Keeping standards up to date with technology: Industrial robot safety standards remain in development to help lower risk for those integrating, implementing, using and maintaining robotics.
ANSI B11.20-2017 increases worker safety with added processes for those working on or near integrated manufacturing systems (IMS).
The Industrial Internet Consortium's (IIC's) Industrial Internet Vocabulary Technical Report version 2.0 aligns interdependent terms, eliminates unnecessary terms, and adds new relevant terms.
Market update: Honeywell expands process automation and instrumentation products and channels to continue to augment growth in the next three years, according to Control Engineering China.
Yokogawa's updated Stardom network-based control system supports Microsoft Windows 10 and has been enhanced for oil and gas well and pipeline operations.
A draft update to the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity provides details on managing cyber supply chain risks, clarifies key terms, and introduces measurement methods for cybersecurity.
The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) announced the publication of version 1.8 of the Industrial Internet Reference Architecture (IIRA), which incorporates rapidly emerging Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies, concepts, and applications.
CAN in Automation (CiA) has released a version of the CiA 402-2 CANopen profile for drives and motion controllers and they've also released CiA 402-6, which described process data object (PDO) mapping for CANopen FD.
Kepware Technologies KEPServerEX version 5.21 software upgrade is designed to extend the connectivity options available within KEPServerEX and introduces the ThingWorx native client interface, a fully-integrated solution designed to provide rapid connection to industrial things.
Speaking from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, American Petroleum Institute (API) president and CEO Jack Gerard nudged candidates from both parties on why a strong energy policy was important to the continued growth of the industry.
Schneider Electric's PlantStruxure PES V4.2 integrates features of the company's Modicon M580 ePAC and is designed for the water/wastewater, mining, minerals and metals, specialty chemicals, power generation, and food and beverage industries.
MathWorks' Release 2016a (R2016A) features the Live Editor, which modifies and writes code in an interactive environment, as well as features for Simulink.
Opto 22's groov 3.1 is designed to help engineers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) build custom mobile smartphone and tablet interfaces for their automation systems and IoT applications.
Engineering and IT Insight: The way Microsoft is updating its Microsoft Windows 10 operating system, the ball is out of the user’s court. Instead, Microsoft has installed an automated ball machine that fires when it wants, even if the user isn’t ready. This new update scheme may wreak havoc for many mission-critical systems. Read this to know “why I should test” and why “Disable automatic updates.”
When a controls programmer has make a live update to an already running process, it is best to follow strict procedures and best practices to mitigate risks and ensure success when making these changes.
An updated edition of the repair of motors and generators by ANSI/EASA describes industry best practices for the repair, rewinding, and testing of electrical apparatus for ac and dc motors and generators.
InduSoft Web Studio v8.0 offers enhanced IoT and interface capabilities for use on smartphones, tablets, revision control, and application lifecycle management.
Upgrading human-machine interface (HMI) hardware, software, and applications can be an efficient process with limited required development time if these recommendations are followed. See before and after HMI photos.
Inside Machines: Machine vision standards advance at the spring G3 meeting of the EMVA, AIA, JIIA, and VDMA machine vision associations; nine criteria help with selecting standards.
When industrial control systems (ICS) are compromised by cyber security threats, the U.S. government provides a confidential way to share knowledge of the threat and get help. ICS-CERT helps mitigate cyber risk in control systems and embedded systems including vendor testing, on-site assessments, and training. Jeff Gray, with the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, outlines the latest industrial control system security issues and cyber security recommendations from the Cyber Emergency Response Team (CERT), at the 2015 CSIA Executive Conference.
Mobile app platform updates include email notification, simulated tag database, low-cost enhancements
Opto 22's groov 3.0 is an update to the platform with added features like email event notifications, enhancements to the interface development environment, and options to select the platform most suitable for the user.
Moxa's EDR-810 industrial 10-port secure router has received a firmware update designed to enhance cyber security for transparent firewall functionality and the providing of real-time event notification.
OSHA is seeking public comment regarding current practices and future methods for updating PELs. A national dialogue with stakeholders will launch on ways to prevent work-related illness caused by exposure to hazardous substances.
NIST's 3.0 framework update aims to transform the aging U.S. electric power system into an interoperable Smart Grid—a network that will integrate information and communication technologies.
While PID control is often used because of its adaptability to a wide range of applications and operating conditions, there are several common problems that occur during the PID tuning process. Automatic and adaptive tuning can reduce the time and frustration often involved in reaching the correct tuning parameters for a given operation.