Safety is not the only driver of automation and robotics in mining

  With frequent – and now in some sectors of the mining industry, ongoing – strikes the question arises: should more automation be deployed in mines?  I posed this question to Dr. Declan Vogt , strategic research manager at the CSIR Centre for Mining Innovation.  “I believe that it is the way we are heading!”  […]

Are you getting optimum value from your investment in thermal imaging?

  Thermography is not just pointing the camera at an object. You have to know what you are imaging and then how to interpret the image. Thermal imaging is not just about pointing a camera at a switch, a transformer or risky cable connection. As in photography, a “mik en druk”  (point and press) camera cannot […]

Protecting industrial control systems and SCADA networks

  Cyber attacks on critical infrastructures are now a reality. Power generation facilities, metropolitan traffic control systems, water treatment systems and factories have become targets of attackers and have been hit with an array of network breach, data theft and denial of service activity. Service uptime, data integrity, compliance and even public safety require that […]

CERN Large Hadron Collider instrumental in medical and automation developments

  It is almost unbelievable that systems like LabView, PXI and NI FlexRio hardware could become an important and integral part of a CERN-developed treatment for cancer. CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) made history over the past few years when it fired up the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), probing the fundamental structure of […]

Integrating data from different sources

  Using open architectures with flexible structures based on internet technologies to integrate information from a wide variety of different sources. Data relating to process equipment and components is generated throughout the lifecycle of a plant. Where data generated in one phase of the plant lifecycle (e.g. during procurement) is required in another phase (e.g. […]

Two industrial worlds have merged

Traditionally, the worlds of PLC, motion control and control technology on one hand, with measurement technology and “lab applications” on the other, have diverged when it comes to data entry and processing in an industrial environment. Yet divergence always means having to use additional interfaces, which leads to restrictions on efficiency and operating convenience. But […]

Protect your assests

 Make sure you understand the do’s and don’ts of process safety, including safety instrumented systems, PLC redundancy, fieldbus technology, field devices, standards and employee skills. Changes in technology have led to a variety of recent developments in process safety, with many suppliers releasing new systems that depart from the past significantly. These do’s and don’ts […]

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