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Plant safety and security

Cyber security solutions boost automation system protection (10/06/2014)
Article image 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.
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In-depth safety system validation for cement plant (22/04/2014)
Article image 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.
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Uncovering hidden operational risks (02/04/2014)
Article image 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.
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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...

Take control of IT to reduce cyber-crime vulnerability 01/10/2013
With the ever-present integration of the Internet into day-to-day aspects of our lives, cyber-attacks are becoming all too common. Organisations need to act now to protect themselves, says Paul Gogarty, Cyber Security, Oil & Gas at ABB UK. Full Story...

Increased levels of functional safety lifecycle management and support 25/09/2013
In a recently awarded contract, safety systems company Hima-Sella is to supply two dual redundant SIL3 High Integrity Pressure Protection Solutions (HIPPS), built around its Planar4 solid state logic solver, as well as independent SIL3 assessment services. Full Story...

Functional safety through the supply chain 11/09/2013
John Walkington and Stuart Nunns argue that process and functional safety management is complicated by the fact that process owners have a duty of care to ensure that everyone in the supply chain is providing equipment and services that comply with safe practice. Full Story...

Making machinery and plant more secure 20/08/2013
Recent events have demonstrated that a protection concept is becoming more important for manufacturers and operators of machinery and plants. Automation components need to be protected from external attacks and unauthorised internal access. Full Story...

Collaborating to create a secure data handling process 21/05/2013
Controlling and managing a complex system in some process and infrastructure industries, such as surface rail, airports or underground metro systems, have the added complexity of having to achieve this over long distances with the possibility of 1000's of I/O points. Full Story...

Ex d Enclosures: understanding the standards 02/04/2013
When specifying explosion-proof (Ex d) enclosures to house electrical apparatus for use in explosive atmospheres, engineers need to understand the implications of modifying the enclosure as part of the certified equipment prior to and after installation, says Toni Ott, manager test, certification and patents at Cooper Crouse-Hinds GmbH. Full Story...

Cyber safety – what happens next? 01/03/2013
Recent industrial incidents have provided a timely reminder of the importance of taking effective measures to protect process control systems and infrastructure from attacks from cyberspace. Thomas Lantermann, senior business development manager at Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V., Factory Automation – European Business Group, looks at where vulnerabilities lie and how the problem will be exacerbated in the future, and looks at new security standards that offer protection. Full Story...

Addressing maintenance issues 26/02/2013
With a survey suggesting that the drive to reduce downtime is compromising health & safety, a trip to MAINTEC 2013 might be in order to discuss the latest developments in predictive, preventive and corrective maintenance solutions, which can help to reduce downtime and increase efficiency. Full Story...

Tackling data security in industrial networks 26/02/2013
Suzanne Gill reports on the Open DeviceNet Vendor Association’s (ODVA) vision for securing the flow of CIP data and Etherent IP assets in industrial networks, which was presented by Katherine Voss, executive director of ODVA at SPS/IPC/Drives 2012. Full Story...

IO solutions for hazardous areas 19/02/2013
An alternative approach to bringing IO signals from hazardous areas to a DCS is said to deliver cost and efficiency benefits. Steve Leech, product manager for the Process Automation business at Siemens Industry Automation in the UK, explains. Full Story...

Schneider Electric's choice to secure critical industrial infrastructure 29/01/2013
Schneider Electric has selected Belden’s Tofino Security technology to protect its industrial automation systems. Full Story...

The changing network security landscape 21/11/2012
Security requirements for industrial Ethernet networks are rapidly migrating from enterprise networks to process control and other industrial environments. The recent issues with the Stuxnet malware have been a wakeup call, and we now need to take a fresh look at how security is managed within industrial networks. John Browett of CLPA considers the potential threats to industrial network security, and how to mitigate them. Full Story...

Focusing on security 23/10/2012
Rick Kaun, Industrial IT Solutions at Honeywell Process Solutions, discusses the urgent need for improved defense-in-depth postures for industrial control systems. Full Story...



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