Unlocking Value with Blockchain in Oil & Gas Steve Clouther Fri, 01/18/2019 - 10:11
Blockchain enables independent entities with shared pain points and related interests to form a consortium.  The typical objective is to improve operational performance by sharing trusted data with rapid visibility. What about blockchain in Oil & Gas?
Integrating HART Field Devices Effectively Steve Clouther Fri, 01/11/2019 - 14:04
The vast majority of the tens of millions of field instruments in process plants today support the HART protocol. Though dating from the 1980s, HART can provide a number of important and valuable services for end users if they were Integrating HART Field Devices.
Benefits of Digital Transformation Highlighted at AspenTech OPTIMIZE China 2018 Steve Clouther Fri, 01/04/2019 - 11:03
AspenTech recently held its OPTIMIZE China 2018 conference in Beijing, China, which highlighted the benefits of digital transformation.
Plant Flexibilization:  An Evolutionary Paradigm in Power Generation Steve Clouther Thu, 12/20/2018 - 11:54
A joint presentation by silver sponsor, Steag, at ARC’s Sixteenth India Forum provided a detailed view on the application of latest technological solutions and services for flexibilization of thermal power plants.
Emerson Exchange Features Strong Cybersecurity Message Steve Clouther Wed, 12/19/2018 - 11:04
For end users in the process industries, cybersecurity concerns permeate all the way down to the sensor level and throughout many plant work processes and procedures.  Emerson recently had a chance to showcase the company’s cybersecurity knowledge and offerings at the Emerson Exchange end user conference in San Antonio. 
Unleashing the Power of Wireless Technology to Achieve Operational Excellence Steve Clouther Thu, 11/29/2018 - 16:09
At the recent ARC India Forum, silver sponsor Emerson Process Management teamed up with one of its many chemical industry customers to make a compelling presentation about adopting Wireless Technology for operational excellence. 
Supply Chain Transparency from Farm to Table Steve Clouther Thu, 11/29/2018 - 15:57
 The food and beverage supply chain from farm to table continues to increase in complexity with pressures from changing customer interests, regulatory controls, and global competition.  Companies can respond by adopting technologies – including IoT and blockchain - to improve control and flexibility while increasing food trust and brand protection, but they need more supply chain transparency.
Securing Blended IT, OT, and IoT Systems Steve Clouther Tue, 11/20/2018 - 10:35
While these connectivity-related developments offer significant benefits, they also increase the risks of cyber incidents.  Connectivity creates new attack vectors, removes barriers to lateral movement, and enables broader access to information stores and critical control systems that amplifies the potential impact. 
AspenTech Aims to Optimize Asset Performance in Industrial Process Plants Steve Clouther Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:45
Three years ago, Antonio Pietri, President and CEO of AspenTech, announced the company’s intention to pursue a new industrial strategy.  At the company’s Global Users conference in Houston, Mr. Pietri announced new activities around asset optimization, analytics, and Big Data. Now, with its latest initiative, AspenTech aims to optimize asset performance in industrial process plants.
A Unified Approach to Managing Risk for Process Safety and Cybersecurity Steve Clouther Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:21
Innovation often happens when different disciplines share knowledge.  We’re seeing this today with increased interactions between the risk management, industrial cybersecurity, and process safety disciplines.  Risk-based approaches are at the heart of the process safety lifecycle and end users are becoming increasingly interested in applying these same principles to cybersecurity in industrial process environments. 
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