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Industrial Control System Secure By Design

Inductive Automation included a number of partner companies in its Ignition Community Conference last week in Folsom, CA. Among these companies was Bedrock Automation. I’ve written about Bedrock before a few times. This trip I was looking at its display when its CEO in disguise appeared. Why it matters: Cyber security is at the top […]

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Emerson Launches IIoT-Enabled Controller Taking Aim At PLCs

Just when I thought I’d never write about Controllers, here comes a very interesting announcement from Emerson Automation Solutions [note new name]. Taking direct aim at its competitors who have moved aggressively from discrete control into process systems, Emerson announced launch of the DeltaV PK Controller. This controller targets fast-growth industries traditionally less reliant on […]

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Coding Guidelines For Qualitative and Standardized PLC Programming

Can we bring more discipline to PLC programming in industrial control? Discussion swirls at every gathering of automation professionals about the new generation of engineers entering (we hope) the industry. One thing for sure, the new generation begins with a much deeper computer science background than any before. Will they want to continue to code […]

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Talking MQTT For Industrial Data Exchange

I ran a brief series on industrial data, interoperability, and the Purdue Model (see this one, for example, and others about that time). It’s about how data is becoming decoupled from the application. It’s not hierarchical, seeking out applications that need it. This week I took a look at Opto 22’s latest innovation—use of RESTful […]

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Product Day At Rockwell Automation TechED

Second day Rockwell Automation TechED keynote speakers drilled down into the weeds a little to flesh out the High Performance Architecture and Connected Enterprise themes from day one. Unusual for a second day general session, the room was about as packed as for day one. There is little mention of Internet of Things at this […]

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New Products Introduced by Schneider Electric at Connect 2016

Schneider Electric automation President Gary Freburger talked about living in a time of immense change in the industry. Sandy Vasser of ExxonMobil (my last report) discussed some of the disruptions his team is working on. One of the disruptions relates to configurable I/O. At the conference, Schneider Electric announced an update to its Intelligent Marshalling […]

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More on Industrial Protocols and Standards

John Bernadin (retired Rockwell Automation executive) posted a comment on my LinkedIn post of my blog post on Protocol Wars–Vendors versus Standards. “From the PLC side, the Auto industry began major efforts to drive standards in the 1990’s like GM’s MAP mfg automation protocol. However, after a decade they realized that even with their leadership […]

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cybersecurity

Real-Time Cyber Attack Detection for SCADA Devices

SCADA devices and networks remain a prime target for cyber attacks. Everything I’ve written has approached cybersecurity from a different angle. This is the first solution that has come my way that uses a deception approach. Attivo Networks announced Dec. 7, 2015 a release of its deception-based Attivo BOTsink solution that provides continuous threat detection […]

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Bedrock Ethernet I/O

Software Configurable Ethernet IO Module with Embedded Cyber Security

Bedrock Automation extends to the industrial Ethernet domain its commitment to deliver “Simple, Scalable and Secure” automation.  The SIO4.E Ethernet I/O module plugs into the Bedrock pinless electromagnetic backplane to receive Bedrock’s patented Black Fabric cyber security protection. Each of the module’s five I/O channels is independently software configurable. The initial library of Ethernet protocols […]

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History of the PLC

AutomationDirect’s blog often discusses new products the company is introducing. These are many as the company has transitioned from PLC Direct with a catalog sales model dating from the mid-90s selling Koyo PLCs rejected by Siemens when it had acquired that division of Texas Instruments to the present super-distributor model. Recently they posted an article […]

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