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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.

Enclosure Materials for Harsh Environments
December 06, 2015

Enclosure Materials for Harsh Environments

By Stahlin
Harsh environments similar to those found in water and wastewater facilities can affect the ability of an electrical enclosure to protect the controls contained within, leading to a multitude of problems.

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.

Building a Robust Industrial Ethernet Network In W&WW Treatment Plants
August 22, 2014

Building a Robust Industrial Ethernet Network In W&WW Treatment Plants

By Roger Yue, Antaira
Having a redundant Ethernet network is important to W&WW management, because many plants are still legacy, meaning they were either built with a stand-alone station or have a traditional star topology Ethernet network.

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Asset management in the water industry – the valve actuator’s perspective
June 02, 2014

Asset management in the water industry – the valve actuator’s perspective

By Rotork
In water and effluent treatment environments, the condition of the valves is a fair reflection on the condition of the overall plant, so a great deal of benefit can be gained if the valve actuator can keep the operator informed and updated about the state of the valve that it is operating.

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.

Cooling Electrical Panels in Waste Water Treatment Applications
December 04, 2013

Cooling Electrical Panels in Waste Water Treatment Applications

By Noren Products
Thermal management of electronic enclosures is important to protect automation and process controls as well as transformers, VFDs and PLCs. The water industry has a unique advantage with its ability to employ easily available sources of water for use in air to water panel coolers.

Instrumentation for Produced Water Applications
April 10, 2013

Instrumentation for Produced Water Applications

By Steven Smith, Endress+Hauser
Produced water refers to any water brought up to the surface during oil and gas production, typically as the result of drilling, exploration and hydraulic fracturing. Fracking has emphasized the need to clean up water produced from oil and gas wells, and proper measurement is vital for this effort.

Have you checked your wrinkles lately?
March 27, 2013

Have you checked your wrinkles lately?

By Hugh Davies, Optical Metrology Services
How high precision laser profile measurement tools and video inspection equipment are helping companies verify the quality of CRA-lined pipes by detecting the presence of wrinkles or buckling.

Using DNP3 to Solve Oil & Gas and Water Remote SCADA Communication Challenges
June 06, 2012

Using DNP3 to Solve Oil & Gas and Water Remote SCADA Communication Challenges

By Philip Aubin, Schneider Electric

The DNP3 protocol has evolved over the last two decades to provide significant advantages for SCADA operations that require communication with remote devices over large distances. This white paper highlights the functionality that has made DNP3 such a powerful tool in the O&G and W/WW industries.

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April 18, 2012

Advantages of the DNP3 communications protocol in W&WW telemetry systems

Automation.com, March 2012

By Vishal Prakashstems

DNP3, or Distributed Network Protocol, has been around for close to two decades now. From its inception, DNP3 has been as an open protocol, allowing end users to use a common protocol across many hardware platforms.

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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.

Innovative New Air / Gas Thermal Flow Meter Changes the Rules
February 08, 2012

Innovative New Air / Gas Thermal Flow Meter Changes the Rules

Automation.com, February 2012

By Randy Brown, Fluid Components International

Upgrading a plant’s gas flow meters can improve process efficiency, reduce energy costs and save on maintenance expenses. Here’s how FCI’s newest line of thermal mass flow meters can help when replacing old meters.

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.

Energy Harvesters reduce wiring and battery costs for wireless sensors
January 23, 2012

Energy Harvesters reduce wiring and battery costs for wireless sensors

Automation.com, January 2012

By Roy Freeland, Perpetuum

Energy Harvesters are now readily available to power most low power wireless installations.

December 27, 2011

Wireless technology in industrial automation

By Johan van der Westhuizen,Yokogawa

The use of wireless technology in industrial automation systems offers a number of potential benefits. Here’s what Yokogawa thinks about wireless.

December 21, 2011

Signal Conditioning: Getting the most for your money

Automation.com, December 2011

By Acromag

This paper reviews signal conditioning features such as accuracy, adjustability, isolation, surge withstand capability, RFI/EMI protection, packaging, and repairability.

December 21, 2011

Simplifying Plant Safety Instrumentation

Automation.com, December 2011

By United Electric Controls

For point safety applications, a properly designed and implemented digital switch with self-diagnostics can be an important part of the solution.