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Plant safety and security

Taking a collaborative approach to cyber security (28/04/2015)
Article image 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.
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Ensuring industrial wireless security (24/03/2015)
Article image Julia Santogatta, director of wireless initiatives at Belden, looks at the security concerns associated with wireless networks, and explains how these can be overcome. 
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Functional safety considerations on modification projects (17/03/2015)
Article image 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.
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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...

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...



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