to upgrade and don’t like it, you can always go back to your previous version. Welcome to the future, like it or not! Here is a quick analysis.

November 17, 2015

Network Vulnerabilities Keep Automation from Living Up to Full Potential

Vision On Line
By Winn Hardin
As cybersecurity concerns spread beyond consumer identity theft to to the level of industrial and national espionage, it’s affecting the developers of industrial automation solutions, including machine vision suppliers and system integrators. In some cases, security concerns will limit the level of service integrators can provide for system support.

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Why are manufacturers so prone to cyber attacks?
September 23, 2015

Why are manufacturers so prone to cyber attacks?

Process & Control Engineering
Just ten well known and documented Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) accounted for 97 per cent of attacks last year, one of which dates back to 1999. What this shows is that companies are not patching their systems adequately.

September 23, 2015

The Future Of Open Protocols

Engineered Systems
By Paul Ehrlich
As an industry then, have we “solved” the issue of interoperability? While we now have good choices in terms of robust protocols for use in commercial buildings, areas remain where more effort is needed. Here are a few key areas to look for continued improvements.

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September 23, 2015

Managing Change In The Manufacturing Revolution

IMPO
By Mike DiLeo
The existing and emerging technologies that are creating a new Industrial Revolution in the manufacturing sector are also creating new demands for leadership in change management skills, metrics and more.

The Key Market Drivers for the Building Internet of Things Business
September 23, 2015

The Key Market Drivers for the Building Internet of Things Business

AutomatedBuildings.com
By Allan McHale, Memoori
The key drivers causing Building Automation (BAS) to morph into the Building Internet of Things (BIoT) fall into 3 main categories – business drivers, technology drivers and energy efficiency drivers.

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Automation: the enemy of employment?
August 18, 2015

Automation: the enemy of employment?

PACE
By Brent Balinsk
For all its many benefits – such as improving speed, productivity and safety – there is still anxiety around automation, due mainly to employment concerns.A general decrease in manufacturing employment numbers – even in countries that have seen growth in their industrial sectors, such as China, Germany and the US – is often put down to increased automation.

Manufacturing awaits huge shake-up
August 18, 2015

Manufacturing awaits huge shake-up

PACE
By Brent Balinsk
The recently-released Australia’s Future Workforce report from the Committee for Economic Development of Australia shows as many as 5 million jobs are at a high risk of being rendered obsolete in the next 10 – 15 years.

August 12, 2015

ISA introduces enhanced suite of integrated industrial cybersecurity courses and certificate programs

InTech
ISA introduced an expanded suite of industrial automation and control system (IACS) cybersecurity training, including three new technical training courses with associated certificate programs. The three new ISA industrial cybersecurity training courses are: Assessing the Cybersecurity of New or Existing IACS Systems (IC33), IACS Cybersecurity Design and Implementation (IC34),

SCADA cyber security
July 22, 2015

SCADA cyber security

Control Engineering
By Edward Nugent
Securing control systems with supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA): SCADA software, part of many industrial control systems, can use the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) framework for cyber security.

Industry Group Pushes for Free Open-Source Ethernet Standard for Machine Communications
June 24, 2015

Industry Group Pushes for Free Open-Source Ethernet Standard for Machine Communications

Design News
Ethernet Powerlink Standardization Group (EPSG) believes that industrial machinery and components can communicate data rapidly and reliably among themselves, system controllers, and ultimately to their human overseers via an open-source, software-based Ethernet communication standard.

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June 16, 2015

Weak password encryption used in Rockwell HMI software

What’s New in Process Technology
Softpedia has reported that the encryption algorithms for protecting user credentials in HMI software from Rockwell Automation are outdated and therefore sufficiently weak to be decrypted. Rockwell Automation developed a patch to address the problem that affects RSView32 7.60.00 (CPR9 SR4) and all earlier versions.

June 16, 2015

New Machine Safety Standard

Maintenance Technology
The new standard ‘EN ISO 14119:2013 Safety of Machinery: Interlocking devices associated with guards – principles for design and selection, has arrived and, as of 30th April this year, replaced EN 1088, with a one year transition period.

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Building Automation is Transforming into the Building Internet of Things Creating a $76B Market by 2020
June 16, 2015

Building Automation is Transforming into the Building Internet of Things Creating a $76B Market by 2020

AutomatedBuildings.com
By Allan McHale, Memoori
The transformation of Building Automation Systems (BAS) into a Building Internet of Things (BIoT) is now underway. But as the plot is unfolding, the full impact of what BIoT will mean to the BAS industry is not yet well understood.

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Cybersecurity, ISA, and Automation Federation and how we got here
June 13, 2015

Cybersecurity, ISA, and Automation Federation and how we got here

InTech
By Stephen R. Huffman
ISA99, now IEC/ISA 62443, will play a more prominent role in securing the control systems of industry in the future through a public-private information-sharing partnership. Thanks for the foresight and fortitude of the ISA99 standards committee.

Maintaining oil and gas industry productivity and profitability
June 13, 2015

Maintaining oil and gas industry productivity and profitability

InTech
Major factors affecting the oil and gas industry include the aging workforce, cybersecurity threats, competitiveness in a shrinking market, and increased regulation, according to Siemens’ Wolfgang Rubrecht.. Thirty to forty percent of the workforce will be retiring in the next 10 years.

Early-Warning Sensor Network Advances Industry 4.0
May 25, 2015

Early-Warning Sensor Network Advances Industry 4.0

Machine Design
A sensor network being developed by Professor Andreas Schütze and his research team at Saarland University will diagnose developing failures in industrial machinery based on the systemic sensory response to changes in vibrational frequency and temperature.

Billions of IoT devices in the next decade may be a pipe dream
May 25, 2015

Billions of IoT devices in the next decade may be a pipe dream

Embedded Computing Design
By Christian Legare, Micrium
One question unanswered at this point is whether the widespread prediction of billions of IoT devices deployed in the next several years is practical, affordable, and for device makers, profitable.

Smart PLCs and PACs — More Complex and Easier to Use
May 24, 2015

Smart PLCs and PACs — More Complex and Easier to Use

Design News
By Rob Speigel
Greater intelligence is the major factor driving trends in PLCs and PACs. In recent years, control devices have gained complexity while actually becoming easier for the user to deploy.

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Collaborative Robots Are Helping Fuel a Robotics Boom
May 24, 2015

Collaborative Robots Are Helping Fuel a Robotics Boom

Design News
By Rob Speigel
A renaissance in small robots is blooming. Collaborative robots are inexpensive and tiny compared with the giant caged-in versions that dominate the automotive market. They are priced down-market to attract small- and medium-size manufacturers. Below $50K is generally the target pricing. Often these robots are the first step in automation for a small shop.

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The Shifting Role of System Integrators
May 24, 2015

The Shifting Role of System Integrators

Automation World
By Stephanie Neil
Automation vendors are building more strategic relationships with integrators in an effort to offer holistic—and proactive—services.

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SCADA Attacks Double in 2014
April 25, 2015

SCADA Attacks Double in 2014

Automation World
By Aaron Hand
Dell Security’s annual threat report shows not only a significant surge in the number of attacks on retail credit card systems, but industrial SCADA systems as well, which are much more likely to go unreported.

Industrial networking trends point to global expansion
April 23, 2015

Industrial networking trends point to global expansion

Industrial Ethernet Book
According to HMS, PROFIBUS remains the most widely used industrial network globally but several networks are closing up. PROFINET and EtherNet/IP compete for first place within industrial Ethernet and no network consolidation is in sight—and there’s no mention of Foundation Fieldbus…at all.

April 20, 2015

Preparing for the future: the human equation

InTech
By Doug Aldrich
The exponential growth of technical tools and their explosive applications to our lives have been nothing short of astounding. These have created an equally dramatic increase in new jobs with required skills.

Industrial wireless sensor networks: Trends and developments
April 20, 2015

Industrial wireless sensor networks: Trends and developments

InTech
By Mareca Hatler
ON World, in collaboration with ISA, completed an extensive survey on WSN in the fourth quarter of 2014 with 220 industrial automation vendors, end users, systems integrators, and industry experts worldwide. Industrial wireless sensor adoption is accelerating from a new generation of standards-based industrial networks and a growing number of first-time users, according to the survey.

April 20, 2015

HMI standard moves toward completion


InTech
ISA-101.01, Human Machine Interfaces for Process Automation Systems, is in the final stages of approval by the ISA101 standards development committee, Human-Machine Interface (HMI). The document was approved by ISA101 in a 2014 ballot. It is undergoing a final committee review before being submitted to the ISA Standards & Practices Board and then the American National Standards Institute. Final publication is expected by September of this year.

April 20, 2015

Smart Building Technology Spending Projected to Triple by 2018

AutomatedBuildings.com
Karina Wright, Reliable Controls
Annual shipments of wireless sensor network devices are expected to increase by more than 600% within the next five years, with the top three markets in energy management, smart lighting, and safety/security.

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Endress+Hauser Opens Process Training Units to Give Users a Real Feel for the Job
April 14, 2015

Endress+Hauser Opens Process Training Units to Give Users a Real Feel for the Job

Control
By Jim Montague
Hands-on training in a work environment provides a training experience that goes beyond the simulator.

March 22, 2015

CSB Calls For Changes

Chemical Processing
The CSB cannot impose fines or mandate changes in work processes. However, it can make suggestions and this report contains several. The report makes several suggestions that promise to have industry-wide impact because they call for revisions to five American Petroleum Institute (API) recommended practices.

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Cybersecurity Preparedness Doesn’t Measure Up
March 21, 2015

Cybersecurity Preparedness Doesn’t Measure Up

Automation World
By Aaron Hand
According to a study conducted by Oil & Gas IQ, although 90 percent of the oil and gas companies surveyed agree that it is vital to respond to a security incident within hours, only 40 percent have an incident response plan in place.

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Updates to Industry Standards Offer New Options for Fugitive Emissions Testing
March 21, 2015

Updates to Industry Standards Offer New Options for Fugitive Emissions Testing

Pumps & Systems
By Philip Mahoney
End users should be aware of the latest standards revisions to employ the most up-to-date valve sealing practices.

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