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Plant safety and security

Treating the causes not the symptoms (07/10/2017)
Article image Learning from your mistakes can be expensive in the processing industry. Implementing a Functional Safety Management system allows failures to be anticipated and avoided.
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Safety and security: a joint endeavour (10/09/2017)
Article image There is a need to understand the interaction between safety and security in production processes, says Dr Alexander Horch.
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Highlighting the risks to industrial networks (23/07/2017)
Article image Barak Perelman highlights the numerous risks facing industrial control systems today. He argues that real-time visibility is key to better security.
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Safety-conscious drives meet safety standards 17/07/2017
In the last decade, updated safety standards have made it possible for electronic safety functions to be built directly into the drives which control motor and machinery movements in industrial processes. Mikko Ristolainen explains how this approach simplifies things for designers and machine builders, while also providing higher overall safety and protection levels. Full Story...

Electromagnetic Work Regulations explained 26/06/2017
Paul Taylor explains what is required to ensure compliance with the recently introduced Electromagnetic Work regulations. Full Story...

ATEX and the control panel 18/04/2017
Control Engineering Europe finds out more about the creation of unique control panels which are suited to use within hazardous environments. Full Story...

Putting the focus on IIoT security 03/04/2017
There are ways for companies to get an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) project initiated while overcoming security challenges, but that requires a culture change and a different mindset, says Eric Byres. Full Story...

Avoiding the big bang! 28/03/2017
Mark Shannon explains why food manufacturers need to be taking dust explosion risks seriously. Full Story...

System solutions for application-optimised explosion protection 27/02/2017
Mastering the increasingly complex explosion protection technologies requires expert knowledge, which is leading to increasing reliance on single source solutions, according to Thomas Kasten. Full Story...

Sticking to the speed limit 06/02/2017
Despite the fact that speed monitoring is often essential for safe control of a machine and to protect the operator, it is often overlooked when considering safety on machinery. Dr Martin Kidman offers advice on the permissible safe limits of operation. Full Story...

Sticking to the speed limit 23/01/2017
Despite the fact that a speed monitoring system is often essential for safe control of a machine and to protect the operator, it is often overlooked when considering safety on machinery. Dr Martin Kidman offers advice on the permissible safe limits of operation. Full Story...

Firewalls: vital for a successful security model 23/01/2017
Tobias Heer, Oliver Kleineberg and Jeff Lund discuss firewalls – what they are and what they do. Full Story...

Safely keeping pace with the wireless evolution 10/01/2017
As the trend towards wireless safety continues, Neil Dyson highlights the need to ensure that wireless controls are 100% reliable. Full Story...

Regulatory compliance as a cyber security strategy tool 04/01/2017
A recently published white paper describes some of the most effective industrial security tools pharmaceutical companies have at their disposal in the era of Industry 4.0. Control Engineering Europe reports. Full Story...

Safely measuring bulk materials 23/10/2016
Throughout plant operations at Lafarge Tarmac, process instruments gives the instrumentation needed to operate safely and efficiently. Full Story...

The smart way to visualise hazards 25/09/2016
John Martin explains what needs to be considered when preparing a bow tie analysis – a diagram that visualises risk in a single, simple graphical format. Full Story...

Cyber security requires buy-in at all levels 06/09/2016
Cevn Vibert explores the changing face of cyber-attacks and explains why security needs to be a priority throughout the industrial IT supply chain. Full Story...

Managing change in alarm rationalisation 29/03/2016
It is essential to manage change when making modifications to process alarms and alarm systems. Management of Change (MoC) should,  therefore,  be a fundamental process within the alarm management lifecycle, argues Ian Brown. Full Story...

Delivering IE4 savings for a Zone 1 application 02/02/2016
Applications in explosion hazardous areas are currently exempt from the EU regulations on minimum energy efficiency. This can put industries such as petrochemical, oil and gas and mining at a disadvantage when trying to improve overall site efficiency. Control Engineering Europe looks at one company who has overcome this disadvantage. Full Story...

EN 61800-5-2: more than just Safe Torque Off 19/01/2016
Ross Fenion offers an insight into the application of the safe motion standard EN 61800-5-2.  Full Story...

Assessing cyber security risk in real-time 30/11/2015
Suzanne Gill reports on the need for plants to employ a continuous and ongoing cyber security solution and looks at a real-time software solution that automates the task of identifying risk. Full Story...

Taking a collaborative approach to cyber security 28/04/2015
At the last Yokogawa user conference, Tyler Williams, manager PCD IT security for Shell Global Solutions, who is responsible for cyber security activities in automation and control system environments, explained the company’s cyber security journey. Suzanne Gill reports. Full Story...

Ensuring industrial wireless security 24/03/2015
Julia Santogatta, director of wireless initiatives at Belden, looks at the security concerns associated with wireless networks, and explains how these can be overcome.  Full Story...



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