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Smart I/O systems vs. fieldbus networks
Smart I/O systems vs. fieldbus networks

Over the last few years, one-by-one, major process control system suppliers have been introducing new field I/O systems that offer some sort of simplified wiring scheme and easier configurability. (See article from January 2013 at the bottom.) These new systems are far less complex than traditional analog field... Read More

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Providing secure remote access to industrial Ethernet networks
Providing secure remote access to industrial Ethernet networks

The introduction of Ethernet to the plant floor brings with it lots of benefits, notably a more open architecture that allows connectivity to plant devices and management tools from pretty much... Read More

Modeling software for refinery, petrochemical operators
Modeling software for refinery, petrochemical operators

Honeywell has released RPMS 500, which is an enhancement of its Refinery and Petrochemical Modeling System (RPMS). It is designed to improve model building and maintenance, case... Read More

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Software patching is vital to secure operations, but introduces more risks
Software patching is vital to secure operations, but introduces more risks

It's common to think of security updates as self-contained packages, as if the latest anti-virus or Microsoft Windows update was simply a new feature that gets added to the security stack, keeping... Read More

DCS migration: Batch or S88 style application?
DCS migration: Batch or S88 style application?

I just finished supporting a batch process startup where the client chose to not continue using the same batch application as the rest of their facility. This plant area had previously been... Read More

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Balancing secure networks and process control systems access
Balancing secure networks and process control systems access

Our friends in the information technology (IT) field that take care of the business networks talk a... Read More

Migration projects: Incorporating the 'old' into the 'new'
Migration projects: Incorporating the 'old' into the 'new'

I’m currently in the midst of a migration project from an obsolete distributed control system (DCS)... Read More

Identifying a clear scope, target to increase achievability
Identifying a clear scope, target to increase achievability

After 24 years of implementing controls projects, I’m something of a control freak. I have this... Read More

Enhancing piping, instrumentation diagrams to fit your needs
Enhancing piping, instrumentation diagrams to fit your needs

When I start work on a project, the first thing I do is get an understanding of the process that... Read More

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