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Plant safety and security

Overcoming the security challenge (08/04/2018)
Article image Connectivity is often seen as a significant challenge to plant security, and in the new era of IIoT it is vital that security considerations are prioritised. Suzanne Gill reports.
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Mastering the Industry 4.0 security challenge (25/03/2018)
Article image Factory and process automation are now reaching new levels of integration which opens the way to considerably higher degrees of efficiency, process control and flexibility. However, it also calls for increased security to protect the whole factory from malware and unauthorised intrusion, says Maximillian Korff.
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Safe position monitoring (12/03/2018)
Article image Control Engineering Europe looks at the importance of international standards when it comes to the specification of protection devices on machinery.
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IEC 60067-19 explained 12/03/2018
Dr Martin Killeen outlines the requirements of the international Repair, Overhaul and Reclamation of Hazardous Area Equipment standard IEC 60079-19, and highlights how it impacts both service providers and end users. Full Story...

Finding common ground in IT and OT convergence 06/11/2017
The interconnection of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) is a source of new opportunities and challenges. With increasingly automated and robotic supply chains, manufacturing and engineering companies are becoming more connected, but this exposure to external data flows inevitably leads to new risks, says Robert Wakim. Full Story...

Treating the causes not the symptoms 07/10/2017
Learning from your mistakes can be expensive in the processing industry. Implementing a Functional Safety Management system allows failures to be anticipated and avoided. Full Story...

Safety and security: a joint endeavour 10/09/2017
There is a need to understand the interaction between safety and security in production processes, says Dr Alexander Horch. Full Story...

Highlighting the risks to industrial networks 23/07/2017
Barak Perelman highlights the numerous risks facing industrial control systems today. He argues that real-time visibility is key to better security. Full Story...

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...



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