2014 Webcast Series


Wireless Mobility

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 11 a.m. PT /1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET
One (1) RCEP / ACEC Certified Professional Development Hour (PDH) available for all attendees.

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A Standards-Based Approach to the Industrial Physical Network

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Original broadcast was April 3, 2014

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Were we just hacked? Applying digital forensic techniques for your industrial control systems 

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Original broadcast was January 30, 2014
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Industrial Ethernet, Part 2: Case Studies

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Original broadcast was November 21, 2013
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Industrial Ethernet case studies provide lessons learned as detailed in specific installations to gain practical advice from working installations, to ensure your next application uses the best practices to maximize benefits in a minimum amount of time. Ethernet survey results will be discussed. An exam and certificate are available for one professional development hour (PDH), according to Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP) rules from the American Council of Engineering Companies.

Attendees will learn:

Also covered will be research and trends on routers, switches, pace of adoption, use of Ethernet in motion control and in process industries.

After the presentation, a live question and answer session will be held that’s then included in the archived version.

Presenter: Steve Schneebeli, director of engineering/IT, Malisko Engineering

Moderator and Presenter: Mark T. Hoske, content manager, Control Engineering, CFE Media, covering industrial networking, among other topics, since 1994. He presents industrial Ethernet survey results related to applications.

Industrial Ethernet, Part 1: Technologies will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14. Click here for more information and to register for part 1 of this Webcast series.

Event Sponsor: Turck, Hilscher


Human Factors and their Impact on Plant Safety

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Original broadcast was November 19, 2013

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History is full of technology breakthroughs, all striving to increase productivity and efficiency, from the steam engine and the telegraph; we’ve seen technology changing the way we get things done, sometimes in a disruptive way.

Most recently mission critical computing systems have been introduced in manufacturing processes and automated tasks, resulting in increased safety and productivity during normal operation, but can these technologies help keep the plant safe during abnormal process conditions? That’s where technology can support but not replace humans. The industry relies on human ability to respond to the unexpected, to handle the odd conditions and ask the right questions to fix the problems at hand.

Today, when operators are loaded with numerous activities, is it reasonable to expect they’ll be able to respond appropriately to all conditions? What are the human elements that should be taken in to consideration in the design and implementation of modern automation systems? This presentation discusses some of the capabilities available in a modern automation system and how to apply technology to support decision making and help humans handle the abnormal situations in a safe and effective manner. 

Questions this presentation answers:

  1. Why do we need humans in Industrial facilities?
  2. What are the advantages in Industrial Automation that can improve the effectiveness of operators?
  3. What are the advantages in Industrial Automation that can improve the safety of plant operations?
  4. What are the human factors we are concerned with in Industrial facilities?

Speakers: 

Moderator: Peter Welander, Control Engineering and CFE Media 

Join the discussion about this Webcast on Twitter at #humansimpactsafety

Sponsor: ABB  


Industrial Ethernet, Part 1: Technologies

Now available for viewing on-demand.
Original broadcast was November 14, 2013
One (1) RCEP / ACEC Certified Professional Development Hour (PDH) available for all attendees.

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Industrial Ethernet implementations continue to gain traction on the plant floor and in process plants. What are the key industrial Ethernet technologies being installed today and why? Learn from automation system integrators about criteria used to choose types of switches, cabling, and topologies being applied for industrial Ethernet applications. Ethernet survey results are discussed. An exam and certificate are available for one professional development hour (PDH), according to Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP) rules from the American Council of Engineering Companies.

Attendees will learn how to:

Also covered will be Control Engineering research results on Ethernet spending trends, on Ethernet products and services, productivity, who works on Ethernet, protocol use, extent of integration with automation, and benefits.

After the presentation, a live question and answer session will be held that’s then included in the archived version.

Presenter: Mike Robbins, Network Engineering Manager, TriCore Inc., provides information for the Control Engineering webcast, Industrial Ethernet, Part 1: Technologies.

Control Engineering's Industrial Ethernet webcast on technologies includes system integration expert Mike Robbins, network engineering manager at TriCore Inc. and an IT industry veteran with 24 years of experience. Mike Robbins is network engineering manager at TriCore Inc. Robbins oversees the design and implementation of industrial Ethernet networks for a diverse mix of TriCore customers. He has focused his career on IT networking during the past 15 years and earned a certified network administrator certification in 2002. Robbins also has been involved in industrial networking for more than five years, including as a senior field network engineer for an industrial Ethernet switch manufacturer. TriCore is a system integration firm based in Racine, WI.

Moderator and Presenter: Mark T. Hoske, content manager, Control Engineering, CFE Media, covering industrial networking, among other topics, since 1994. He presents industrial Ethernet survey results related to technologies.

Industrial Ethernet, Part 2: Case Study Applications will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21. Click here for more information and to register for part 2 of this Webcast series.

Sponsors:
Advantech, Eaton, MOXA, PCN Technology


Design and Deployment Best Practices for a Reliable Fiber Optic Network

Now available for viewing on-demand.
Original broadcast was October 22, 2013

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Avoid EMI while achieving longer distances and higher performance utilizing fiber optics for EtherNet/IP networks across manufacturing zones and devices. In this Webcast, you’ll hear about physical layer best practices and understand proper fiber media selection for each physical layer in the EtherNet/IP network. We will review design recommendations and considerations to help you successfully deploy a robust and secure plant-wide implementation of EtherNet/IP.

Speaker: Robert Reid, Senior Product Development Manager, Fiber Products Division, Panduit Corp.

Moderator: Mark T. Hoske, Content Manager for Control Engineering

Sponsor: Panduit


The Need for Speed—Best Practices in Deploying EtherNet/IP Networks

Now available for viewing on-demand.
Original broadcast was July 31, 2013.

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Whether updating existing systems or planning plant expansions, the amount of development and implementation rework time can be costly. A"pre-built" building block approach can reduce deployment time up to 75%. In this session, you’ll learn how deploying an Allen Bradley Stratix 8000TM or Stratix 5700TM in a validated, pretested integrated zone system enables your EtherNet/IP network architecture reducing downtime and cost.

Speakers:

Paul Herbst, Panduit Corp.:

Mark Devonshire, Rockwell Automation:

Moderator: Mark T. Hoske, Content Manager for Control Engineering

Sponsor:
 Panduit


Cyber Security

Now available for viewing on-demand.
Original broadcast was June 13, 2013.
One (1) RCEP / ACEC Certified Professional Development Hour (PDH) available for all attendees.
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In 2009, Control Engineering released a survey to determine how industrial users perceive threats to their networks, and what steps they’ve taken to defend against cyber attackers. The results then suggested that companies were moving slowly in recognizing threats and preparing defenses, and one out of four industrial users reported that they saw no potential cyber threats that could affect their businesses. Much has happened in that world over the last four years, including Stuxnet and other high-profile disturbances in a variety of industries.
So the question is, have those perceptions changed in the face of what seems to be a more threatening landscape? A new cyber security perceptions and practices survey, available now, duplicates many of the questions from 2009, along with a few new ones that have emerged with the evolving picture. Take the survey here. How do you see the threat? How are you building your defenses?
The results of this new survey will be discussed by two industrial cyber security experts, Matt Luallen and Tim Conway, in a free webcast on June 13, and will be the basis for a Control Engineering article. Luallen is a cyber security trainer and consultant with Cybati and regular contributor to Control Engineering. Conway recently joined the SANS Institute as technical director, ICS and SCADA. Prior to that, he was director of NERC compliance and operations technology at NIPSCO. Peter Welander, Control Engineering editor, will moderate the discussion. The participants will provide situational analysis and suggestions based on the responses. You can make your voice heard in the discussion, and pick up some practical pointers for protecting yourself. When you register for the webcast, please include questions or specific topics you would like to see the presenters address.

Speakers:

-- Matt Luallen , Cyber Security Trainer and Consultant with Cybati
-- Tim Conway, Technical Director, ICS and SCADA with SANS Institute

Moderator:
Peter Welander, Content Manager and Moderator, Control Engineering

Sponsors:
Belden, Honeywell


Changing the Face of Industrial HMI

Now available for viewing on-demand.
Original broadcast was April 10, 2013

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Recently, industrial HMI has undergone significant technological developments. Wide-screen and multi-touch innovations will not only change the face of traditional HMIs but also enable HMIs to be used in an increasingly diverse range of markets. Through this webcast participants will learn about the benefits and possible issues of the next generation HMIs; emerging opportunities and how they’ll affect different parts of the industry. Ideas will presented from a leading editor, an HMI platform provider, and an end user so that you can get a clear picture of what the new face of industrial HMI looks like and how you can take advantage of the new developments.

Learning objectives for this webcast:

             -    new application scenario
             -    operator experience
             -    new graphical user interface
             -    innovative panel platforms

Speaker: Jonney Chang, Director of Advantech, Industrial Automation Group

Sponsor: Advantech


Wireless Industrial Applications

Now available for viewing on-demand.
Original broadcast was March 14, 2013
One (1) RCEP / ACEC Certified Professional Development Hour (PDH) available for all attendees.
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Year after year, updates in industrial wireless technologies are among most popular Control Engineering articles and Webcasts. Experts will provide assessments of industrial wireless projects and lessons learned. An exam and certificate are available for one professional development hour (PDH), according to Registered Continuing Education Program rules (from the American Council of Engineering Companies).

Learning objectives for this industrial wireless webcast are to understand:
• Overview of industrial wireless technologies (ISA100, HART Wireless, WiFi, WiMax), including economics and how to develop a new engineering mindset
• Engineering decision criteria, including essential requirements and desired requirements
• Need for a long-term wireless strategy
• Specifications downfalls when evaluating radio aspects of the technology
• Rapid prototyping of wireless
in an industrial environment
• Define best practices to RF design in complex/harsh RF (radio frequency) environments, such as manufacturing/industrial/power generation facilities
• Review real examples of wireless sensor deployments in industrial environments for workforce efficiency and condition-based monitoring.

Speakers:

-Stephen Muenstermann, RoviSys Building Technologies, DC market manager previously served as the leader of wireless field solutions for a major automation company for North America and the global interface for all industrial wireless infrastructure. He has more than 10 years of experience in industrial applications, after having begun with radio frequency and communications military intelligence overseas, continuing with industrial instrumentation and commercial wireless technologies. He has written white papers and articles on wireless security, regulatory issues resolved, enterprise wireless inventory management, remote SCADA, OSHA wireless safety, and data center BMS infrastructure management, among other topics. He has consulted with major refinery, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, mission critical infrastructure, ethanol, chemical, municipal and other industries in development of wireless strategies. He has conducted more than 300 seminars on industrial wireless technology. [Answers to questions from the industrial wireless Q&A and an augmented Adobe PDF presentation from Muenstermann are available here.]  www.rovisysbt.com  

-Damon Brady, SAIC Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, section manager- Damon Brady, SAIC Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, section manager, has more than 15 years of technical and managerial experience in network communications and critical infrastructure services, including 10 years of experience leading network design, implementation, and integration processes for utility, energy, and public safety clients. He has expertise in telecommunications voice and data network architectures, including fiber optics, wireless local area network, point-to-point, and point-to-multipoint wireless radio technology. Brady has significant experience developing wireless and wireline communications solutions that form the basis of core infrastructures connecting critical components in smart grid infrastructures.

-Douglas Bowers, senior project manager, SAIC Energy, Environment & Infrastructure- Douglas Bowers, SAIC Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, senior project manager, has more than 15 years of experience in system integration for communication and network systems. He specializes in working with clients to identify requirements and write specifications, then taking specifications and working with SAIC development teams from design through testing/delivery. The last several years have been spent in the rapid prototyping and development of new sensor systems for industrial environments with emphasis on nuclear generation and critical infrastructure, such as airports. www.saic.com/EEandI 

Moderator:
Mark T. Hoske, webcast moderator, has been content manager for Control Engineering since 1994, and has authored or edited scores of articles relating to industrial wireless technologies. He’s written about automation technology topics since 1987.

Sponsored by:
Advantech, Moxa