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  • Retaining robustness for 'Etherbus' (2021/10/18 18:38)
    Some key fieldbus functionalities should be preserved in field Ethernet implementations
  • Electric distribution reclosers can be cyber compromised to cause devastating wildfires (2021/10/16 21:25)

    October 13, 2021, the San Jose Mercury News had the following headline: “High-wire act for PG&E: balancing safety, reliability”. PG&E is facing lawsuits and pleaded guilty to 84 counts of voluntary manslaughter in a 2018 blaze that nearly destroyed the town of Paradise. Consequently, PG&E is taking a zero-tolerance approach to “arcing,” which happens when an electric current along the line is interrupted and jumps through the air, releasing sparks. To prevent arcing, lines now shut down using distribution reclosers at the first sign of interrupted power. There is a connection between extreme drought, wildfires, and cyber threats. The more operations that occur with the reclosers, the higher the possibility of arcing causing sparks resulting in fires. However, when protection is setup correctly, distribution reclosers can provide reliability and reduce arcing assuming cyber protections are addressed. Unfortunately, distribution reclosers and other distribution devices are not being addressed for cyber security as the NERC CIP cyber security standards continue to consider electric distribution as out-of-scope.  There is a need to better understand the cyber vulnerabilities of electric distribution equipment and to develop appropriate policies, procedures, and regulations before there are more devastating wildfires caused by these devices.

  • Electric distribution reclosers can be cyber compromised to cause devastating wildfires (2021/10/16 20:59)

    October 13, 2021, the San Jose Mercury News had the following headline: “High-wire act for PG&E: balancing safety, reliability”. PG&E is facing lawsuits and pleaded guilty to 84 counts of voluntary manslaughter in a 2018 blaze that nearly destroyed the town of Paradise. Consequently, PG&E is taking a zero-tolerance approach to “arcing,” which happens when an electric current along the line is interrupted and jumps through the air, releasing sparks. To prevent arcing, lines now shut down using distribution reclosers at the first sign of interrupted power. There is a connection between extreme drought, wildfires, and cyber threats. The more operations that occur with the reclosers, the higher the possibility of arcing causing sparks resulting in fires. However, when protection is setup correctly, distribution reclosers can provide reliability and reduce arcing assuming cyber protections are addressed. Unfortunately, distribution reclosers and other distribution devices are not being addressed for cyber security as the NERC CIP cyber security standards continue to consider electric distribution as out-of-scope.  There is a need to better understand the cyber vulnerabilities of electric distribution equipment and to develop appropriate policies, procedures, and regulations before there are more devastating wildfires caused by these devices.

  • Let’s plan for Ethernet-APL success (2021/10/15 19:02)
    The new, high-speed option for field communications must coexist with technologies for years to come. The ability to extend HART-IP to high-speed instrumentation over Ethernet-APL is an essential aspect of industry’s path forward
  • The forces reshaping tomorrow’s distributed control system (2021/10/12 20:37)
    A Control Amplified podcast with Mark Taft, Group Vice President, ABB
  • Emerson to accelerate software strategy in transaction with AspenTech (2021/10/12 18:57)
    Emerson and AspenTech have entered into a definitive agreement to contribute Emerson’s industrial software businesses – OSI Inc. and the Geological Simulation Software business – to AspenTech to create a diversified, high-performance industrial software leader with greater scale, capabilities and technologies, which will retain the same name.
  • Suppliers reboot supply chain mission (2021/10/07 00:21)
    Emerson, Honeywell, Rockwell Automation and Siemens weigh in digitalization and other supply chain remedies
  • How instrumentation is addressing food & beverage industry needs (2021/10/05 23:47)
    A Control Amplified podcast with Ola Wesstrom, Food & Beverage Industry Marketing Manager, Endress+Hauser USA
  • Iran is aware of electric substation cyber threats and vulnerabilities (2021/09/29 22:27)

    Mojtaba S. is a project manager, consultant, and industrial security specialist for the Electric Industry of Iran for the past 8 years. His well-written article, “Detecting Cyber Intrusions in Substation Networks,” demonstrates detailed knowledge of electric substation designs, protocols, and cyber vulnerabilities.  Russia compromised a US water system and has been in the U.S. grids since 2014. China has compromised control system supply chains and has installed hardware backdoors in large electric transformers. Iran attacked the Bowman Street Dam in New York and has demonstrated detailed understanding of substation cyber threats. Any thoughts that Russia, China, and Iran are technically unaware of how to attack the US critical infrastructures is clearly misinformed.

  • Reimagining maintenance through connected systems (2021/09/28 17:21)
    Once you know what to fix, how do you ensure that your maintenance team has ready access to the information it needs to execute the necessary repairs both quickly and effectively? In this episode, Control editor Keith Larson talks about Emerson’s efforts to help reimagine maintenance workflows through the...
  • IIOT session on control system cyber security – Why hasn’t control system cyber security been solved yet? (2021/09/27 20:36)

    October 6, 2021, 2-2:55pmEastern, I will be moderating a session on control system cyber security entitled “Why haven’t we solved control system cyber security yet?”  The session was originally entitled “Protection for SCADA systems, plant control systems, PLCs, and other field control devices”. However, the title and session direction changed when it was recognized that it has been almost 25 years since Presidential Decision Directive (PDD) 63 was issued to secure the critical infrastructures and there are still issues on how to reach the right decision makers/users on control system cyber security. Panelists include Richard Ku from Trend Micro, Trish McGill from iLionx, and Derek Harp from CS2ai. The link for the session can be found at https://cybersecurity2021.iiotday.com/session/protection-for-scada-systems-plant-control-systems-plc-other-field-control-system-devices/

     

  • COVID-19 spurs Industry 4.0 (2021/09/24 22:05)
    Experts at Honeywell, Pepper+Fuchs and Yokogawa describe how the pandemic is fueling IIoT, cloud-computing and other types of digitalization
  • The Promise of Single Pair Ethernet (2021/09/24 21:52)
    Single pair Ethernet is a transformative technology forthcoming for manufacturers and process plant facilities. For the manufacturing space, a model for success has been set by the automakers and their ecosystem of suppliers with the development and adoption of SPE for in-vehicle networks.
  • A new era for alkylation: Ionic liquid alkylation – ISOALKY Process Technology (2021/09/24 21:28)
    This research report from Honeywell takes a deep dive into the advantages of using ISOALKY, the next-generation alkylation technology, and provides clear insight for future refineries to make better investment decisions through the UOP E6 framework.
  • 5 critical questions to ask before choosing a new HMI/SCADA software system (2021/09/24 21:12)
    Not all SCADA systems are created equal. Nor do all charge equal fees for licensing, support and add-on functionalities. Further, some SCADA systems might look good on the surface, but as you examine them more closely you may find that the system in fact does not suit the needs of...
  • Modern HMI/SCADA guidebook for efficient operations (2021/09/24 20:49)
    Precisely monitor, control, and visualize your operations for intelligent control using new high performance HMI/SCADA. With a quick glance, operators know what's important and the right actions to drive increased efficiency and reduced costs.
  • Electroacoustic transducers and systems (often used to measure tank level) are not the same as electronic components (2021/09/24 20:45)
    This paper examines the complexity of ultrasonic & sonar sensing devices and challenges the misconception that transducers are a commodity component that anyone is qualified to build, buy, or sell. All transducers are not created equal. Reputable electroacoustic transducers are complex structures that can operate for decades without obsolescence.
  • High-precision non-invasive temperature measurement (2021/09/24 20:36)
    This white paper presents ABB’s new TSP341-N temperature sensor for non-invasive temperature measurement and provides examples for applications and accuracies that can be achieved. Topics covered include:
  • Java-based HMI/SCADA: Is it worth the risk? (2021/09/24 19:44)
    Java-based HMI/SCADA systems offer an OS-independent product. However, some Java-based HMI/SCADA systems come with disadvantages and risk. You can lower your risk with stable, feature-rich solutions such as GE Digital’s iFIX and CIMPLICITY.
  • Leadership & the future of work (2021/09/23 22:36)
    Whether it's a global pandemic, inclement weather conditions, or other unforeseen challenges, being a good leader is key to making it through difficult times. In this episode, Jay Richards, a member of the founding team and senior consultant at Denison Consulting, returns to the show to discuss a little...
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  • Is it time to switch to non-invasive measurement? (2021/10/12 12:55)

    Thermowells have long been considered the best solution for measuring temperature in industrial applications. Dr. Guruprasad Sosale explains how developments in non-invasive temperature measurement are offering new possibilities for comparable performance while cutting the time, cost and disruption associated with setting up new measurement points.
  • Reliable through-process temperature surveys from hostile environments (2021/10/12 12:50)

    Fluke Process Instruments has introduced the latest Datapaq Furnace Tracker System – complete with the TP6 data logger, thermal barriers and software.
  • Configure and monitor IO-Link devices via smart devices (2021/10/12 12:46)

    The new IO-Link Bluetooth adaptor from ifm electronic enables IO-Link devices to be readily accessed using a standard smartphone, providing a fast and convenient way of parameterising the devices, as well as making it easy to monitor their operation.
  • The pandemic effect (2021/10/12 12:40)

    Ravi Gopinath discusses the effects that the past 18 months have had on the speed of digitalisation across the industrial sector.

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