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CSIA conference plans two tracks

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:45:00 -0500

More than 500 control system integrators and suppliers from the U.S. and worldwide will gather for the 2018 Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) Executive Conference on April 24-27 in San Francisco. The event will feature two tracks with the common theme of “Growth through innovation and sound business practices.” CSIA...

Beamex MC6-Ex intrinsically safe calibrator and communicator

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:59:02 -0500

Beamex introduces an advanced, intrinsically safe field calibrator and communicator, called the Beamex MC6-Ex.

First cyber attack on unguarded SIS reported

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:41:00 -0500

Schneider Electric confirms FireEye, Dragos blog posts about Triton malware attack on isolated user's Triconex safety controller at critical infrastruture facility in the Middle East

Interfaces lighten the load

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:54:00 -0500

Human-machine interfaces (HMIs) and operator workstations are simplifying, multitasking, and seeking "one pane of glass" as they multiply and go mobile.

Similarities between Stuxnet and the Triconex cyber attack – how many other SIS vendors are cyber vulnerable?

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:51:00 -0500

Two major SIS vendors have been hacked with a similar approach. What does that say about the cyber vulnerabilities of the other SIS suppliers?

The education and motivation of engineers

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 20:51:00 -0500

Students’ experiences reflect the differences between industry and academia.

Sometimes it's difficult to determine how much to detail

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 14:36:00 -0500

The reader asks how global warming could be caused by human consumption of energy, when all the energy we use is only a tiny fraction of incoming solar energy.

ISA picks Curtis as president

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 14:22:00 -0500

He will lead ISA's board of directors, which is responsible for governing, setting policy and establishing its strategic direction.

2018 Readers' Choice Awards

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:56:00 -0500

We've now tabulated the Readers' Choice Awards 26 times, for more than a quarter century, and we're starting to see it as an institution—more than a habit, at least a tradition, and we think, a trusted repository of valuable information for process automation professionals who want to know which companies offer the best technology, according to their peers.

Tuning on the path to predictive maintenance

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:43:00 -0500

Automation and control systems are poised to reap the benefits of the same condition monitoring and predictive methods that are raising reliability of physical equipment.

ABB shifts EPC business model

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:21:00 -0500

These shifts will cost its power grids, industrial automation, and oil and gas EPC businesses about $75 million each. “We're taking de

Digital expertise ensures success

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:05:00 -0500

Deep industry knowledge, integration capabilities PLUS the enabling technologies is what makes a great partner in solving production, operations and maintenance problems

Endress+Hauser allies with trio to aid digital oilfield

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:24:00 -0500

Endress+Hauser reported Jan. 5 that it's partnering with Angus Measurement Services, TechnipFMC and its sales and service representative, Vector Controls, to collaborate on helping oil and gas clients transition to the "digital oilfield" and Industry 4.0.

Acromag, Ctek partner to provide remote monitoring and control solutions

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:27:00 -0500

New alliance unites Acromag’s rugged signal interface modules with Ctek’s controller and cellular communication devices for remote asset management and cloud-based monitoring solutions.

Filtering a noisy signal

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 11:56:00 -0500

Be wary when applying this imperfect solution to an all too common problem

Strengthening Integration Capabilities

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 18:45:00 -0500

FieldComm Group closed a successful year by releasing version 1.1 of the FDI Technical Specifications and version 1.2.1 of the FDI Development Tools. These specifications and tools allow suppliers to develop a broader range of products with fewer tools and better capabilities, while enhancing security and integration capabilities for their customers.

Offering WirelessHART Bootcamp

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 18:36:00 -0500

In 2017, FieldComm Group conducted WirelessHART Bootcamp, a multi-week online educational program led by the organization’s staff and associates. This innovative program enables enrollees to gain an understanding of topics such as mesh networking basics, WirelessHART system design, WirelessHART and wired systems, network security, and integrating WirelessHART into...

Increasing Product Registration

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 18:33:00 -0500

As devices, hosts, and architectures become more complex, assured adherence to standards at the protocol and information model level is a requirement for maximizing captured value. In the past year, FieldComm Group’s verification team completed new or updated registrations for nearly 200 products. Read More.

Opening FDI Product Registration

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 18:30:00 -0500

FieldComm Group announced the availability of testing and registration for FDI Device Packages and FDI Host Systems to the industry integration standard. Official testing and registration of FDI-compliant products, as well as EDDL-only based products, is an important step for device manufacturers as it ensures robust, compliant solutions that meet...

Cooperating on Physical Layer Advancements

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:17:00 -0500

FieldComm Group, ODVA and PI (Profibus & Profinet International) joined together on a work project to achieve and promote an advanced physical layer for EtherNet/IP, HART-IP and PROFINET. This effort is aimed at extending existing Ethernet technology to address traditional two-wire topology and intrinsic safety. Read more.