Uncovering Unknown Risks with a Safety Risk Assessment and Analysis

May 16, 2012 2:55:00 AM | Posted by Gene Niewoehner

"Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know."

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Control is in the Details

May 15, 2012 3:02:00 AM | Posted by Karl Schrader

Over the range of projects we work on, we find ourselves constantly shifting focus from very distant overhead views to the minutest details. For the most part, we tend to relate the big picture information effects to big picture decisions. After all, little detail oriented decisions really only affect a component level change. While we certainly do not hold these guidelines to be law, these concepts oftentimes cloud our judgment and narrow our view of root cause options. Sometimes something small can have a big picture effect.

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Is Your Control System Training Program Up-to-Date?

May 9, 2012 3:02:00 AM | Posted by Bill Stewart

When it comes to control system training, you’ve undoubtedly heard this phrase said to new folks:

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HART: New Lease On Life

May 8, 2012 3:56:00 AM | Posted by Sergei Kuznetsov

Working in our industry it is impossible to avoid bumping into the HART Communication protocol. Introduced in the mid-1980s by Rosemount as an attempt to find an inexpensive, almost trial way to get more information from smart field instrumentation, it later developed into something that finds its way back even when it seems to have outlived its purpose.

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Pardon me, your Slip is Showing!

May 2, 2012 3:58:00 AM | Posted by Lori Hayes

The corporate world we live in today relies on the information highway, an interconnected network system where business transactions are carried out in cyber space. Left undiscovered, a system’s vulnerability can lead to Intellectual Property (IP) loss, financial loss and confidential data exposure. In the Industrial Control System (ICS), hidden vulnerabilities can be exploited through malware, such as viruses and trojans, and can cause similar outcomes including unpredictable operations and expensive downtime, resulting in a loss of production and compromised safety systems.

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Expecting The Unexpected: The Risks That Didn't Make The Project Plan

May 1, 2012 3:58:00 AM | Posted by Brad Ems

If you’ve been in controls long enough, it’s happened to you: a project that seemed to be going well suddenly hits a wall that was unforeseen and whose effects threaten to derail it irreversibly. My Waterloo came with a project to automate a press that made abrasive bars for honing pipe welds, compressing sand-like material into rectangular “sticks” that were then baked to produce the final product.

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Four Reasons Why You Need to Attend Our Webinar: Upgrading DCS with No BS

Apr 30, 2012 8:51:00 AM | Posted by Paul Galeski

With budget constraints, fear, uncertainty and doubt, DCS migration most likely feels like a nightmare. But we can make it easier. MAVERICK’s Upgrading DCS with No BS can help you sort through the mess and come out on top. Here are four good reasons to attend.

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Why Resources are Creating a Bottleneck in the Automation World

Apr 25, 2012 3:43:00 AM | Posted by Chad Harper

A perfect storm is brewing in the automation world, and it has nothing to do with hardware or software. It’s about resources, which are fast becoming a bottleneck in the industry. Why? Well, there are several factors at play. I’ll address some of the bigger ones:

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