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IT July 8, 2022

Colonial Pipeline fined almost $1 million

PHMSA stated that Colonial Pipeline Company failed to adequately plan for manual shutdown and restart of its pipeline system.

By Erin Anderson
IT March 9, 2022

More connected industrial workers: How are companies mitigating risk?

With more remote connections to industrial plants and facilities, risk of cybersecurity breaches has increased. What risk mitigation is in place?

By Sid Snitkin
IT September 10, 2021

Connectivity in the wild: taking oil fields to the cloud

Pumping data from wells to a safe and secure location

By Eric Troyer
IT August 27, 2021

Cybersecurity project abroad deepwater drilling rigs

Naval Dome and the offshore division of a supermajor have identified and mitigated cyber risks common to offshore deepwater drilling rigs.

By Naval Dome
IT August 20, 2021

Colonial pipeline attack debrief and lessons

Recent high-profile attacks such as Colonial Pipeline underline the point that critical infrastructure attacks will get worse before they get better.

By Robert Fairfax
IT August 16, 2021

How the American Jobs Plan could improve critical infrastructure cybersecurity

Provisions within the American Jobs Plan could improve critical infrastructure cybersecurity, but it's the first in many steps needed to make the nation safer from cyber attacks.

By Robert Fairfax
IT July 28, 2021

TSA Pipeline cybersecurity directive announced

DHS and CISA released a security directive for critical pipeline operators

By John Livingston
IT May 21, 2021

Colonial Pipeline incident reinforces value of managed OT system isolation

The cyberattack that compromised Colonial Pipeline serves as sobering reminder that operational technology (OT) system isolation must be consistently managed. Four lessons from the incident are highlighted.

By Jonathan Lang, Andrew Meyers, Leif Eriksen
IT April 13, 2021

Hannover Messe Digital Edition: Digital transformation, international collaboration, award winner

With industrial digital transformation as the theme, the 2021 Hannover Messe Digital Edition kicked off a week of more than 1,500 program activities with more than 500 speakers, April 12-16, covering trends in industry, energy and logistics with experts from business, science and industry. See the 2021 Hermes Award winner.

By Mark T. Hoske
IT March 2, 2021

Introducing Industrial Cybersecurity Pulse

Industrial Cybersecurity Pulse is a new website dedicated to educating and informing engineers about the latest challenges and developments relating to cybersecurity, information/operational technology (IT/OT), the cloud and more. Check it out!

By CFE Media
IT March 1, 2021

Hackathon event to analyze, prevent greenhouse gas emissions

The Microsoft Energy Core Methane Emissions Hackathon virtual event is designed to overlay oil and gas asset and geographic information system data to pinpoint leak location.

By Seeq Corporation
IT October 14, 2020

Building automation, oil and gas facilities are top cybersecurity targets

There has been an increase in the percentage of systems attacked in the oil and gas industry as well as the building automation sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Gregory Hale
IT October 12, 2020

Evaluating IoT wireless protocols for industrial applications

Do IoT-based wireless technologies designed for municipal, building, and residential sensor networks offer anything for industrial users? How about 5G?

By Andrew Cureton
IT August 7, 2020

Augmented reality tools: A digital bridge for the skill gap

Augmented reality (AR) is changing the way manufacturers work in the field. See three benefits of augmented reality and three examples of how AR helps users.

By Anna Velena, Vineesh Kapoor
IT July 31, 2020

Flare stack monitoring made easy with edge-enabled video analytics

Real-time remote monitoring of a pressing concern in oil & gas

By Ramya Ravichandar
IT June 3, 2020

Oil and gas industry facing spearphishing attacks

Cyber criminals are aiming their attacks at the oil and gas sector by impersonating specific engineer contractors and shipping companies. Know what to look for and how to avoid a cyber attack.

By Gregory Hale
IT May 1, 2020

Tech giants unite in COVID-19 smartphone effort

Google and Apple unveiled a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of COVID-19 while protecting user privacy.

By Gregory Hale
IT April 14, 2020

COVID-19 cyber attacks and scams are a global issue

Cyber criminals are taking advantage of COVID-19 forcing the majority of employees forced to work remotely. Europol published an updated threat assessment after monitoring the impact of coronavirus and cybercrime.

By Gregory Hale
IT April 9, 2020

Hackers using COVID-19 to find OT, IoT gaps

Employees working from home need to be vigilant about phishing campaigns using COVID-19 related content to find gaps and organize cyberattacks.

By Alessandro Di Pinto
IT March 20, 2020

Remote security working in world of coronavirus

With a large influx of people working remotely due to COVID-19, cybersecurity is becoming a topic of concern for employers and their employees.

By Gregory Hale
IT February 8, 2020

The most infamous cyber-attacks on industrial systems

Cybersecurity attacks are designed to undermine the integrity of critical processes

By Kevin Parker
IT January 31, 2020

Intelligent use of cloud sharpens operational insight

Cloud-based wireless sensing enables safety, reliability and profits through widespread asset monitoring

By Simon Rogers
IT July 30, 2019

The orchestration that precedes analysis

The DDDP Conference carried the tagline had an emphasis on cloud and edge technologies meeting the oil & gas industry.

By Kevin Parker
IT July 26, 2019

How pipeline engineering gets done today

Integrated data, automated workflow and management by exception.

By Kevin Parker
IT July 25, 2019

Cybersecurity alliance’s founding members announced

The International Society of Automation (ISA) named the founding members of its Global Cybersecurity Alliance (GCA): Schneider Electric, Rockwell Automation, Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Claroty, and Nozomi Networks.

By International Society of Automation (ISA)
IT July 8, 2019

Report finds cybersecurity basics still not being practiced by companies

A report from Applied Risk found that cybersecurity basics are still not being practiced by many companies, which is increasing their risk for potential attacks as untested technologies continue proliferating critical infrastructures.

By Applied Risk
IT June 26, 2019

Your questions answered: IIoT/Cloud series, Part 2: Edge, Fog and Cloud

Webinar participants outline evolving nature of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) elements and how users are applying the edge, fog and cloud in their manufacturing operations.

By Charles (Chuck) C. Byers, Ed Kuzemchak, and Steve Hilton
IT May 17, 2019

Mitsubishi Electric acquires Iconics to advance IIoT offerings

Manufacturing, building automation products strengthened by deal, company officials say.

By Bob Vavra
IT May 1, 2019

Proactively manage industrial cybersecurity by automating risk monitoring

Cover story: A refinery installed a modern distributed control system (DCS) that automates and manages industrial cybersecurity tasks to reduce manual workflows, potential human error and overall company costs.

By Marty Isreals
IT April 26, 2019

Should assets be monitored in-house or in the cloud?

Wireless sensors and specialized software deliver options for improved effectiveness.

By Brian Joe
IT March 30, 2019

High-speed engine monitoring IIoT-enhanced

Analytics improve performance of remote assets.

By Kevin Parker
IT February 5, 2019

AC drives emerge as entry point for industrial digitalization

While bearings wear out frequently, pump applications are forever.

By Steve Meyer and Kevin Parker
IT October 29, 2018

Bring IIoT capabilities to refineries and process plants

The first step to bringing fieldbus networking and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) into process manufacturing plants and refineries may be changing device-level networking practices.

By Dan Carlson
IT October 15, 2018

Digital twin collaboration advances brownfield process operations management

Siemens and Bentley's collaboration of PlantSight links the design/build and operate/maintain aspects of oil and gas assets and other brownfield applications.

By Bob Vavra
IT September 20, 2018

IIoT’s impact on the oil and gas industry

Oil & gas companies are looking to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to improve efficiency and productivity as the market slowly recovers.

By Anil Gosine, MG Strategy+
IT September 19, 2018

Turn information into a strategic asset

Effective data analytics drives ROI and improves operations.

By Anand Chordia, L&T Technology
IT September 10, 2018

Countering security threats to oil and gas networks

With greater connectivity between operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT), and the rise of the IIoT, can increase and even change the vulnerabilities of oil and gas assets to cyber attack. Companies and standards groups are looking to counter these efforts.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
IT August 22, 2018

IIoT company receives funding to enhance oil and gas market presence

Seeq has secured $23 million in Series B funding led by the Altira Group, which has extensive experience in oil & gas industry technologies and software.

By Seeq Corp.
IT August 8, 2018

The R&D tax credit fuels the oil & gas renaissance

A primary government incentive to reward innovation.

By Kevin Corley and Wayne Miranda, alliantgroup
IT June 12, 2018

Joint IIoT solution for process industries developed

SAP and Endress+Hauser will intensify their cooperation in the development of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications for the process industry by integrating Endress+Hauser field instruments as digital twins into the SAP cloud platform.

By Endress+Hauser
IT April 12, 2018

Industrial Ethernet market projected to show strong growth

The industrial Ethernet market is set to grow from its current market value of more than $20 billion to over $72 billion by 2024 according to a research report by Global Market Insights.

By Global Market Insights
IT April 3, 2018

AI on a chip; AI in the cloud

Real-Time Innovations (RTI) says it's the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) "connectivity company" and the largest supplier of products based on the Object Management Group's data distribution service (DDS) standard.

By Kevin Parker
IT March 6, 2018

Engineering company combines with industrial software business

AVEVA and Schneider Electric’s industrial software business have combined to create an engineering and industrial software company designed to serve a variety of industries across the globe.

IT February 4, 2018

Adjustments for digital automation platform

Commentary: GE Predix business focus changes to meet market strength as other cloud-based industrial platforms gain footing.

By Stone Shi, Control Engineering China
IT February 1, 2018

Edge computing comes to the oil and gas industry

Forum bolsters producers’ confidence in technology-powered future.

By Sidney Hill, Jr.
IT December 11, 2017

Drilling digitization covers crown to ground

Upstream oil and gas industry has been one of the more resistant to automation, but changes in drilling well complexity are making it more automated.

By Kevin Parker, CFE Media
IT December 6, 2017

Collaborate with computers to improve asset management

Smart data and your team’s intuitive grasp can shape the future.

By Dave McCarthy, Bsquare Corp.
IT November 11, 2017

Embracing hybrid cloud services in the oil and gas industry

Hybrid cloud solutions mix operational control done by specialists while integrating software with a cloud system for all other functions, which is useful for a data-heavy industry such as oil & gas.

By Dante Orsini, iland
IT August 18, 2017

Cybersecurity for pipelines, other SCADA systems

It’s critical to stay up-to-date with cybersecurity measures to improve defenses against cyberattacks.

By Kevin Finnan, Jeff Melrose
IT August 13, 2017

IIoT-equipped mobile robot exhibits snake-like dexterity

Robotic integration technology update: Robots-as-a-service are seen as suitable for inspection, surveillance, and non-destructive testing.

By Kevin Parker
IT August 12, 2017

Preparatory to the last migration

Vimal Kapur speaks of the next generation of innovation in plant and field operations and how cloud-based SCADA will play a large role in the future.

By Kevin Parker
IT June 19, 2017

Conference focuses on IIoT for process, oil and gas industries

Honeywell Process Solutions’ (HPS) 42nd annual Honeywell Users Group (HUG) is focused on companies employing the Industrial Internet of Things for the oil and gas, process, and other industries to address ongoing operational challenges.

By Honeywell Process Solutions
IT February 10, 2017

Industry voices speak to oil and gas projects future

Multi-discipline efforts converge in 3-D reality models, even for existing facilities. Four steps for successfully using a data platform are highlighted.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
IT February 8, 2017

The oil and gas industry is more efficient than ever

Looking ahead, industry remains cautiously optimistic as prices start to rise and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) slowly makes its way into the industry.

By Kevin Parker
IT February 8, 2017

Software connectivity and analytics system for improved process efficiency

Seeq Corporation announced the availability of connectivity to Inductive Automation’s Ignition supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system is designed to provide better production outcomes including improved asset availability, product quality, and process efficiency.

By Seeq Corporation
IT January 4, 2017

Gas detector with WirelessHART technology

United Electric Controls' Vanguard WirelessHART gas detector is designed to maximize toxic or explosive gas detection points but eliminates the need for costly and fixed wiring.

By United Electric Controls
IT December 13, 2016

Turning Big Data insights into bigger solutions

Energy forum attendees offer blueprints for using Big Data analytics to drive operational efficiencies, cut costs, boosting production, and improving worker productivity.

By Sidney Hill Jr.
IT November 1, 2016

Cloud-based Industrial Internet of Things solutions

Emerson’s Plantweb digital ecosystem and Connected Services is powered by the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite and is designed to help customers leverage data, technologies, and best practices to improve reliability, safety, energy management, and overall operational performance across the digital enterprise.

By Emerson
IT October 29, 2016

Process automation company acquires mobile device manufacturer

Pepperl+Fuchs, a process automation and applications company has purchased ecom instruments of Germany, which produces cell phones, smartphones, and tablets designed specifically for hazardous areas.

By Pepperl+Fuchs
IT October 18, 2016

A strategic shift to condition-based monitoring

Portable devices offer a new way to gather, leverage data.

By Chris McMillen, GE Bently Nevada
IT October 12, 2016

MQTT eases development of software for Industrial Internet of Things

Serving as a universal message transport for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) application development, MQTT can be used to decouple devices from applications, thereby freeing infrastructures from any single operating system, application, or hardware platform, according to explanations offered at Inductive Automation’s Ignition Community Conference 2016.

By Mark T. Hoske
IT October 7, 2016

Make better, strategic decisions in less time with Big Data

Advanced analytic solutions, including systems that mimic human decision-making, are helping oil and gas companies adapt to a world of lower prices.

By Sidney Hill, Jr.
IT September 30, 2016

The framework for process intelligence and improvement

How to bridge the gap between the shop floor and the top floor by integrating process control systems with enterprise resource planning (ERP) and other business systems.

By Alex Marcy, Corso Systems
IT September 29, 2016

Preparing for a cyber attack

An incident response (IR) plan is a vital component of cybersecurity strategy.

By Amolak Gosal, GE Oil & Gas
IT August 13, 2016

IoT technologies used to make power plants more efficient

Companies such as GE are launching digital power plant systems in gas and coal plants to make operations cleaner and more efficient by using Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

By Malek Murison
IT August 5, 2016

Big Data: Getting tangible results

New methods can extract not just oil and gas, but also actionable insights.

By Michael Risse, Seeq Corporation
IT August 3, 2016

Security systems can identify risk, not just threats

Managing disparate systems leads to inefficiency; it takes more time, manpower and money. Perhaps more importantly, this approach also has limited potential in terms of maximising the wealth of data available. You will only ever get an isolated view of events. This leaves a scope for threats to go unnoticed or inadequate responses to incidents.

By Darren Adler, Synetics
IT August 2, 2016

Turning real-time data into information

Tony Edwards of StepChange Global discusses how the digital oilfield can have a direct impact on production success, and we look at how to equip operators with the tools they need.

By Oil & Gas Engineering
IT June 23, 2016

Process instrumentation, automation market reports minimal growth in 2015

The MCAA's Annual Market Forecast for 2016 focused on the Process Instrumentation and Automation (PI&A) markets in the U.S., which experienced a small growth of 0.3% in 2015, at $11.6 billion. Five industries within the U.S. are expected to experience above average growth from 2015 to 2020.

By Measurement, Control & Automation Association (MCAA)
IT June 22, 2016

Natural gas measurement and data management solutions for natural gas utilities

Honeywell Process Solutions' (HPS) integrated portfolio of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-ready natural gas measurement and data management solutions are designed to help optimize the entire gas value chain and consists of five units.

By Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS)
IT June 20, 2016

Conference focused on digital transformation, IIoT

Industrial companies learning how to harness the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the digital trends in engineering are a major focus at the 41st annual Honeywell Users Group (HUG) in San Antonio, Tex.

By Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS)
IT June 4, 2016

Restrained spending expected for industrial cybersecurity market

IHS Technology projects the market for industrial cybersecurity products will grow, but at a slower rate than expected due to a decline in the oil and gas industry, which is a major consumer of cybersecurity goods and services.

By Brian Arbuckle, IHS Technology
IT June 3, 2016

IIoT Webcast Series 2016, Part Two: Information Management for IIoT: Your questions answered

More answers about information management for IIoT, the topic of a June 2, are provided by speaker Sal Spada. Topics include single-phase circuits and power generation.

By Sal Spada
IT June 1, 2016

Data helps offshore oilfields solve production challenges

Kinetic mesh networks help deliver real-time information from remote locations.

By Josh Parker, Rajant Corp.
IT May 31, 2016

Is Big Data the means for survival in a down market?

In an uncertain market, more oil and gas producers are relying on advanced analytics to make intelligent cost-cutting decisions.

By Sidney Hill, Jr.
IT May 23, 2016

The inevitability of Big Data

Users are being bombarded with an overwhelming data; learning how to synthesize and process that data is key and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) can help.

By Bob Vavra
IT May 23, 2016

Ensuring IIoT connectivity for oil and gas process control

IIoT connectivity can solve data storage or transmission issues in oil and gas systems.

By Corey Foster, Valin Corp.
IT May 23, 2016

Virtualization: A real solution for filtering Big Data

Some pioneering oil and gas producers find it easier to extract value from operational data on platforms that mimic data warehouses.

By Sidney Hill, Jr.
IT May 22, 2016

Taking safety measures to prevent a Black Swan event

A Black Swan event is a case in which an unpredicted, rare event occurs. John Murphy, a safety professional with Process Safety Services, said a strong, robust process safety management system will minimize the potential impact.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
IT May 6, 2016

Digital business unit launched for IIoT applications

Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) has established a digital transformation unit designed to help manufacturers harness the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Andrew Hird has been named general manager of the business unit.

By Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS)
IT April 20, 2016

Association lowers oil and gas midstream infrastructure investment projections

In a new report, INGAA sees $4 billion less spent per year over the next 20 years.

By Bob Vavra
IT April 9, 2016

Experience center launched with interactive applications

Eaton's Experience Center in Houston features six interactive applications designed to supplement the experience center’s hands-on safety, application, product and monitoring training opportunities in an industrial environment.

By Eaton Corporation
IT March 25, 2016

Access to data in subsea environments on the increase

Subsea and offshore systems are receiving more accurate data from improvements in technology, but maintenance and monitoring needs to continue to bridge the gap.

By Oil & Gas Engineering
IT March 13, 2016

Data analysis: a key requirement for IIoT

Industrie 4.0 data analytics: A proliferation of data analysis solutions are designed to help industry benefit from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), explained Suzanne Gill, editor-in-chief for Control Engineering Europe, from the 27th Honeywell User Group EMEA event in Madrid.

By Suzanne Gill
IT February 23, 2016

Cyber security attacks against oil and gas organizations increasing

According to a report sponsored by Tripwire and conducted by Dimensional Research in November 2015, 82% of oil and gas industry respondents said their organizations registered an increase in successful cyber attacks over the past 12 months.

By Gregory Hale,
IT January 23, 2016

IECEx certification makes safe safer

Is the European standard of IECEx for harsh environment computers right for design engineers? How does this European standard impact U.S.-based operations?

By Michael Hadaway
IT January 16, 2016

Virtualization technologies reduce risk, downtime

Virtualization technologies are simplifying offshore central control systems and enabling companies to reduce energy consumption and increase availability for critical applications.

By He Qihong
IT January 6, 2016

Oil & Gas Engineering’s most-viewed articles for 2015

Articles about hacking oil and gas control systems, oil and gas prices, future oil and gas workers, pigging your line, and predictive analytics hitting the midstream were Oil and Gas Engineering's five most clicked articles for 2015. Learn more.

By Eric R. Eissler
IT November 30, 2015

Industrial wireless for mobile video monitoring, leak alarm

Technology Update: Industrial wireless takes on high-bandwidth mobile video monitoring at a refinery and mission-critical safety leak detection at an LNG facility.

By Diederik Mols
IT November 20, 2015

Simulation: A game-like approach to innovation

The low price of oil has caused hydrocarbon companies to look at innovative ways of reducing their costs. Simulation modeling has recently emerged as a way of minimizing operating overhead or removing unnecessary scope from capital projects.

By Alvaro Gill
IT November 9, 2015

Cyber security risk management: How secure is secure?

Risk management best practices can be applied to cyber threats just as they are used against physical threats. So, how does one know when a network is secure enough?

By Erik Reynolds, CFSE, PMP and Dr. Suku Nair
IT September 23, 2015

Digital sensor measurement system for process applications

Yokogawa's SensTation digital sensor measurement system is a scalable and integrated solution designed to eliminate the need for a transmitter and is designed for process industries such as oil, petrochemical, water and wastewater treatment.

By Yokogawa
IT September 16, 2015

Protecting network assets for improved cyber security

Asset management is a major concern for workers in the oil and gas industry as the possibility of cyber security attacks remains a constant threat. Understanding the risks and the challenges will go a long way to making on and off-shore networks more secure.

By Graham Speake
IT August 25, 2015

Cyber security is now more cost efficient for industrial control systems

Interest in industrial cyber security has grown in recent years. Once assumed to be the next tech fad, the topic has proven to be one the process automation community should take seriously. Increased attention to high-profile incidents and quickly developing technology, on both sides of the struggle, have placed a spotlight on the conversation.

By Peter Ahlström
IT August 24, 2015

The active cyber defense cycle: Part 3 of 5: incident response

In the process of performing asset identification and network security monitoring, analysts eventually find threats in industrial control system networks.

By Robert M. Lee
IT August 21, 2015

Protecting industrial control systems

Operational technology relies on outdated security models based on invalid assumptions.

By Siv Hilde Houmb, PhD
IT August 19, 2015

Big data drilldown part 2: Sensor and data collection technologies advance

This five-part series examines the issues with big data that the industry is facing today and the segments and applications where companies are finding the biggest success. Part 2: As more companies realize the benefits, new sensor and data collection technologies are moving from the lab into the real world—downhole, in the air, and at sea.

By Karen Field
IT August 8, 2015

Industrial router for remote machine connection, commissioning

KEB America's Ethernet-based C6 Router comes with WAN, LAN, USB and serial interfaces, and digital I/Os and is designed for hard-to-access installations such as wastewater treatment, oil and gas, and wind turbines.

By KEB America, Inc.
IT July 14, 2015

Internet of Things and the oilfield

We are living in an increasingly connected world and this connectivity poses the question: “How will it affect the oilfield?” The implications from this are profound and will affect all industries over the next few years.

By Frank Braswell
IT July 14, 2015

Operational technology to Informational technology: Creating a circle of improvement

Linking operations technology (OT) systems, such as SCADA and sensors to IT-level big data analytics is possible, but begs for the right asset-centric and event-driven view of OT-level trends so the IT-level analytics can find relevant patterns. This article demonstrates that an improvement cycle can be applied to key operational concerns, including equipment health and drilling optimization.

By Roberto Michel
IT July 7, 2015

How to choose industrial Ethernet switches for harsh environments

Ethernet-based network designs are becoming popular for enhancing the reliability and availability of data communications in hazardous conditions. Network managers need both modularity and flexibility with their Ethernet products, including the ability to place industrial Ethernet switches directly in harsh operations areas, such as the engine room.

By Vinod Rana
IT July 3, 2015

Guided wave radar transmitter for oil and gas applications

Magnetrol's Eclipse Model 706 guided wave radar (GWR) transmitter configured with Modbus protocol and is designed to provide liquid and interface level control for production applications in the oil and gas industry.

By Magnetrol
IT June 29, 2015

Big data: challenge and opportunity

Understanding how big data affects the oil and gas industry, and where companies are finding most success.

By Karen Field
IT June 24, 2015

Companies agree to collaborate on critical infrastructure, IIoT

Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) and Intel Security announced they will collaborate to help bolster protection of critical industrial infrastructure and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to protect customers' control systems from malware and other potential breaches.

By Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS)
IT June 8, 2015

Compact Ethernet switch for industrial applications

Siemens' Ruggedcom RSG920P is a high port density Ethernet switch designed to withstand extreme temperature, vibration, and shock in industrial applications such as transportation systems and oil and gas.

By Siemens
IT June 4, 2015

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) benefits, examples

Cover story: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies, applied for monitoring valves in a refinery, used wireless acoustic transmitters to improve regulatory compliance and reduce hydrocarbon losses by $3 million annually due to timely detection and repair of faulty valves. The project paid for itself in five months, with an estimated annualized return on investment (ROI) of 271% annualized over 20 years. See four IIoT benefits.

By Bob Karschnia
IT June 3, 2015

Road to real-time performance improvement

Big data and industrial Internet technologies are converging to help companies monitor operations and solve problems on the fly.

By Sidney Hill
IT June 3, 2015

Active cyber defense cycle: Asset identification and network security monitoring

Robert M. Lee, co-founder of Dragos Security LLC, shares his insight into the challenges of cyber security in the oil and gas industry with a five-part series on implementing the active cyber defense cycle. The second part focuses on asset identification and network security.

By Robert M. Lee
IT May 20, 2015

Ensuring pipeline physical and cyber security

Production of oil and natural gas in the U.S. and Canada is increasing. The vast majority of these hydrocarbons will be shipped across the continent via a dense network of pipelines. The integrity of this network, however, is threatened, not only by mechanical failures, but also by targeted cyber attacks.

By Pierre Bertrand
IT May 18, 2015

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 webcast speakers provide extra answers

Tutorial: Questions and answers follow related to “Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 webcast: Overview and practical advice for today.” Additional audience questions here provide added advice and answers about IIoT and Industry 4.0.

By Dr. Richard Soley and Mark T. Hoske
IT May 12, 2015

Profibus-to-Fiber converters for remote, hazardous locations

Moxa's ICF-1180I and ICF-1280I Profibus-to-Fiber converters allow users in the oil and gas industry and other fields with hazardous or remote conditions to use optical fiber to connect their Profibus devices and controllers in remote or hazardous locations.

By Moxa
IT April 28, 2015

Security in automation: Smartphone might be the greatest threat

Smartphones have made access to information easy and thus increase security risk for critical information. It requires constant and holistic attention to understand the patterns of attacks and raise awareness with organizations.

By Arslan Ul Haq and Taimoor Shabbir Khan, Intech Process Automation
IT April 22, 2015

Validation among insecurities

Network security: Implement a secure patch management approach for industrial controls. Today’s industrial control system (ICS) threats can target outdated systems or careless errors on the network. Securing connected machines in the industrial sector has complexities that differ from protecting a business datacenter.

By Dana Pasquali
IT March 27, 2015

Uncapping the benefits of wireless technology

Oil and gas producers are discovering creative ways of lowering costs, boosting productivity via industrial wireless networks.

By Sidney Hill
IT March 25, 2015

Environmentally friendly fracking?

A possible agent of change is the 2014 Australian Mining Prospect Award for innovative mining solutions that was won by the Columbus Group for its 3D down-the-hole, high-water-pressure-drilling system. Since the award in Sydney, October 2014, development continues with multiple applications.

By Don Yates
IT March 24, 2015

Hacking oil and gas control systems: Understanding the cyber risk

Cyber attacks are growing in number and intensity over the past decade. Companies in the oil and gas industry are high-profile targets and must take measures to protect themselves from hackers.

By Chris Shipp
IT March 13, 2015

Six ways a mobile service app helps oil and gas businesses improve field equipment performance

Equip oil and gas service technicians with mobile software to connect them to the back office, preform more efficient service, and gain detailed reporting in the field.

By Joanna Rotter
IT March 10, 2015

Firmware updated for router designed to enhance cyber security

Moxa's EDR-810 industrial 10-port secure router has received a firmware update designed to enhance cyber security for transparent firewall functionality and the providing of real-time event notification.

By Moxa
IT February 25, 2015

The active cyber defense cycle: A strategy to ensure oil and gas infrastructure cyber security

Robert M. Lee, co-founder of Dragos Security LLC, shares his insight into the challenges of cyber security in the oil and gas industry with a five-part series on implementing the active cyber defense cycle. This first part presents a general overview.

By Robert M. Lee
IT February 25, 2015

Technology helps deliver a smoother handoff

The emergence of 3D CAD systems has turned operational design into a multicolored, multidimensional landscape. To meet these needs, suppliers have come up with a wide array of tools to keep all of that data in order and accessible.

By Roberto Michel
IT February 25, 2015

Relays for emergency shut-down systems

Weidmuller's Safeseries SIL relays now feature cULus approval and are designed for tank overfill protection and shutdown controls for refineries and oil and gas storage facilities.

By Weidmuller
IT February 20, 2015

Relevant relief device considerations keep facilities safer

As technology evolves, most facilities or the brick-and-mortar part of the facility remains the same. This can lead to dangerous situations, as relief systems and devices are outdated and not matched to the current technology. It is vital to plant safety and operability that the design of these crucial systems is kept evergreen.

By Ryan Supple
IT January 15, 2015

Mobile spy program targets oil industry

A cyber-espionage campaign thought to be the next step in the Red October operation appears to be targeting, among others, oil industry users of Android, iOS and BlackBerry mobile devices through spear-phishing attacks.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
IT December 20, 2014

Industrial computing evolves with the oil and gas industry

As oil and gas extraction moves to new locations—such as subsea oil sands and shale deposits, the computing systems that support these activities must adapt to function in these harsh environments.

By Maria Hansson
IT November 21, 2014

Oil and gas subsea equipment gets a network application profile

CAN networks on the ocean floor: To observe and protect the drilling process in sub-sea clusters of sensors, meters, and valves are used. But this is insufficient for reliability and interoperability requirements. SIIS (sub-sea instrument interface standardization) group worked with CiA (CAN in Automation) to network the equipment on the ocean floor, creating a new application profile for sub-sea equipment, which will help in standard formation.

By Holger Zeltwanger (CAN in Automation)
IT April 30, 2014

Real-time data integration in the digital oil field

Real-time data integration is a crucial aspect of the digital oil field, but to make its integration successful, production engineers must implement a data infrastructure based on four key elements.

By Mario Torre, MSc
IT April 2, 2014

Industrial cloud improves custody transfer, remote monitoring for oil applications

Trigg Technologies LLC uses a cloud-based platform and remote monitoring to improve custody transfer services accuracy and reliability for crude oil and petroleum products.

By Mark T. Hoske
IT February 28, 2014

Training simulators continue to adopt gaming technologies

Changing demographics and the ability to deploy trainers to remote locations are driving new technologies for the next generation of operators.

By Peter Welander
IT October 11, 2013

Industrial Internet, predictive analytics, new machine-human collaboration

Industrial Internet, predictive analytics and new machine-human collaboration in the workplace can significantly boost productivity, create new jobs and skills, and minimize unplanned downtime in major industries, GE said, with the potential to save on more than 300 million hours in servicing complex machines. GE released 14 predictive software technologies to help with that and reduce emissions as well. See comments from industry leaders, photos, and info graphic.

By Mark T. Hoske
IT July 25, 2013

Industrial-grade computer for oil and gas industries

Moxa's EXPC-1319 hazardous location panel computer is designed for hazardous conditions in the oil and gas industries and has an anti-glare, anti-scratch LCD panel that is visible in direct sunlight.

IT June 11, 2013

Wireless technology for terminal operations

Honeywell's OneWireless Terminal Solution enables operators of oil and gas terminals to increase their productivity and is ISA-100 and wi-fi compatible.