In Part 1 of this article we discussed the findings from the Industrial Security Industry Database, which indicated a significant rise in cyber attacks on SCADA, manufacturing and processing systems.
Historically, critical infrastructures and manufacturing processes have been monitored and controlled using industrial control and SCADA systems that have operated in isolated environments. These control systems rarely shared information with outside systems, and were typically composed of proprietary hardware and software components designed specifically for control operations.
A formal, strategic, integrated systems approach can help reduce cost, provide higher security and lower risk, according to new research.
SAP Australia and IBM Australia today announced an agreement that will see IBM and its Business Partner network take SAP all-in-one industry-specific ERP solutions to the local mid-market.
Retrieving plant data across all facets of the production environment is vital for optimising productivity and making appropriate business decisions. The challenge is making that data relevant and available to everyone who needs it in the organisation
The EDS-510A from Moxa comes equipped with three gigabit ethernet ports, making it suitable for building a redundant gigabit turbo ring backbone, while leaving a spare gigabit port for uplink or ring coupling. The switch is designed especially for demanding communications applications such as process control, shipbuilding, ITS and DCS systems, which can benefit from a scalable backbone construction.
Data mining can offer manufacturers an effective solution when traditional methods of analysis are not suitable. The return on investment can result in improved product performance, less scrap and reword and decreased testing
Ineffective alarm systems pose a serious risk to safety, the environment and plant profitability. Too often, alarm system effectiveness is unknowingly undermined by poorly configured alarms
The Motor Condition Monitor (MCM) by Artesis is an award-winning* software and hardware-based product that has been developed using model-based monitoring technology for predictive maintenance of electric motors and motor based machinery.
"How effective is your maintenance strategy?" is a question often posed to engineers and one which is mostly very difficult to answer with any degree of certainty. It's a critical consideration: the wrong decision can cause costly mistakes
It is widely acknowledged that effective maintenance strategies and practices have a direct impact on process efficiency and productivity and therefore on bottom line profitability. Yet maintenance is still often seen as a cost, rather than an investment