Evaluating OT Security

Network security is currently a field of study in and of its own. There is a great need for security measures at each level of your IT and OT environments. In the OT (Operational Technology) environment, it is imperative...

PLC Backups: A Look at AssetCentre

If many moons have passed since you began working with programmable logic controllers, then you will undoubtedly have memories of sitting in front of a laptop, hoping that it will boot, because it contains the most up to date...

Connect GX Works 3 To A Mitsubishi FX5 Or iQ-R PLC

As with any popular PLC programming software, GX Works 3 not only allows you to upload and download programs, but also supports program compare and verify as well as viewing ladder differences graphically. But before you can do any of...

Converting Equipment from PC-Based to PLC-Based Control

My company was provided an OEM label printer and applicator machine that was being controlled by five Arduino PC boards. They were asked to provide a PLC control system, however, they insisted that they needed to use this controls architecture...

The Realities of Project Management: The Project Czar

In 1975, computer architect Fred Brooks published a series of essays on software engineering and project management called “The Mythical Man-Month”.  These cautionary tales and inevitable realities not only stand the test of time, but also can crossover to...

Keeping Check On Control System Health

As you and I travel the roadways each day, we cross paths with many other people traveling to their destinations in automobiles of all kinds. We notice some vehicles are well taken care, while others are not so well taken...

Becoming Self Sufficient: Taking Ownership of your Control Systems

There are many challenges to having the right technical people on staff to be able to support complex control systems. And there are often times where these technical people (automation engineers, electronic techs, maintenance electricians) get handed something and are...

The Realities of Project Management: The Second Effort

In 1975, computer architect Fred Brooks published a series of essays on software engineering and project management called “The Mythical Man-Month.” These cautionary tales and inevitable realities not only stand the test of time, but also can crossover to many...

Evaluating your Control System Failure to Recovery Methods

If your control system failure experiences are anything like mine, most of them haven't occur on weekday mornings when it's convenient for you and your team to evaluate how good your recovery procedures are. Instead, they're more likely to occur...

Safety Instrumented Systems vs Basic Process Control Systems

Most industrial processes incorporate Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) and Basic Process Control Systems (BPCS) in their operations. This article compares the features of each system. SIS and BPCS Compared A Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) function is to monitor and maintain process...