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Plant safety and security

Efficient connections for the Ex zone (18/09/2018)
Howard Forryan argues the case for the use of Ex connectors, in place of hard-wired solutions, in hazardous areas.
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The key to effective cyber security (13/08/2018)
Article image Derek Lane, automation manager at WAGO, explains how IT and OT convergence can help protect against cyber threats.
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AGV protective fields – does size matter? (07/08/2018)
Article image Dr Martin Kidman looks at safety laser scanner technologies which are a vital component of AGVs.
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Safety can now pay its way! 30/07/2018
Arguably, information is the most powerful tool in manufacturing today, with data being made available from the component to enterprise level and converted into information-enabled management tools. But, what effect is this having on machine safety? Full Story...

IT and OT collaboration is vital for a secure Industry 4.0 04/06/2018
Increasing connectivity of machines and equipment is offering manufacturers competitive advantage by producing goods more efficiently. However, the only way that Industry 4.0 can succeed is when IT and OT collaborate on an overarching security approach, argues Anja Dienelt. Full Story...

Mastering the Industry 4.0 security challenge 13/05/2018
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. Full Story...

Overcoming the security challenge 08/04/2018
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. Full Story...

Mastering the Industry 4.0 security challenge 25/03/2018
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. Full Story...

Safe position monitoring 12/03/2018
Control Engineering Europe looks at the importance of international standards when it comes to the specification of protection devices on machinery. Full Story...

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...



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