DCS, SCADA, Controllers
Helping with hybrid operational technology implementations, Stratus’ ztC Edge is a zero-touch, fully virtualized and self-protecting computing platform, specifically designed for industrial edge environments. Courtesy: Stratus Technologies
DCS, SCADA, Controllers March 8, 2019

10 best practices for edge computing

When choosing, installing, and using an edge computing device for a manufacturing or process facility application, these 10 best practices can help.

By Mark T. Hoske
Siemens has 20 MindSphere application centers, with more than 300 partners in the ecosystem. The system, using an open API driver, works on Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure systems and will be available in China on Alibaba cloud (August release expected), as explained at ARC Forum 2019. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media
DCS, SCADA, Controllers March 4, 2019

Manufacturing and process facility trends: Digitalization

Technology update: Digitalization was are among key trends for manufacturing and process facilities highlighted in the media session at ARC Forum 2019.

By Mark T. Hoske
DCS, SCADA, Controllers March 4, 2019

Manufacturing and process facility trends: Cybersecurity

Technology update: Cybersecurity remains a key concern for manufacturing and process facilities as explained in the media session at ARC Forum 2019.

By Mark T. Hoske
Knowledge from multiple field trials will help shape the final Open Process Automation standard in 2021, so commercial process control vendors can comply, as explained at the 2019 ARC Industry Forum by David DeBari, process control engineer, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media
DCS, SCADA, Controllers March 3, 2019

Up next: More open process automation?

Process automation systems need lower lifecycle costs, easier integration with third-party components, better scaling, intrinsic security, flatter architecture, and interoperability. Multiple, broad-based efforts are underway to create cooperative, rather than conflicting, standards.

By Mark T. Hoske
Edge computing simplifies an infrastructure by mapping once at the edge and delivering data in a more efficient way, with message queuing telemetry transport (MQTT). Courtesy: Inductive Automation
DCS, SCADA, Controllers February 28, 2019

New edge computing opportunities available for manufacturers

Edge computing brings data faster to users as well as provide new possibilities for analysis and enhancing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

By Travis Cox
Emerson Automation DeltaV V14 Cybersecurity-certified Control System won a 2019 Engineers’ Choice Award in the Process Control System category. Courtesy: Emerson Automation
DCS, SCADA, Controllers February 14, 2019

Distributed control system design attributes that help implementation and use

Process control systems: A distributed control system (DCS) should help users innovate with greater automation system usability and functionality.

By Bob Halgren
Upgraded devices, systems, and software can bring more data for better decision-making. Courtesy: Inductive Automation
DCS, SCADA, Controllers February 11, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles February 4-10

Articles about upgrading hardware and software, the 2019 Engineers' Choice awards, DCS migration challenges, cybersecurity for IIoT robots, and the System Integration Giants were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 4-10. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Figure 1: According to a survey by the Eclipse Foundation, messaging queuing telemetry transport (MQTT) is the most-used messaging protocol for an IoT solution. Courtesy: Eclipse Foundation Inc.
DCS, SCADA, Controllers February 1, 2019

Control Engineering hot topics, January 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in January 2019 included stories about MQTT's role as an IoT transport, the 2019 System Integrator Giants, industrial controller selection, the future of IIoT software, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Upgraded devices, systems, and software can bring more data for better decision-making. Courtesy: Inductive Automation
DCS, SCADA, Controllers January 30, 2019

Upgrading your hardware, software systems

An open, interoperable approach allows companies to get best-in-class solutions for hardware and software upgrades. See 10 reasons to upgrade process controls.

By Travis Cox
DTE Calvert City (DTECC) in Kentucky chose Cross Company to migrate the APACS DCS to a full Siemens PCS 7 system implementation. Courtesy: Siemens Industry Inc.
DCS, SCADA, Controllers January 30, 2019

Case study: DCS migration challenges and obstacles for process manufacturer

An industrial utility service company in Kentucky needed to upgrade and migrate its distributed control system (DCS), which came with a few challenges.

By Josh Dalzell