Integrated digital field networks are increasingly popular but pose particular safety and security risks. Fortunately, a number of parallel activities are underway to make integration between automation and business systems effective, safe and secure.
Enhancing safety performance requires diligence and unrelenting effort. The Independent Safety Review Panels recently released report on the safety culture and practices at BPs U.S. refineries where a March 2005 explosion occurred in Texas City, Texas indicates similar failings are likely elsewhere in the industry. Learn what can be done to enhance continuous safety improvement.
Today, process data are readily available at many levels, from instrumentation to higher-level data historians and OPC servers. Choosing the right platform can be key to successfully implementing robust and maintainable process calculations at your company.
In this month's installment of On the Bus, Contributing Editor John Rezabek predicts HART devices will work so well that your career may be over before you can justify the cost to replace them with fieldbus.
This article looks at six technologies mechanical floats and displacers, differential pressure, capacitance, ultrasonic, radar, and guided wave radar that are used most often for automated control, and provides practical guidance for choosing among them.
Last months ISA Expo in Houston clearly showed how much attention wireless technology is attracting. However, concern about the reliability and life of batteries remains an issue. Thats why harvested or scavenged power is attracting interest.
You may not be aware, but a new bus war is being waged in your plant the battle of the motion networks. Control Global's Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, provides analysis and commentary on the newest battle over fieldbus.
Since HART technology has been around for many years, most people feel that they know all that there is to know about it. The fact is the vast majority of HART applications utilize only a fraction of the full capability of HART.
Several major vendors have now announced plans to fully support enhancements to the electronic device description language (EDDL) used by HART devices, reports Ed Ladd of the HART Communication Foundation. These enhancements will allow users to interact with their intelligent devices in new ways. They ease configuration, even of complex instruments, and support storage of historical data for troubleshooting and diagnostics.
Despite the appearance of digital fieldbus technology in plants, well-proven HART technology still has a viable long-term role, notes Ed Ladd of the HART Communication Foundation. He adds that industry consultants predict that HART easily will be supported and remain a significant communications technology for the next 20+ years.
Ed T. Ladd, Jr., HART Communication Foundation, Austin, Texas