Operational Technology Viewpoints

Insights on emerging technologies, practices, and processes for enhancing operational excellence.

Jul
26
2018
Janice Abel — Industry Trends

Investing in Advanced Analytics Technology for Operational Excellence

Advanced analytics, including technologies for predictive analytics, machine learning, and data science, are getting a lot of press and market funding. Recent research indicates that a growing number of executives believe that the right advanced analytics tool would improve their processes.

Jul
26
2018
Larry O'Brien — Technology Trends

ARC, Nozomi Webinar on Cybersecurity and IT/OT Convergence

Convergence has obvious implications for cybersecurity. OT’s focus on non-stop operations and eliminating unscheduled downtime is raising the cybersecurity issue on the IT side, and increased data from IT is raising the same issue on the OT side. Each organization’s behavior is driven by what they value, how they think, and how they are rewarded.
Jul
24
2018
Paul Miller — Industry Trends

Distributed Waste Processing and Power Gen for Smart Cities

Recently, while pondering the potential role of distributed waste processing and distributed power generation in the context of smart cities, my thoughts reached back to when, during my tenure at a large automation supplier, we had to come to terms with losing a major

Jul
20
2018
Harry Forbes — Company and Product News

New RFI for Open Process Automation System Integration

A new Request for Information (RFI) on Open Process Automation was issued yesterday by ExxonMobil Research and Engineering (EMRE). Here is a statement from EMRE about the RFI:

 

Jul
17
2018
Dick Hill — Industry Trends

Is CPAS Still Relevant in the Emerging Open Process Automation Era?

Is ARC’s Collaborative Process Automation Systems (CPAS) still relevant today in light of the current, end user-driven Open Process Automation initiative and other trends such as IIoT, Industrie 4.0, NAMUR Open Automation (NOA), digital transformation, IT-OT convergence, cloud and edge computing, etc.?
Jul
12
2018
Mark Sen Gupta — Industry Trends

Notes from the Entelec 2018 Spring Conference

I spent some time at the Entelec 2018 Spring Conference in Houston this past May. It’s one of the few industry conferences focusing on communications and control technologies used by petroleum, natural gas, pipeline and electric utility companies. And that’s why I attend.
Jul
10
2018
Paul Miller — Industry Trends

Manufacturing Innovation: They Don’t Make Paper Like They Used To!

During a recent vacation to Italy, my wife and I had the opportunity to tour the Museo della Carta (Paper Museum) in the town of Amalfi. One source I came across referred to this museum as “a jewel of industrial archaeology,” and I fully agree. Built in the 14th century this is oldest remaining paper factory in Europe. It continued manufacturing paper until the middle of the 20th century. The museum still produces small quantities of the highly desirable “bambagina” paper for sale in its small gift shop, along with beautiful artisanal note cards and other items made from bambagina. According to one Amalfi Coast tourist site, to this day, artists around the world appreciate this very soft, thick, and elegant rag paper. It certainly is a far cry from the paper we regularly feed into our copy machines and printers! At the Amalfi paper factory-cum-museum, a stream runs right under this cavern-like building, which powered all the machines and provided the prerequisite clean “process” water. While crude by today’s standards, many of these machines were quite ingenious in design and demonstrated that manufacturing innovation has a long history.
Jul
06
2018
Larry O'Brien — Technology Trends

ARC & SANS Webcast: Cybersecurity & Process Safety Convergence

In advance of the SANS Oil and Gas Cybersecurity Summit in Houston Oct. 1-6, I will be participating in a webcast with Doug Wylie of SANS and Marty Edwards of the Automation Federation to discuss the emergence of new process safety system malware and its impact on the process industries, including both upstream and downstream oil and gas. 
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