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Bedrock Automation, the maker of the world's first Open Secure Automation (OSA) platform, has released an informative white paper on the cyber security vulnerabilities and defense of industrial control systems. The 20-page document, Securing Industrial Control Systems - Best Practices, covers the threat landscape and presents a holistic approach to defending it, including assessing risk, physical security, network security, workstation and server security, as well as the fundamentals of OSA.
Emerson has announced a major upgrade to its SolaHD SDN 40-24-100C 40A DIN rail power supply that doubles the number of terminals available for improved connectivity to power multiple devices, while also stepping up its heat rating to expand the number of types of hazardous environments where the power supply can be deployed.
The new NAUTIZ X9 from Handheld Group is an ultra-rugged enterprise handheld built for fieldwork in the most challenging outdoor or industrial environments.The Nautiz X9 Android handheld is targeted for industrial and field applications where reliability is critical and ruggedness is key. Offering a complete and unique set of features, the fully rugged Nautiz X9 can be used as a mobile computer, data collector or field controller. It offers:
- A quad-core processor and easy-to-use Android 7 (Nougat) OS.
- GPS/GLONASS capabilities standard.
- Optional high-quality, high-speed 2D imager.
- Dual cameras including 13-megapixel rear-facing with autofocus and flash, and 2-megapixel front-facing.
- 4G/LTE Android phone functionality.
- Google GMS for Google Maps navigation and Play Store app access.
- A sunlight-readable 5-inch capacitive display with multi-touch sensitivity.
- IP67 ruggedness rating for waterproof, dust-tight performance.
Endress+Hauser is pleased to announce the alignment of partnerships with Angus Measurement Services, TechnipFMC and its sales and service representative Vector Controls. The automation companies will collaborate to bring added value to the oil and gas industry, assisting customers with transition to the digital oilfield.
In the oil and gas market, where prices and profits are volatile, cutting costs and expenses becomes a higher priority. Even with signs of a market recovery, companies must focus on viability for the long term by not compromising on productivity and safety standards. How can companies most cost-effectively manage assets in this economy?
WellAware, the oil and gas industry's only full-stack solution for oilfield monitoring and optimization, and CheckPoint Pumps & Systems (CheckPoint), a leading provider of chemical injection solutions, announced today a product partnership to offer complete pump rate monitoring and control for CheckPoint's full line of pumps.
As offshore oil and gas operations strive to boost productivity and increase revenue while ensuring the safety and security of workers, the industry, like many others, is turning to data capture and analytics to increase visibility and drive efficiency.
In the digital age, the world is transforming at a rapid pace, especially in industry with the deployment of the Industrial Internet of Things. That's the same for Caterpillar customers and the industries they serve. Caterpillar is merging deep domain expertise with digital technologies to create solutions that help customers improve their business operations and better manage risk.
Honeywell Process Solutions has announced the introduction of its Experion Local Control Network (LCN) solution. This new offering enables the incremental upgrade of the company's legacy TotalPlant Solution (TPS) control system to allow for a secure, seamless integration with Experion PKS. With Experion LCN, Honeywell is providing a path for continuous innovation to customers around the world.
Schneider Electric Software recently hosted its midstream industry user conference, Innovation Summit: Digital Pipelines 2017. The event focused on innovation and excellence in pipeline operations in the areas of safety, efficiency and connectivity. At this event, Schneider Electric Software made a number of significant product release announcements that deliver enhanced functionality and usability to users of Schneider Electric's pipeline management software.
The control room is the brain of pipeline operations; it serves as the command center for decisions both inside and out in the field. The brain thinks clearly and strategically when it is used to its full potential; when overwhelmed with information, it causes stress and lack of direction. The same is true for pipeline control rooms and operators.
Energy companies will struggle to derive the maximum value from the Internet of Things (IoT) without access to radically improved, reliable, high-speed connectivity. This is according to independent research commissioned by Inmarsat, which found that while the overwhelming majority of energy companies are in the process of deploying or developing IoT solutions, low rates of connectivity are preventing them from realizing the full benefits that IoT can deliver.
Schlumberger has introduced DrillPlan digital well construction planning solution at the SIS Global Forum — the first step in the DELFI cognitive E&P environment. The DrillPlan solution is part of a fully integrated well construction offering, which transforms planning and execution performance, and enhances the efficiency and quality of every well drilled.
Siemens is utilizing its digitalization knowledge and experience and applying it to the oil and gas production industry with its Topsides 4.0 solution. Underpinned by secure communications and centered around the key modules of compression, power generation, power distribution, and automation, Siemens Topsides 4.0 offers a digital lifecycle solution to offshore production facilities.
Microsoft and Halliburton have announced plans to enter into a strategic alliance to drive digital transformation across the oil and gas industry. The relationship will combine the expertise of a global leader in cloud and digital transformation with a global leader in exploration and production (E&P) science, software and services.
Seeq Corporation announces the release of its latest version, Seeq R18. This is the 7th release of Seeq software in just the past 18 months, driven by input from customers expanding their use of Seeq. Seeq is a visual analytics application for engineers and scientists in process manufacturing organizations to rapidly wrangle, investigate, and share insights on production data. Target markets include oil & gas, pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, mining, food and beverage, and other process industries.