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IEEE Steps Directly on ISA’s Core Competencies

From an email I received from IEEE today:

IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) invites your participation in the working group for IEEE 1451.0™, Standard for a Smart Transducer Interface for Sensors and Actuators – Common Functions, Communication Protocols, and Transducer Electronic Data Sheet (TEDS) Formats.

Why get involved:

This project develops a set of common functionality for the family of IEEE P1451™ smart transducer interface standards. This functionality is independent of the physical communications media. It includes common functions, transducer services, communications protocols, and Transducer Electronic Data Sheet (TEDS) formats that are required to access and manage smart transducers (sensors and actuators). TEDS are metadata for the description and identification of sensors and actuators. The standard also defines a set of implementation-independent application programming interfaces (API). This standard is revised to address the need of new technology, such as Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) and Internet of Things (IoT), to facilitate interoperability of smart sensors and actuators from different manufacturers.

Who should participate:

  • Sensor vendors and manufacturers
  • System Integrators and users of sensors, actuators, and control systems for CPS and IoT applications, etc.
Collaborate
How to Participate:

If you would like to participate in the working group, please contact the
Working Group Chair, Eugene Song.

December 2017 INSIDER discusses cyber-badness

Insiderlogo3The December 2017 INSIDER has been released. The cover story, “Extreme Badness from Malware and Design Flaws Impact Industry” discusses the two cyber issues impacting the ICS community that surfaced in late December: the Triton Exploit and Spectre and Meltdown. The INSIDER has been discussing this for years, and your editor and Joe Weiss beat the drum for years at Control magazine. The late Robert Adamski called something like the Triton Exploit “Adamski’s Nightmare.” It has been infecting my dreams since 2004, and I am pleased to pass it along to you. If you aren’t afraid yet, you haven’t been paying attention.

In the Health Watch, NIck Denbow and I look at the state of the Automation Industry through the lens of ABB, and we take a look at Endress+Hauser’s alliances, distribution, and newest product and what it means for Millenials as they become engineers and operators.

Rajabahadur Arcot’s article, “India’s expanding economy and emerging growth opportunities” rounds out the last issue of 2017.

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Walt and Joy in Control- Part Two “Can We Escape Our Fate?”

Greg McMillan continues his interview with Walt Boyes and Joy Ward in the December issue of Control magazine. Here’s the link to the article on the controlglobal.com website:

What can be done to change our fate?

Joy and I would love to hear your thoughts on what we had to say, both in the November issue and the December issue. Comment here, or send me your comments to waltboyes@spitzerandboyes.com. [contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"] 

Help a Saint Louis FLL (Lego League) Team Do Research!

I received this from the coach of the FLL team:

Phil Speth, Shaw

Please send this far and wide. It isn’t just for St. Louis, but anyone who can take the survey.

Our Lego Team needs your help.
Our 4th Grade Lego Team is looking at how we dispose of medicines.
This year in FLL (Lego Robotics) we are all about our water. One BIG!! problem is the incredible amount of medicines that end up in our water system. To get to the heart of this problem our kids decided to send out a survey to help us all understand the problem and ask everyone to help us do better.

Please take 1 minute to take our survey!! Thanks
https://goo.gl/forms/jAL2v3nunsmzSDws1

Medication Disposal Survey
We are a team of 3rd and 4th graders from SMOS and LPA schools. Our FIRST Lego League team has spent the semester studying Hydrodynamics, building robots, and learning about water. For our final project, we are collecting information from our community. All of your information will be kept anonymous. Thank you for helping us!

Rockwell’s Automation Perspectives Aptly Named

Insiderlogo3My tweets and retweets from Rockwell Automation’s Automation Perspectives on Tuesday:

Tue, 08:13: Rockwell Automation’s President and CEO Blake Moret welcomes Automation Perspectives to Houston #houstonstrong… https://t.co/0zafvi1YQx

Tue, 08:15: $6.3 Billion in FY2017 Sales and a shareholder value curve outperforming the Dow… https://t.co/mdV3o60ASC

Tue, 08:16: #AF2017 If Rockwell had a company song, we’d all be standing and singing it. https://t.co/MhZheD93r9

Tue, 08:19: #AutoFair17 The Connected Enterprise is based on people. https://t.co/NaNzVmA0m2

Tue, 08:20: #AutoFair17 The value of digitization in Smart Manufacturing— Frank Kulaszewicz https://t.co/HM3pb6BkHK

Tue, 08:21: #AutoFair17 We believe that manufacturing will change dramatically in the next 25 years because of higher levels o… https://t.co/iSY1G7nus9

Tue, 08:23: Digital transformation enables better design. Digital design is sustained by digital operation— emulated by the Dig… https://t.co/PrRmJvi25O

Tue, 08:24: RT @m_littlefield: CEO @ROKAutomation lays out strategy. Stays focused on Connected Enterprise. Stressed corp values, improved control & an…

Tue, 08:26: #AutoFair17 Mixed Reality visualization https://t.co/WBy2ztmaHP

Tue, 08:32: #AutoFair17 Factory Talk Team One is working, and we know, because we are watching! https://t.co/96e8r55gZW

Tue, 08:33: #AutoFair17 Frank K introduces Andrew Ellis to talk about Project SCIO. https://t.co/6K4jlWuQwB

Tue, 08:34: Descriptive, Diagnostic, Predictive, Prescriptive —we must adopt advanced analytics. #AutoFair17 https://t.co/EXg9c8Atap

Tue, 08:36: Lack of data isn’t the problem. https://t.co/PQXNYdXrSR

Tue, 08:38: #AutoFair17 Data ingress from the edge…but the secret is in the middle— the data orchestration provides the real… https://t.co/GIR0uTuPyE

Tue, 08:41: SCIO discovers devices and ingests data and uses a storyboard model to display mashed data and construct work flows… https://t.co/ifbaRDgz5u

Tue, 08:43: Scio storyboards… #AutoFair17 https://t.co/y5GMVIc9Pv

Tue, 08:45: There are no limits to data quantities or data types— not just realtime or transactional. Scio ingests and mashes a… https://t.co/POg5BhPFIq

Tue, 08:48: #AutoFair17 What is cool about Rockwell is that the top executives both know and understand the technology they are… https://t.co/n6OCHXYaOM

Tue, 08:54: Scio can get you to predictive and prescriptive analytics. #AutoFair17 https://t.co/IT33dy9wBV
Tue, 08:56: Wind speed and direction into “function bubbles” to control blades of wind turbines. #AutoFair17 https://t.co/XBAVzXVYwS

Tue, 08:57: World class partners and ecosystem are ESSENTIAL! #AutoFair17 https://t.co/SYjlMONAw1

Tue, 08:58: Gavin Rennick “We are in Houston, the home of oil and gas. Brent crossing 60 for the first time in weeks.”… https://t.co/DazsAGJNaY

Tue, 09:00: Rennick extols the interconnected world— about 8 billion devices today, and in a decade, over a trillion. Data mana… https://t.co/t5Fs3XWHvx

Tue, 09:03: Rennick: This outcome is very material. #AutoFair17 https://t.co/fZ9QKohhx5

Tue, 09:04: Here’s what digital technology does to the ecosystem. #AutoFair17 Excellence in cybersecurity is really the ticket… https://t.co/LlPwVKQmkf

Tue, 09:07: Very rapidly, we were enveloped in the digital technology ecosystem… #AutoFair17 https://t.co/oe2f28bT5I

Tue, 09:09: Our customers’ goals are not surprising… #AutoFair17 https://t.co/OvqraO5nsW

Tue, 09:12: Some of the proofs of concept failed, some of them worked—we learned. Amazing what happens when SME works with a da… https://t.co/nGQIy2v4Ym

Tue, 09:14: Schlumberger predicts…the oracle! #AutoFair17 https://t.co/eV0VXFiJcO

Tue, 09:15: We’ve been using it, and our customers have too. It works. #AutoFair17 https://t.co/opB8O4qc2P

Tue, 09:16: Here’s how to drill a well… #AutoFair17 https://t.co/GHQDrvBs6H

Tue, 09:18: We have had 10 companies evaluate this solution for many months and they agree it works and is very valuable.… https://t.co/l8mX5V7f3e

Tue, 09:19: No matter what we did, we kept running into this company called Rockwell Automation! #AutoFair17 https://t.co/XG3OIOPUJf

Tue, 09:20: We don’t call it a digital twin— we call it a digital avatar. We have an affinity with the color blue. #AutoFair17 https://t.co/lnFliImmP4

Tue, 09:22: We have a number of proof points… #AutoFair17 https://t.co/gxiCht8OIY

Tue, 09:59: #AutoFair17 Getting ready to resume Automation Perspectives— The whole enterprise of Rockwell Automation is so crit… https://t.co/LEdsyTW4bJ

Tue, 10:01: #AutoFair17 Our industry has a problem with workforce development… https://t.co/QLMndwEa0y

Tue, 10:02: #AutoFair17 Manpower’s Chris Layden talks about workforce… https://t.co/g5RN2H94w7

Tue, 10:03: #AutoFair17 We connect 4 people a minute to meaningful work in the USA. https://t.co/mEgPjG4nIu

Tue, 10:05: The structural changes in the labor market are here to stay! #AutoFair17 Technology is a force for speed of change. https://t.co/Vyg18vgcAX

Tue, 10:07: Big change from “job for life” to “career for me.” https://t.co/sOGoldoQgU

Tue, 10:09: #AutoFair2017 Skilled trades toughest to find. https://t.co/7bMpGuwNsE

Tue, 10:10: #AutoFair17 You can’t build a plant where there aren’t any workers. https://t.co/KocZWJpjVL

Tue, 10:11: 24% of manufacturing workers are over 55 #AutoFair17 https://t.co/VaoJnU2gmM

Tue, 10:12: #AutoFair17 Plateauing… https://t.co/YaqfGmDIzI

Tue, 10:13: #AutoFair17 Education needed is changing https://t.co/Pc1Pyqvez2

Tue, 10:15: #AutoFair17 We have to prioritize who we are training https://t.co/qPjO4wHGPr

Tue, 10:17: #AutoFair17 Introducing Blake to talk about the Academy of Advanced Manufacturing https://t.co/f2dJh8bKwd

Tue, 10:18: #AutoFair17 We chose Manpower because we like to partner with the leader in Workforce. We know the curriculum and t… https://t.co/AL9hsAE04k

Tue, 10:19: RT @m_littlefield: Skilled Trades toughest job to fill in US @manpower predicts 2.5MM jobs unfilled by 2025. Doesn’t even consider Digitali…

Tue, 10:19: RT @DJGreenfield: Good job @SchneiderElec! Glad to see you make this move. https://t.co/JHcuOXPHtg

Tue, 10:21: Hundreds of thousands of veterans are leaving the service with the basic skills they need for manufacturing.… https://t.co/ze9I1SvVJq

Tue, 10:23: #AutoFair17 We are ramping up rapidly to meet our goal. https://t.co/JvMtzEbouo

Tue, 10:25: But is 12 weeks enough?? https://t.co/iQtzCKwz7U

Tue, 10:25: RT @cmgonzalez85: The Recruitment Difficultly Index shows how hard it is to fill jobs across the U.S. The number one job missing is the ski…

Tue, 10:26: RT @AutomationFair: “It’s not what to train for; it’s about how skills & jobs are evolving within digital manufacturing & design.” #AutoFai…

Tue, 10:26: RT @AutomationFair: “No single company, organization or institution can solve this skills gap alone.” – @njneuman @manpower https://t.co/Jj…

Tue, 10:27: RT @AutomationFair: 75% of employers say new skills are required in the next 2 yrs, but many are not able to define them @ChrisLayden https…

Tue, 10:29: And they want to blow up this enterprise— for what? For the money! No. This enterprise is critical for the future o… https://t.co/XuqiBT85I2

Tue, 10:30: https://t.co/HxsBQynTtG via @youtube #AutoFair17 Here’s the short version…

Tue, 10:31: RT @m_littlefield: Blake Moret driving force of @ROKcareers & @manpower Academy of Advanced Manufacturing. 12 week prgm & vet grads guarant…

Tue, 10:32: Joe Allie asks for all the veterans in the audience to stand. Then he introduces the “plank holders” of the Academy. https://t.co/leDZLjfqQI

Tue, 10:32: RT @AutomationFair: “Every one of the veterans who finish this program, will have a job.” – Blake Moret https://t.co/8gW9TXLekk https://t.c…

Tue, 10:33: RT @pdpuess: Couldn’t be more proud @ROKAutomation Academy of Advanced Manufacturing high tech training for our returning vets! #AutoFair1…

Tue, 10:35: Scott Bingham, Travis Tolbert, Leandre Davis, Christopher Allison…some of the first graduates. #AutoFair17 https://t.co/cQLMXDpvG2

Tue, 10:39: Typical day is hands on supported by theory— very intensive — Scott Bingham #AutoFair17 https://t.co/7eKzlWEjcI

Tue, 10:40: RT @AutomationFair: We couldn’t be more proud of these grads! https://t.co/CtOhl5lAhE

Tue, 10:41: RT @mchlguilfoyle: #AutoFair17 panel with 4 of 14 grads from first class of Academy of #advancedmanufacturing. Transitioning #veterans to w…

Tue, 10:50: RT @ManpowerGroup: #Veterans have the work ethic and real world experience that hiring managers want. We’ve partnered with @ROKAutomation t…

Tue, 10:54: Travis Tolbert just accepted a position with a paper company as a process optimization specialist. #autofair17

Tue, 10:56: Scott Bingham also accepted a position. Leandre Davis and Christopher Allison are in the final stages of interviewi… https://t.co/6dyTuNs7X3

Tue, 11:04: RT @m_littlefield: Looks like it based on the job offers coming in! https://t.co/mh0KoALe9z

Tue, 11:06: #AutoFair17 John McDermott winds it all up. https://t.co/7UvLtNQCW0

Tue, 11:12: #AutoFair17 Diversity and Inclusion Forum on Thursday

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Women in Automation- Emerson Exchange Zooms In

Insiderlogo3Emerson Exchange Casts Spotlight in Changes in Women’s Contributions to Automation
by Joy Ward

This is another article that would have been in the October INSIDER– part of the coverage of Emerson Exchange 2017. If you like this kind of reporting and analysis, subscribe to the INSIDER at www.spitzerandboyes.com/insider.

The recent Emerson Exchange did an excellent job of showing the range of how women and female insight can add to the automation industry. The two women who starred, Robyn Benincasa, the founder of WorldClass Teams as the keynote speaker and Janeen Judah, the President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Women in Innovation speaker, gave listeners much to learn from and use in their careers.

Emerson started their recent meeting with one of the most exciting and challenging keynote speakers I have seen in a long time. Benincasa is a firefighter and adventure racer with nothing to do with automation, except that she had some of the best advice to members of the industry. Yes, we’ve all endured keynote speeches given by well-meaning but apparently automation-clueless speakers trying very hard to reach their audience. This speaker not only reached her audience but gave it marvelous advice and direction. Her message was one of cooperation, not competition. Too often we have been fed the message that life is about competition but not from this speaker. Through wonderful examples of her experiences adventure racing around the globe in some of the most challenging environments on earth, Benincasa showed how working together is a much stronger strategy than all-out competition. She also exhorted the crowd to work to win, not just NOT lose. This requires a different way of thinking and is a good lesson in today’s accounting-driven world.

Then Emerson continued the good words from the women’s side with a luncheon speech by Janeen Judah, the president of SPE, and a working petroleum engineer. While her message was not as physically exuberant, it was still both challenging and in the same vein — cooperation is the way for everyone to progress. She gave some sterling advice on how thinking of colleagues and doing well for them can come back to do well for everyone.

In summation, both women brought the same message to the Emerson crowd. Cooperation and what sociologist would consider traditionally female forms of interaction are healthier and ultimately more productive for individuals and companies. Is it possible that we are getting this type of message now because enough women are in the workplace and feel comfortable interacting and managing as women, not just women in steel boots? Whatever the reason, it is a healthy movement. Kudos for Emerson for hosting these two wise women and their messages!

Joy Ward has over thirty years’ experience in consumer psychology research and is Director of Qualitative Research for Spitzer and Boyes LLC. Her MIND OF THE CUSTOMER® research methodology has been used in areas from politics to the automotive industry to satellite manufacturing. Contact Joy at joyward@sbcglobal.net or 314-283-5259 for information on how Joy can bring the Mind of the Customer® to your enterprise.

The Trouble With Top Management

In this month’s Control magazine, Greg McMillan interviews Walt Boyes and Joy Ward from Spitzer and Boyes LLC on the problems with top management who are not technically trained. We talk about why the automation industry is different.

Read it here:
https://www.controlglobal.com/articles/2017/the-trouble-with-top-management/

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Rajabahadur V. Arcot on the Battle for OT/IT Dominance

Insiderlogo3This would have been the October article from Rajabahadur V. Arcot

The Battle for OT / IT dominance

By Rajabahadur V. Arcot

The future holds the promise of the dawn of a new industrial era and the convergence of Operational Technology and Information Technology will hugely impact manufacturing companies. In order to differentiate the existing from the emerging systems & solutions and to highlight the importance of OT and IT convergence, new acronyms are getting coined. What we call as automation systems, DCS, PLC, SCADA and such others and enterprise solutions which include ERP, SCM, CRM, EAM and similar others are labeled respectively as Operational Technology (OT) & Information Technology (IT). According to numerous survey reports that appear periodically, many of the manufacturing companies are looking forward to benefit for OT / IT convergence and are highly optimistic that it will make them truly real-time information driven organizations and secure their future in the emerging industrial era- Industry 4.0.

Production and business operations of manufacturing companies have always been driven by information both from the shop-floor and top-floor. Initially, they deployed instruments to generate shop-floor information and top-floor transactional information was mostly generated offline. Manufacturing companies’ ability to create value to their shareholders, while ensuring customer satisfaction in the emerging era of manufacturing, depends on their ability to tightly couple the operations of all their value chain partners comprising of numerous part / sub-assembly / raw material suppliers, design associates, service providers and such others. It will become extremely important for them to ensure that, on one hand, all their production and business decisions are based on holistic and integrated real-time information and, on the other that they work collaboratively.

The fact that manufacturing operations have become more complex & competitive pressures have increased and the realization that their success depends entirely on becoming truly information driven, make industrial firms demand not only real-time data from the production and business operations, suppliers, customers, and such others, but also want them integrated and analyzed so as to derive holistic information. The recent rapid technological developments such as those relating to internet of things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data analytics, cloud computing, & Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), and OT & IT convergence, make it possible for multiple sources of data to be connected and large amount of data from them to be collected and analyzed holistically on a common platform.

Until now, manufacturing companies invested in OT to manage production floor operations while ensuring plant’s safe, efficient, and automated functioning and IT comprising of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Supplier Relationship Management (SRM), Product Design Management (PDM), Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), and such others to assist enterprise level decision making. Often automation systems and enterprise solutions are procured from best-of-the-class suppliers and their integration required significant investments in terms of costs and time.
Information collection & their display and control of important production operations became integral part of manufacturing companies many decades ago. Suppliers of automation systems, such as Honeywell, Yokogawa, and Rockwell, realizing the power of computer and communication technologies, as they evolved, in data collection, transmission, and processing capabilities responded to the needs of the manufacturing industries and introduced of programmable logic controllers, distributed control systems, safety instrumented systems, electronic transmitters, and similar others that extensively rely on computer and communication technologies. Later they developed communication protocols that further enhanced the role of automation systems. Some of the leading suppliers of enterprise solutions are SAP, Oracle, and IBM and they also leveraged the power of computer and communication technologies.

Automation systems and enterprise solutions evolved separately at different points of time and respectively addressed the informational needs of plant floor and top floor. The business models of the suppliers of automation systems and enterprise solutions differ significantly and their offerings are designed and engineered to meet different functional and operational needs. Even the way automation systems and enterprise solutions are specified, budgeted, and procured differ fundamentally. While, in the case of OT their safe operation and availability are most important, in the case of IT data confidentiality is more important than system availability.

A new breed of companies, such as Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet, IBM, and Cisco Systems, which in recent years have emerged as the leading technology firms of the world, have strong competencies in technologies associated with Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data analytics, and cloud computing. Seeing tremendous growth and monetization opportunities, leading technology firms are making large investments and establishing new centers of excellence to develop and demonstrate their competencies. They are emerging as strong challengers to the traditional OT and IT suppliers and often are seen taking initiatives to emerge as dominant players the in OT / IT domain. They have already started offering OT/IT platforms / infrastructure such as Azure (Microsoft), Watson (IBM), Alexa (Amazon), DeepMind (Alphabet), and such others.
Who will succeed and emerge as leading suppliers, what will the architecture of their offerings and the open standards they will follow are questions that await answers. May be, mega mergers and acquisitions are the way-out and probably are in the making; or we may have to watch for the success of collaboration agreements, such as the one between ABB and IBM. Yet another way out may be for the push to come from the end users. One such example is the ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company’s forward looking initiative. It has entered into an agreement with Lockheed Martin to serve as a system integrator in the early stage development of new architecture for the next-generation open and secure automation systems for process industries. They intend sharing the details of the new architecture resulting from their efforts with OT players. Interesting developments and mind games are on and it is difficult to predict how it will play out and who will emerge winners.


Rajabahadur V. Arcot is an Independent Industry Analyst / Columnist and Business Consultant with around 40 years of senior managerial experience. He has held C-level executive positions in leading companies, such as Honeywell, Thermax, Bells Controls an affiliate of Foxboro / Invensys, Electronics Corporation of India Limited and Instrumentation Limited. Until recently, he was responsible for ARC Advisory Group’s business operations in India. He writes industry and technology trend articles, market research reports, case studies, white papers, and automation & manufacturing IT insights. He is the representative in India for Spitzer and Boyes LLC.

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Bedrock Gets New WWTP Job from Lynchburg, VA

New Bedrock system at Lynchburg VA

Bedrock Automation announced that the City of Lynchburg, Virginia has selected the Bedrock control system for its wastewater treatment operations. The City implemented Bedrock to control both de-chlorination and storm water remediation operations, and is planning other integration and control applications as part of its ongoing modernization program. Systems integration firm Instrulogic of North Carolina provided programming support to help deploy and integrate the system with the City’s Inductive Automation Ignition™ SCADA HMI network.

“We want to transform from a centralized to a distributed approach using edge controller capabilities. Bedrock enables us to use remote monitoring, bringing many devices online into our SCADA system for the first time,” said Jason Hamlin, SCADA Manager, City of Lynchburg.

The Lynchburg Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant treats an average of 13 million gallons a day for Lynchburg and surrounding communities. The first two phases of its modernization initiative include automation of the residual chlorine removal process and the mitigation and notification of storm water overflows. The Bedrock platform supplied Lynchburg with an affordable alternative for transforming a complex, aging, and connectivity-challenged de-chlorination system.  It also proved the most rapid and cost-effective approach to address their storm water collection and alert-compliance issues.

“Providing public access to the existing scanner/alarm in the current environment meant opening access to the SCADA system, which we could not do. Bedrock’s cyber security allows us to confidently monitor overflows and feed data to the Ignition SCADA system, while providing public notifications,” said Hamlin.

According to Hamlin, a key to Bedrock’s flexibility is its modern and free Integrated Development Platform (IDE). The ability to switch over to Bedrock without interrupting treatment operations is facilitated by the embedded simulation capabilities that ensure a solution is fully tested before deployment.

Lynchburg continues to find new opportunities to leverage Bedrock’s breadth of capabilities. The team is currently evaluating a request to connect the Ignition SCADA system to the city’s business network for secure administrative and reporting, and the Bedrock system would simplify data collection.

“I could probably run the whole plant with one controller if I wanted to. I can also monitor much more than with my previous vendor, across multiple protocols and with no additional system cost,” said Hamlin.