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Plant safety and security

The smart way to visualise hazards (25/09/2016)
Article image 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.
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Cyber security requires buy-in at all levels (06/09/2016)
Article image Cevn Vibert explores the changing face of cyber-attacks and explains why security needs to be a priority throughout the industrial IT supply chain.
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Managing change in alarm rationalisation (29/03/2016)
Article image 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.
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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...

Functional safety considerations on modification projects 17/03/2015
A new Emergency Shutdown system is being developed for use on a North Sea oil platform to ensure that process modifications still adhere to IEC 61508 requirements. Full Story...

Eliminating downtime caused by lightning strikes 17/02/2015
Control Engineering Europe looks at the journey taken by Tüpras Kirikkale petroleum refinery to ensure its plant is better protected from downtime due to lightning stikes in the future. Full Story...

A systematic approach to the functional safety of machinery 28/10/2014
Functional safety is one of the core elements in the design and construction of machinery. But how can the general requirements of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC be met in each specific case? Which codes and standards should be taken into account? And how can risk assessment be documented correctly and in compliance with the legal requirements? Dr Rolf Zöllner, risk manager at TÜV SÜD Industrie Service, explains. Full Story...

Rapid migration to new safeguarding system 30/09/2014
When the automatic shutdown control system at the Den Helder low calorific gas processing terminal needed to be updated, Yokogawa was able to provide the automation system, plus electrical, mechanical and civil engineering services required for the upgrade to shorten the project time by an estimated six months and allowing the upgrade to be performed during the plant's planned three-yearly shutdown period. Full Story...

Peace of mind in hazardous areas 09/09/2014
Piston air motors can offer many advantages over their electric equivalents, including energy efficiency, simple installation, easy maintenance, longevity and precise controllability. However, they really come into their own in hazardous area installations. Full Story...

Cyber security solutions boost automation system protection 10/06/2014
With the ever-present risk of cyber threats and malware, Metso's security business solution is able to provide the necessary safeguards to protect automation systems from attack. Full Story...

In-depth safety system validation for cement plant 22/04/2014
Adhering to legislative requirements is an essential part of modern production processes, in particular corporate responsibility to ensure the provision of a safe working environment for employees. Siemens Industry worked with Lafarge Tarmac at its Tunstead Cement Plant in the UK during a modernisation project to provide independent consultancy support to the site’s in-house engineering team and help ensure compliance with the safety-led requirements of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. Full Story...

Uncovering hidden operational risks 02/04/2014
As long as production runs according to plan, possible risks often remain undiscovered until an unexpected event triggers an incident. HAZOP studies can help uncover these hidden risks and take preventive and systematic actions to improve safety. Rainer Semmler, TÜV SÜD Chemie Service, discusses what might happen if workflows in the process are interrupted. Full Story...

Preparing for the arrival of ISO 14119:2013 11/03/2014
There has been a great deal of discussion about the forthcoming ISO 14119:13 Safety of machinery – interlocking devices associated with guards.  Control Engineering Europe garnered some views about its main requirements.  Full Story...

The cyber security checklist 11/02/2014
Security measures aim to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of an industrial automation and control system (IACS) from being compromised through deliberate or accidental attacks. Paul Gogarty, Cyber Security for Oil & Gas at ABB UK, explains how control system security improvement needs to be a continuous activity. Full Story...

Future-proofing with multigas monitors 28/01/2014
The popularity of multiparameter gas monitors that employ fourier transform infra-red technology has grown in recent years. Antti Heikkilä, from Gasmet, explains more about the technology and its increasing popularity. Full Story...

DART and the promise of high power with intrinsic safety 17/12/2013
Suzanne Gill takes a look at developments to DART technology, which first hit the headlines in 2008, with the promise of making higher powers possible in hazardous areas. The technology is now set to become an IEC standard. Full Story...

Updated alarm management guidelines 10/12/2013
EEMUA, the Engineering Equipment & Materials Users’ Association, has launched the Third Edition of EEMUA Publication 191 ‘Alarm systems: a guide to design, management and procurement.’ Suzanne Gill finds out more. Full Story...

Regulations and standards - security considerations 03/12/2013
While cyber security for industrial automation and control systems suffers from a lack of solid data on incidents and attacks, there is common agreement that more needs to be done. The picture is made fuzzier by the array of regulations, legislations, directives and guidelines that are being worked on. Paul Gogarty, cyber security, Oil & Gas, ABB UK tries to make things clearer. Full Story...

VW steps up its system protection standards 19/11/2013
Following risk analysis, Volkswagen AG introduced a new security standard for its car bodywork production network at its plant in Emden, Germany. Segmentation of the network, installation of industrial firewalls, and stricter access rules, has ensured that its systems are better protected against unauthorised access. Full Story...



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