Networking & Security - Cyber Security

Security breaches on the rise

A new study reported no decrease in the number of network security events or breaches last year. » more

3D control room design console software

Winsted's WELS4 is a 3D software program designed to improve the interactivity and speed of control... » more

Ethernet for automation

Get network infrastructure help, choose the right Ethernet protocol, get along with IT, and... » more

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, July 7-13: PID, radio frequencies, PID math, more

Articles about tuning PID control loops, radio frequencies, PID math, programming PLCs, and... » more

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, June 10 to July 10: PID, ASM-compliant HMIs, PLCs, more

Articles about tuning PID control loops, ASM-compliant HMIs, programming PLCs, PID math, and... » more

Security as fundamental as safety

Compromised technology means it is not safe, causing trouble for manufacturers.  » more

EtherNet/IP: Ethernet for automation

In deploying industrial Ethernet, plant engineers and IT departments should use an Ethernet... » more

Security ranked as a top challenge facing automation

What automation professional can expect in the years to come with cyber security. » more

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Industrial Networking: Introduction to Networking

Doug Bell introduces Chris Harris. Networks communicate in several ways including by wire, wireless, and fiber optics. Various standards such as RS-232, RS-422, RS-485 and Ethernet come with the particular device being...

Industrial Networking: Basics of RS-232

The RS-232 standard allows for communication between two devices in either a master-slave or master-master configuration. A master-master configuration does not require the cables to be changed however the hardware needs to...

Industrial Networking: RS-232 Media and Hardware

All types of connectors are found with RS-232 with no set standard, zip links are a solution especially in long distance (up to 50 feet) applications. DTE and DCE devices require different wiring configurations. The device...

Industrial Networking: Networking Protocol Basics

A compatible wiring scheme does not mean two devices can communication with each other, they need the same language. In a network, there must be a device that produces a signal for the network to work, cannot have two slave...

Industrial Networking: Basics of RS-422

The RS-422 standard allows use with up to 11 devices and 4000 feet of wire. The standard is commonly confused with RS-485 and can even work with RS-485 devices. RS-422 is not widely supported. Long-time automation trainer Doug...

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Cyber Security Research

Control Engineering 2014 Cyber Security Study

Cyber threats to control systems are high, frequencies of... » more

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Cyber Security Video Series

Cyber Security: Technology Review

A very fast paced look at many types of hardware...

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Avoid the worst control system ever

Automation System Integration Blog: Nobody wants to get a screaming... » more

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