A Little Off-Topic: Peter S. Beagle Named SFWA Grand Master

Peter S. Beagle Named SFWA Damon Knight Grand Master I don’t always write about automation, technology, and manufacturing. I write and edit science fiction, fantasy and alternate history as well. This brings me into contact with a variety of well-known … Continued

Consolidating Distribution

The Ongoing Consolidation Trend in Distribution E+H Appoints TriNova in Upstate New York and New England When your editor first began working as a sales engineer in the automation industry, distribution in North America was defined by the Dodge marketing … Continued

Emerson Acquires ProSys Inc.

Emerson Completes Acquisition of ProSys, Inc. Deal adds new software capabilities to improve plant performance and brings new technologies to Emerson’s Operational Certainty initiative Emerson (NYSE: EMR) announced on the 17th of January that it has acquired ProSys Inc., a … Continued

Is Malware the Achilles Heel of the IIoT?

Is Malware the Achilles Heel of the IIoT? By Walt Boyes (Originally published in the December 2017 Industrial Automation and Process Control INSIDER) The big appeal of the Industrial Internet of Things is the potential vast increase of meaningful information … Continued

Analog Output Accuracy: The Devil In the Details

Flowmeters typically contain multiple components that introduce error into the flow measurement system. A simple flow measurement system may be comprised of a primary flow element and a transmitter that processes signals from the primary flow element. Sometimes, the primary … Continued

HIMA talks SIS Cyber

HIMA, the largest independent safety instrumented system manufacturer, today released this press release: (Houston, TX, January 11, 2018) In late 2017 the ICS cybersecurity specialist Dragos announced that a safety controller (SIS) of a HIMA competitor in a process facility … Continued

December 2017 INSIDER discusses cyber-badness

The 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. … Continued

Schneider Releases Triconex Malware Advisory

From the Schneider Electric announcement: Malware Discovered Affecting Triconex Safety Controllers V1.1 December 14, 2017 Overview ____________________________________________________________________________ Schneider Electric is aware of a directed incident affecting a single customer’s Triconex Tricon safety shutdown system. ____________________________________________________________________________ We are working closely with … Continued

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