Plant Safety and Security
For machine safety, having a Safety Life Cycle Program in place sets the stage for increased compliance to OSHA regulations and consensus standards, and it helps drive a higher level of functional safety for each application.
PAS inked a deal with a power generation producer in the Southeast of the U.S. to help manage process alarms and automation configurations at 15 of its sites, as well as aid in compliance with the North American Electric...
It seems fitting that now the legal nightmares start up as BP sued the maker of the device that failed to stop last year’s Gulf oil spill and the owner of the rig that exploded, alleging that negligence helped cause the disaster.
The blowout preventer that failed to stop last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill hadn’t been tested to see if it could cut through a bent drill pipe, said a senior official of the company that made the device.
Firewalls are the main barriers between an organization’s internal and external networks. Over the past 25 years, they have become the foundation of perimeter security and there are those that consider them commodity products.
Automation systems remain vulnerable and exposed. Past experiences like Stuxnet and last month’s revelations about SCADA system vulnerabilities show networks are sitting ducks to any aggressive and sophisticated attack.
When it comes time to talk about security plans, it becomes so easy to cry the proverbial “Wolf!” “Everyone will be hit. You are playing with fire. Disaster is just around the corner.” The cries are tedious and you can do it so...
A new defense for killer intrusions to corporate networks and industrial control systems presumes that external firewalls won’t work at all times. Eventually enemy viruses will get to the soft side of all systems where hackers...
As the electrical work environment becomes more hazardous, the need for arc flash, electrical transient, and electrical shock protection increases. Standards are cited and advice follows for ways to lower risk.