Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Secure Your Control & Automation Systems.

Using the ISA/IEC 62443 Standards

The ISA Ireland Section and the ISA European Office are conducting Cybersecurity Training Courses in both Cork & Dublin this September.

ISA’s cybersecurity courses and exams are built on the solid foundation of the ISA/IEC 62443 series of industry consensus standards, which give requirements for security assessment, design, implementation, operations, and management of devices and processes. The series of standards cover the complete lifecycle of cybersecurity protection, are a part of the NIST US Cybersecurity Framework, and have been developed in coordination with government and academia.

The first course is entitled: Using the ISA/IEC 62443 Standards to Secure Your Control Systems (IC32)
The move to using open standards such as Ethernet, TCP/IP, and web technologies in supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and process control networks has begun to expose these systems to the same cyberattacks that have wreaked so much havoc on corporate information systems. This course provides a detailed look at how the ANSI/ISA99 standards can be used to protect your critical control systems. It also explores the procedural and technical differences between the security for traditional IT environments and those solutions appropriate for SCADA or plant floor environments.
Cork: 17-18 September 2018
Dublin:  24-25 September 2018

The second course is: Assessing the Cybersecurity of New or Existing IACS Systems (IC33)
The first phase in the IACS Cybersecurity Lifecycle (defined in ISA 62443-1-1) is to identify and document IACS assets and perform a cybersecurity vulnerability and risk assessment in order to identify and understand the high-risk vulnerabilities that require mitigation. Per ISA 62443-2-1 these assessments need to be performed on both new (i.e. greenfield) and existing (i.e. brownfield) applications. Part of the assessment process involves developing a zone and conduit model of the system, identifying security level targets, and documenting the cybersecurity requirements into a cybersecurity requirements specification (CRS).
Cork: 19-21 Septemeber 2018
Dublin: 26-28 September 2018

These courses provides a detailed look at how the ISA/IEC62443 standards can be used to protect critical control systems. It also explores the procedural and technical differences between the security for traditional IT environments and those solutions appropriate for SCADA or plant floor environments.

Places are limited for these courses and there will be no further courses in this range until 2019.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Flow assurance for oil & gas production.

Yokogawa has announced that it has introduced an on-demand hydrate risk management solution that helps offshore oil platform operators to maintain production levels, protect plant assets, and minimise operating expenses and downtime by optimising pipeline chemical injection. The new solution integrates industry-leading simulation software from KBC, a wholly-owned subsidiary, with Yokogawa’s flexible supervisory control & data acquisition (SCADA) software to deliver a dashboard that enables consolidated, on-demand monitoring. Automated chemical injection metering valve technology can also be integrated as required.

The formation of gas hydrates that block pipelines is, together with other flow assurance issues such as waxes, asphaltenes, and scales, a major concern in the oil and gas industry for maintaining integrity of pipeline flow. The threat is particularly high in offshore oil platforms, which are increasingly moving to deepwater operations, as the fluid may cool to low temperatures in the flowline or in the production facilities. Hydrates form rapidly at certain temperature and pressure conditions, and can result in serious decreases in production levels, equipment damage, safety issues, and even emergency shutdown of equipment. To mitigate this risk, operators generally inject chemical inhibitors into the hydrocarbon flow to prevent the formation of hydrates or other threats to production.

During the plant design phase of oil and gas offshore platforms, modeling and simulation software and pre- operation field test data is utilised to optimise the pipeline network design and calculate the amount of inhibitor required to prevent hydrate formation. During operations too, field operators use the simulation results to calculate the amount of inhibitor to be injected into the flow. Injection rates are regularly reviewed by field experts, but without real-time visibility into the actual state of the pipeline, operators tend to overdose the inhibitor to provide a sufficient buffer for daily operational conditions and to compensate for changes in field properties over time. This can result in excessive chemical use and increased operating expenses. With the aim of enabling more efficient hydrate risk management, Yokogawa has developed a common dashboard for KBC’s two advanced, complementary simulation software solutions, Maximus® and Multiflash®, and Yokogawa’s own FAST/TOOLS™ SCADA system, making on-demand flow assurance a possibility for the first time.

KBC’s Maximus is a purpose-built tool for compositional thermal hydraulic steady state simulations of pipeline networks, including wells, choke valves, flowlines and a wide range of processing equipment. It can be used as both a production forecaster and flow assurance tool by predicting physical conditions of the network. Multiflash is the de facto standard pressure-volume-temperature (PVT) modeling solution for hydrocarbon flow assurance and production modeling due to its scope and accuracy. It is used to evaluate the phase behavior and physical and transport properties of complex mixtures and pure substances, and excels in modeling multi-phase hydrocarbon mixtures.

Used as an integrated SCADA system within and between plants, FAST/TOOLS offers the ability to work with and present information from various data sources and applications on a single dashboard. In this solution, data from temperature and pressure sensors in the subsea wellhead, pipeline(s) and offshore platform are collected by FAST/TOOLS and sent to KBC’s simulation software continuously or when operators require up-to-date hydrate formation risk information. Based on the results, FAST/TOOLS then displays the level and specific location of hydrate risk, and provides operators with the current hydrate formation curve and key performance indicators in one unified dashboard. In addition, the solution calculates the recommended level of inhibitor injection that enables them to balance risk and cost with a given margin. Integrating the KBC simulation and modelling technology with Yokogawa’s flexible SCADA platform enables operators to quickly make informed decisions about inhibitor injection volumes by getting the information they need on demand, without having to rely on periodic engineer analysis. Customers also have the option of leveraging the precise, automated FluidComTM chemical injection metering valve technology of subsidiary Yokogawa TechInvent AS to achieve an end-to-end hydrate risk management solution.

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Death of Senior Executive at Anritsu. RIP

The death has been announced of Gerald Ostheimer Senior VP Anritsu and EMEA MD. RIP

Gerald Ostheimer RIP
Here is their statement:

'It is with the deepest and most profound sadness that Anritsu regretfully announce the passing of Gerald Ostheimer, Senior Vice President Anritsu Corporation and Managing Director EMEA, on August 21st at the age of 61.

“Gerald enjoyed a long career in the Test and Measurement industry. During his fourteen years at Anritsu he made outstanding contributions to the company’s success and he will be sorely missed” said Hirokazu Hamada, President of Anritsu Corporation.'

Automation Veteran appointed CEO.

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has appointed automation industry veteran Mary Ramsey as its new Executive Director.

Mary Ramsey
Ramsey, who has been serving as ISA’s Interim Executive Director since January of this year, has more than 25 years of industrial automation experience. She specializes in leadership, change management and strategy development/execution. Prior to serving as ISA’s Interim Executive Director, she was the Senior Vice President of Process Automation, Americas Region, at Schneider Electric, where she was responsible for a $550 million profit/loss statement and 1,200 employees. She has also served as Senior Vice President of Industry Business USA and Senior Vice President of Industry Business Europe within Schneider. Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Ramsey held several business development roles within Matrikon International; Instrinsyc; Intellution, Inc.; and GE Fanuc, among others.

“Mary is a dynamic, experienced leader with a deep understanding of automation and the industries we represent,” said 2018 ISA President Brian Curtis. “She has proven her ability to think strategically and help the organization align its priorities during her tenure as Interim Executive Director, and we are thrilled to welcome her on board permanently.”

A search committee comprised of nine ISA members and leaders from around the world worked to review dozens of resumes and conduct a series of interviews over the last several months. The committee’s work resulted in a recommendation to appoint Ramsey.

Steve Pflantz
“The search committee has dedicated significant time and effort to make this decision. We are confident that Mary’s leadership and extensive experience will serve the organization, its members and the automation community well for years to come,” said Executive Search Committee Chair and Past President, Steve Pflantz.

“It’s an honor to serve as ISA’s Executive Director,” said Ramsey. “I’m excited to work with staff, members and leaders to bring a fresh perspective to this important organization. ISA is truly unique in its ability to bring the automation community together to solve difficult technical problems and provide leadership on critical issues facing our industries. We have a lot of work to do, and with the help and support of individuals and companies around the world, we will advance ISA’s mission and create a successful future.”

Ramsey holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering (BSEE) degree from the University of Kentucky and a master of business administration (MBA) degree with a specialty in finance and strategy from Loyola University.

@ISA_Interchange #PAuto #Automation #ISAuto

Monday, August 27, 2018

HVAC air flow!

The EE650 air flow transmitter from E+E Elektronik is dedicated for building automation and process control. The highly accurate device allows for reliable control of the air velocity in ventilation ducts and air conditioning systems. Besides the version with analogue output, the transmitter offers now RS485 interface and Modbus or BACnet protocol.

The EE650, available for duct mount as well as with remote sensing probe, measures air velocity up to 20 m/s (4000 ft/min). The new version features RS485 interface with Modbus RTU or BACnet MS/TP protocol, which facilitates the integration into a bus system. The EE650 with analogue output provides the measured data either as current or voltage signal. The measuring range, the output signal and the response time are user selectable.

The E+E air flow sensing element employed in EE650 operates on the hot-film anemometer principle. State-of-the-art transfer molding technology gives the thin-film sensor a high mechanical stability. Due to its innovative flow profile, the sensing element is particularly resistant to contamination, which leads to excellent measurement accuracy and long-term stability.

The functional IP65 / NEMA 4 enclosure and the mounting flange included in the scope of supply facilitate the installation of the transmitter.

With an optional adapter cable and the free EE-PCS product configuration software, the user can adjust the EE650, set the output scale and select the interface parameters.

E+E Elektronic products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology Ltd

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Environmental monitoring instrument fleet.

Ashtead Technology has significantly increased its fleet of equipment for environmental and occupational safety monitoring with the addition of the TSI QUEST range of instruments. As a TSI Gold Channel Distributor, Ashtead will offer these advanced instruments for both hire and sale; providing customers with both instrumental and financial flexibility.

“This is a major boost to our instrument fleet," comments Senior Sales Manager Josh Thomas. “With a comprehensive range of options for toxic gases, dust, noise and heat stress, the QUEST instruments will help us to ensure that customers employ the best possible monitoring equipment for every application.”

Ashtead Technology has already invested heavily on the resources and training necessary to provide a high level of customer support for TSI products, so Josh says: “There will be a smooth transition into our range and we are delighted to be able to offer customers even greater choice.”

The new range includes key products such as the TSI QUEST EVM-7 for monitoring toxic gases and dust, the SE-400 sound level meters and the TSI QUEST Heat Stress Monitor.

“By monitoring dust as well as toxic gases, the EVM-7 will enable some customers to use one instrument where previously two were necessary, and the sound level meters have an option for ATEX certification when working in potentially explosive atmospheres.”

@ashteadtech  #PAuto