Plant safety and security

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Get wise to cyber threats

(03/09/2019)
Suzanne Gill finds out more about the cyber security issues that face industry today and gets advice on the steps that should be taken to ensure greater plant level security.
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Functional Safety: a technology challenge

(03/09/2019)
Today components and systems frequently become available which are too technologically advanced for current standard requirements and cannot support the assessment of device functional safety appropriately. Suitable approaches are therefore required to protect systems against unauthorised access and safety-relevant manipulation of the safety functions embedded within hardware and software, argues Stewart Robinson MIET MInstMC.
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NIS: not just a compliance exercise

(01/04/2019)
Phillip J Corner discusses some shortcomings of the NIS directive, arguing that, while it focuses on technology, good governance is equally vital to manage security.


Archive

  1. 25/02/2019 Safe operation of flameproof motors in explosive atmospheres

    Maintenance and inspection of flameproof motors is critical to ensure safe operation. Pedro Maia offers advice on keeping them in good working order.

  2. 17/12/2018 Preventing incidents: Effective process safety management

    To prevent dangerous process incidents from occurring, facilities should employ effective communication, provide workers with appropriate training, and have strong and up-to-date policies and procedures in place. Gregory Hale highlights 11 key principles.

  3. 18/09/2018 Efficient connections for the Ex zone

    Howard Forryan argues the case for the use of Ex connectors, in place of hard-wired solutions, in hazardous areas.

  4. 13/08/2018 The key to effective cyber security

    Derek Lane, automation manager at WAGO, explains how IT and OT convergence can help protect against cyber threats.

  5. 07/08/2018 AGV protective fields – does size matter?

    Dr Martin Kidman looks at safety laser scanner technologies which are a vital component of AGVs.

  6. 30/07/2018 Safety can now pay its way!

    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?

  7. 04/06/2018 IT and OT collaboration is vital for a secure Industry 4.0

    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.

  8. 13/05/2018 Mastering the Industry 4.0 security challenge

    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.

  9. 08/04/2018 Overcoming the security challenge

    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.

  10. 25/03/2018 Mastering the Industry 4.0 security challenge

    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.

  11. 12/03/2018 Safe position monitoring

    Control Engineering Europe looks at the importance of international standards when it comes to the specification of protection devices on machinery.

  12. 12/03/2018 IEC 60067-19 explained

    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.

  13. 06/11/2017 Finding common ground in IT and OT convergence

    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.

  14. 07/10/2017 Treating the causes not the symptoms

    Learning from your mistakes can be expensive in the processing industry. Implementing a Functional Safety Management system allows failures to be anticipated and avoided.

  15. 10/09/2017 Safety and security: a joint endeavour

    There is a need to understand the interaction between safety and security in production processes, says Dr Alexander Horch.

  16. 23/07/2017 Highlighting the risks to industrial networks

    Barak Perelman highlights the numerous risks facing industrial control systems today. He argues that real-time visibility is key to better security.

  17. 17/07/2017 Safety-conscious drives meet safety standards

    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.

  18. 26/06/2017 Electromagnetic Work Regulations explained

    Paul Taylor explains what is required to ensure compliance with the recently introduced Electromagnetic Work regulations.

  19. 18/04/2017 ATEX and the control panel

    Control Engineering Europe finds out more about the creation of unique control panels which are suited to use within hazardous environments.

  20. 03/04/2017 Putting the focus on IIoT security

    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.