Systems

Avoid startup surprises in control system migration

by Bill Fester on November 7, 2017

in DCS, Systems

Take advantage of some cutover commissioning tips and tricks You’re ready. Installation is complete. Your distributed control system (DCS) modernization project nears its end. The control loops of the distillation column have been in manual for the last four hours to allow a hot cutover to the new DCS. The project engineering team said the […]

Submitted by Joe Weiss on Wed, 11/01/2017 – 09:24 From Control Global The 17th ICS Cyber Security Conference was held 10/23-26/17 in Atlanta. The detailed agenda can be found at www.icscybersecurityconference.com. CyberWire covered the Conference and provided daily commentary – https://thecyberwire.com/events/ics-security/safety-and-availability.html   Enclosed are my thoughts on selected issues: – This is the largest ICS […]

The greatest source of process control knowledge

by Bill Fester on October 26, 2017

in DCS

A tribute to thought leader and Control Process Automation Hall of Fame member Greg Shinskey   Home / Articles / 2017 / The greatest source of process control knowledge The greatest source of process control knowledge A tribute to thought leader and Control Process Automation Hall of Fame member Greg Shinskey The teachings and writings […]

From Control Online Submitted by Joe Weiss on Wed, 10/18/2017 – 15:21 October 13, 2017, Andy Greenberg from Wired Magazine wrote an article: “Hacking a Power Grid in Three (Not So Easy Steps)”.  The gist of the article was that it would take a significant amount of work and even then it would be difficult […]

Why It’s REALLY Hard To Find The Right Expertise

by Bill Fester on October 16, 2017

in Chemical, DCS, Jobs

Below is a posting from INDEED, the jobs board, of an ad posted by Occidental Chemicals. The ad spends an extraordinary amount of space on how great it is to work for Oxy with it being such a “growing, action-oriented” company. Fact is, there’s a lot of grandiose self promoting terms which are lush and […]

Here’s an ad from BASF posted on INDEED. Extraordinary amounts of effort put into all of the right politically correct buzzwords from an HR standpoint. But instead of actual descriptions of WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING, it’s mostly just fluff. Here again, NO actual mention of which DCS you’ll be involved with.  The number of hours […]

WASHINGTON —  The recent WannaCry computer virus infected more than 230,000 computers in more than 150 countries. It is not yet clear who was behind the ransomware attack that affected organizations, hospitals and telecom companies worldwide, but it was hardly unexpected. Months earlier, filmmaker Alex Gibney released his documentary Zero Days, in which he warns […]

Cyberattacks on Industrial Controls

by Bill Fester on June 8, 2017

in Industries, SCADA, Systems

by Armani Ballesteros Recent statistics have shown that, on average, over half a million cyberattacks occur every minute. The most recent attempts being on a global scale. SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) is architectural software used to control and monitor industrial plants. Unfortunately, most of SCADA software used is hosted in Windows OS. This […]

New IIoT- and cloud-enabled digital tools and services give petroleum refiners new avenues to increase profitability and safety, but also require greater attention to cybersecurity By Scott Jenkins While several forces are creating conditions in which U.S. petroleum refiners can thrive in 2017 and beyond, success and profitability are not guaranteed (see U.S. refining outlook […]

Billion Smart Factory Market 2017 DUBLIN, April 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Smart Factory Market by Technology (DCS, PLC, MES, ERP, SDADA, PAM, HMI, PLM), Component (Sensors, Industrial Robots, Machine Vision Systems, Industrial 3D Printing), End-User Industry, and Region – Global Forecast to 2022” report to their […]