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Apr 02, 2019 | Written by Chuck Rainville | Culturally Different

Millions of Revolutions (the pedaling kind) In The Green Mountain State-Part 5

After the jump start I got off to in the Spring when I completed 18 more towns in my quest to discover and cycle all the paved roads of the Vermont Official Road Map, I had roads in 21 remaining towns and cities to complete by the time of the calendar flip to June.

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Mar 28, 2019 | Written by Julie Gruenholz | Process Control and Plant Automation, Cybersecurity

6 Steps to Secure Your Industrial Control System

Digital security is a big deal these days. Your whole plant is run by computers. Computers break, software gets corrupted and voila, your whole plant is down and you’re hemorrhaging cash.

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Mar 26, 2019 | Written by Dan Laird | Arc Flash and Electrical Safety, MEP Engineering

Medium Voltage Systems


Background

Medium Voltage (MV) is typically defined as the range of 600-100,000V. In standard voltages, this includes 4160V systems up to 69kV systems even though most equipment ratings stop at 38kV.

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Mar 25, 2019 | Written by Shawn Gwin | Process Control and Plant Automation, Toxic Gas Monitoring Systems, Manufacturing Intelligence

When a screwdriver just won’t do… Building custom software tools for the job


Custom software applications can provide great benefit to plant automation and engineering teams. Any task that includes the management of large amounts of data, repetitive entries or utilizes the same information in multiple places lends itself to developing software that can automate these activities.  The benefits from a well

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Mar 21, 2019 | Written by Ray Racine | Process Control and Plant Automation

Isolated Remote Site Deployments - Man Camp Part 3 – Recap, Lessons Learned and Recommendations


In Part 1  and Part 2, I covered general preparation and site-specific preparations for Remote Site Deployments.  In part 3, I would like to briefly recap that information and share with you some lessons learned from my own Man Camp experiences.

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Mar 14, 2019 | Written by Julie Gruenholz | Process Control and Plant Automation, Cybersecurity

OT Network Design and the Need for Cybersecurity

Operational Technology (OT) networks for Industrial Control Systems (ICS) exist at every industrial facility. These sites exist for all manufacturers, both public and privately owned. These sites all want their ICS to perform with high availability, the way it was designed.

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Mar 12, 2019 | Written by Julie Gruenholz | Process Control and Plant Automation

Replacing Your Obsolete Control System. Step 1 – Replace the SCADA

Upgrading your obsolete control system is a helpful 7-part blog series addressing the important technical aspects of upgrades and written by an industry professional with over 25 years of experience.

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Mar 07, 2019 | Written by Ray Racine | Process Control and Plant Automation

Isolated Remote Site Deployments-Man Camp Part 2–Your Site Requirements and Reality of Life On-Site


In Part 1, I discussed How to Bid and How to Prepare for deployment to a generic remote site.  Part 2 covers some site specifics that will be important for your expectations and success.

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Mar 05, 2019 | Written by Chris Giusto | MEP Engineering, Combustible Dust

7 Steps to Complete a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA)

This blog outlines the process of completing a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) as required by NFPA 652.  The term DHA is often used interchangeably with the “analysis” portion of the processes (Step 4 below), but a complete DHA process involves additional steps before and after the analysis.

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Feb 28, 2019 | Written by Scott King, PMP | Arc Flash and Electrical Safety

Top 5 Ways an Arc Flash Hazard Analysis Saves Lives


As electrical professionals, we hope that others understand the potential dangers of working around or on live electrical equipment. The reality is that most people do not. It only takes one incident to cause a fatal arc flash explosion. However, by receiving appropriate electrical safety training and following proper procedure, this can be avoided.

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