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Apr 11, 2019 | Written by Jon McClain | Process Control and Plant Automation

Communicating Between B&R And Allen-Bradley Over Ethernet/IP

I have recently gotten a few requests to help setup communication between an Allen-Bradley PLC and a B&R PLC. B&R Industrial Automation is becoming more popular in North America, as more OEMs are opting to go with the Austrian controls company recently acquired by ABB.

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Apr 09, 2019 | Written by Julie Gruenholz | Process Control and Plant Automation

KISS and 5 Other Items to Consider when Choosing to Upgrade Your PLC Platform


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 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 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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Jan 29, 2019 | Written by Steve Comeau | Process Control and Plant Automation, Manufacturing Intelligence

Introduction and Optimization of Data Historians


A Data Historian is a type of time-series database designed to efficiently collect and store process data from a SCADA or automation system. The stored data can then be used to display trends of process data on charts, create reports, or perform data analysis.

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Jan 24, 2019 | Written by Ray Racine | Process Control and Plant Automation

Isolated Remote Site Deployments-Man Camp Part 1–Intro and General Preparation


They are called “Man-Camps” for a reason – you don’t often see women in them.  Some see only a few hearty and adventurous women.  Some never do.  Most are far from any place you might consider to be a town or village.  Lots of them are in tough locations – deserts, mountains, permafrost.

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