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Protecting Signal Lines Against Electromagnetic Interference
July 14, 2017

Protecting Signal Lines Against Electromagnetic Interference

By Dataforth,
In today's dynamic industrial environments, electronic devices, signal and power wiring, and other electrical plant/process equipment often interact to create 'noise' or electromagnetic interference (EMI) problems which can degrade critical measurement and control signals. Proper grounding and shielding techniques can help reduce or eliminate these problems and maintain signal integrity.

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Cybersecurity: Going Beyond Protection to Boost Resiliency
June 28, 2017

Cybersecurity: Going Beyond Protection to Boost Resiliency

By Don Dickinson, Phoenix Contact USA
The challenge of protecting sensitive data and cyber-assets becomes even more daunting as tens of billions of devices are connected globally, creating the Internet of Things (IoT). Cyber-threats take on an even greater significance when the target is critical infrastructure.

Technology and Approaches to Cut Lab & Building Energy Use
June 21, 2017

Technology and Approaches to Cut Lab & Building Energy Use

By Gordon P. Sharp, Aircuity Inc.
A major research study was conducted that generated a significant amount of objective data on the indoor environmental quality (IEQ) conditions of labs and vivariums that are using dynamic control of air change rate.

The Safety of AC Power Supplies Fed with DC Voltage
January 12, 2017

The Safety of AC Power Supplies Fed with DC Voltage

By Dr. Qin Wang, PULS
This whitepaper is an assessment of the safety situation with AC and DC power supplies and what organizations can do to ensure safe power supplies in their facilities

Determination of Power Supply Efficiency
November 04, 2016

Determination of Power Supply Efficiency

By Bernhard Erdl, PULS
This article should help users determine the accurate efficiency and thus the power losses of a power supply

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Gain Total Measurement Confidence with Smart Meter Verification
June 15, 2015

Gain Total Measurement Confidence with Smart Meter Verification

By MicroMotion
Inaccurate measurements and process oversights can result in imperfect product, decreased output, non-compliance with industry regulations and requirements, and unscheduled downtime. This trend report explores how Smart Meter Verification can help you not only minimize downtime and confirm the accuracy of your measurements, but also cut costs and maintain compliance.

Cyber Security Design Methodology for Nuclear Power Control & Protection Systems
May 11, 2015

Cyber Security Design Methodology for Nuclear Power Control & Protection Systems

By Al Braik, Emirates Nuclear Energy Cooperation
Cyber Security design process and its implementation in the Nuclear Power ICS Architecture are explained. A complete Nuclear Power ICS cyber security life cycle program is described and how the Defense In Depth approach is sequenced in this life cycle is explained.

Integrating Multigenerational Automation Systems
January 14, 2015

Integrating Multigenerational Automation Systems

By Chad Harper, Maverick Technologies
Process manufacturing plants are famous for their tendency to keep automation systems and associated networks up and running for decades. Getting an automation system that includes multigenerational and multivendor components to work together can be a challenge.

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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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.

Using smart field devices to improve safety system performance
September 17, 2014

Using smart field devices to improve safety system performance

By Guillermo Pacanins, ACM Facility Safety
Safety monitoring software and smart field devices can improve safety system performance and operation. The white paper describes how to use safety monitoring software to distill the data from smart field devices and other sources into easily understood and actionable information that can improve the operation of the safety system.

Flue gas monitoring sensors
September 02, 2014

Flue gas monitoring sensors

By Tom Gurd, City Technology
There is a lot of focus on flue gas analyzers, but it’s also important to remember that an analyzer is only as effective as the sensors it uses. Because of the risks associated with combustion emissions, sensor safety and reliability are critical.

Mobile Devices White Paper
May 07, 2014

Mobile Devices White Paper

By Opto 22
Can off-the-shelf mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets be safely used in industrial automation applications? This timely white paper explores the promise and problems of this popular new trend.

Protecting our Water – Keep Chemicals in the Tank
March 25, 2014

Protecting our Water – Keep Chemicals in the Tank

By Bill Sholette and Ricardo Chavez, Endress+Hauser
Leaking or overfilled tanks can cause environmental problems, contaminate drinking water and cost a company millions of dollars. Proper instrumentation, monitoring and control can prevent these problems. This white paper explains how.

SCADA Systems Automate Electrical Distribution
July 11, 2013

SCADA Systems Automate Electrical Distribution

By Fabio Terezinho, InduSoft
Automating electrical distribution systems by implementing a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system is the one of the most cost-effective solutions for improving reliability, increasing utilization and cutting costs.

Power Quality Monitoring and Power Metering Tutorial
September 07, 2012

Power Quality Monitoring and Power Metering Tutorial

By National Instruments

This tutorial provides an overview of three phase electricity basics and then discusses three of the most common power quality events: leading/lagging power, saq/swell/interruptions, and harmonics.

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Upgraded Controls Position McIntosh Plant for Efficient Operations
August 22, 2012

Upgraded Controls Position McIntosh Plant for Efficient Operations

Automation.com, August 2012

Siemens’ complete controls upgrade of the gas-fired McIntosh Power Plant prepared the plant for its expanded role in producing electricity for this 108-year-old public power provider. Download the case study to learn how Siemens has what it takes to maximize your plant’s performance.

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April 18, 2012

Gas Turbine Evaporative Cooling

Power-technology.com, April 2012

By Munters

As the global demand for energy rises, the role that gas turbines play in energy production will be more and more important. Gas turbines are convenient, modular and flexible, and are suitable for continuous duty, standby and for peaking duty. Requires registration to read paper.

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April 15, 2012

Energy Monitoring for Profit: Introducing Demand Response

Automation.com, April 2012

By Opto 22

Demand response (DR) offers an opportunity for industrial and commercial businesses to not just reduce energy costs, but also earn a revenue stream from their electrical energy use. Practical, specific steps show how automation professionals can take advantage of DR programs now.

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Reducing Labour Costs and Increasing Investor Confidence with Real-Time Monitoring of Photovoltaic Energy Network
April 09, 2012

Reducing Labour Costs and Increasing Investor Confidence with Real-Time Monitoring of Photovoltaic Energy Network

By Schneider Electric

Energy 21 in the Czech Republic used 50 SCADAPack 300E Smart RTUs and ClearSCADA software to monitor 50,000 data information points at 27 photovoltaic energy sites spread over 500km.

February 27, 2012

Endress+Hauser Releases White Paper Showing How to Maintain pH Sensors

Automation.com, March 2012

By Fred Kohlmann, Endress+Hauser

White paper describes when and how to inspect, clean and calibrate pH sensors-including a complete decision tree diagram that outlines all necessary steps.

February 25, 2012

Rupture Pin or rupture disk: which is the clear choice for pressure relief?

Valve World, February 2012

By Julian Taylor, Rupture Pin Technology

The fundamentals of pressure relief applications are safety, efficiency, maintenance level, downtime duration, operating costs and environmental friendliness. Does the Rupture Pin alleviate the issues that go with such applications, or is the rupture disk a more sensible option?

February 09, 2012

Using Guided Wave Radar in Steam loops

Automation.com, March 2012

By Keith Riley and Ravi Jethra, Endress+Hauser

White paper addresses the application of Guided Wave Radar to measure level in steam loops, including discussions of how this technology functions and differs from more traditional forms of level indication.

FDI: Field Device Integration Technology
February 07, 2012

FDI: Field Device Integration Technology

Automation.com, February 2012

By FDI Cooperation

FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation, OPC Foundation, PROFIBUS & PROFINET International, are supporting and driving forward the development of FDI Technology. Here’s how FDI works.

How to Choose the Right Application Software for Your Measurement System
February 04, 2012

How to Choose the Right Application Software for Your Measurement System

By National Instruments

Application software lies at the core of modern data acquisition (DAQ) systems, making it imperative that you select a software tool that fits the needs of your application today and easily scales as your system matures. This paper walks through five questions to consider when choosing application software.

January 09, 2012

Assessing PROFIenergy's potential

By PROFIBUS Nutzerorganisation e. V. (PNO)

PROFIenergy is a Profile of the real-time Industrial Ethernet protocol PROFINET, developed in response to calls from the AIDA group of automotive manufacturing companies for an open, standardized method of controlling energy consumption in automation systems. This white paper will quantify the energy saving possibilities of PROFIenergy and assess its deployment opportunities.

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November 17, 2011

The Changing Energy Landscape: A How-To Guide

Automation.com, November 2011

By SMC

Machine builders, manufacturers, and all compressed air users can decrease energy costs by following the steps outlined here.

November 17, 2011

$1/W Photovoltaic Systems

Power-Technology.com, November 2011

The white paper highlights the DOE's estimation that a $1/watt installed photovoltaic solar energy system - equivalent to five or six cents/kWh - would make solar without additional subsidies and would be competitive with the wholesale rate of electricity in the US. Registration required to see paper.

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November 17, 2011

Introduction to Advanced Distribution Management Services

Electric Light & Power, November 2011

This Oracle paper reviews how Advanced Distribution Management organizes and analyzes the enormous volumes of new, near real-time data, and why it is so important for today’s utilities to leverage this mission-critical capability. Registration required to see paper.

Building Distributed Monitoring and Control Systems With LabVIEW
November 08, 2011

Building Distributed Monitoring and Control Systems With LabVIEW

By National Instruments
November 2011
This paper examines the benefits of creating distributed monitoring and control systems as well as the fundamentals of building these systems. Engineers can use the concepts presented in this paper to design reliable, high-performance systems that can easily integrate with future technologies.

October 15, 2011

Innovate and Optimize: The Power of Analytics in Today's Utility

Electric Light & Power, October 2011

By SAS Institute

Increasing competition is causing utilities companies to seek out a competitive advantage in the market. This white paper explains why analytics is the solution to gaining this advantage, by first defining analytics and examining its overall importance to businesses. Requires registration.

September 26, 2011

CIP-007-5 R1 DRAFT:Understanding the Importance and Relevance of Configuration Ports to Utility Cyber Security

Electric Light & Power, September 2011

By TDi Technologies

Whitepaper addresses key areas relating to configuration ports where the specific implications of security vulnerabilities are not understood by the industry at large. Registration required.

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September 26, 2011

CIP-010-5 R1 and R2 DRAFT: The Importance of Baseline Configuration as a Critical Security Management Control

Electric Light & Power, September 2011

By TDi Technologies

This paper addresses baseline configuration management as a way to reduce or eliminate security gaps resulting from Cyber Assets that are not properly configured. CIP-010-5 brings into the CIP Regulations baseline configuration management as a way to reduce or eliminate security gaps resulting from Cyber Assets that are not properly configured. Registration required.

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September 26, 2011

CIP-005-5 R2 DRAFT: Understanding the Security Requirements for Remote Access Management to the Bulk Energy System

Electric Light & Power, September 2011

By TDi Technologies

Whitepaper discusses the requirements and approaches to meeting the challenge of Remote Access Management for the Bulk Energy System (BES). Understanding the Security Requirements for Remote Access Management to the Bulk Energy System”. CIP-005-5 R2 is focused on ensuring that the security of the Bulk Energy System is not compromised by remote access. Registration required.

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September 20, 2011

Optimization of energy usage

Automation.com, May 2012

By ODVA

ODVA describes optimization of energy usage (OEU) in the industrial sector and an overview of ODVA’s vision of a comprehensive approach to energy optimization including OEU in the industrial ecosystem; ODVA’s vision of OEU in the Production domain; Industrial use cases for OEU; ODVA’s technical approach to OEU; and OEU in practice.

Increasing the Value of Automation for Industrial Infrastructure Projects
July 29, 2011

Increasing the Value of Automation for Industrial Infrastructure Projects

By Tim Sweet, Honeywell Process Solutions

This white paper discusses the use of modern automation technology to support industrial infrastructure projects in the world’s developing regions. It describes the latest innovative strategies for automating balance-of-plant units and other supporting assets in new Greenfield facilities.

Powering the Smart Grid
July 27, 2011

Powering the Smart Grid

By Brian MacCleery, National Instruments

Smart grid technology tackles technical challenges that limit the openness, reliability, and efficiency of energy production and distribution.

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July 26, 2011

Manage Utility IEDs Remotely while Complying with NERC CIP

Electric Light & Power, June 2011

By Subnet

This white paper is for electrical utilities that need to maintain and manage substation assets, maintain high reliability of power systems; and efficiently comply with regulatory standards. Registration required to read paper.

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July 26, 2011

Get Substation Automation In Sync With IEEE 1588v2 Precise Timekeeping

Electric Light & Power, June 2011

By Moxa

White paper explores some of the limitations that current industrial systems, especially power substations, face in synchronizing their networks. It also identifies how IEEE 1588 v2 precision time protocol (PTP) can transform how an industrial network is run. Registration required to read paper.

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May 19, 2011

Defense in Cyber Space

By Trent Nelson, Idaho National Laboratory, and Jeff Becker, Honeywell

For industrial facilities, the increased vulnerability of the enterprise resulting from open wireless architectures, coupled with a rise in cyber attacks, has made electronic security a major concern. This whitepaper discusses the present situation regarding cyber security, beating the hackers and how to protect plants against potential cyber attacks.