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    • 12 Sep 2018

    Weathering the Storm: Equipping Wastewater Treatment Plants with Flood-Proof Actuators

    Author: Steve Poling As we approach the 6 th anniversary of Hurricane Sandy and just passing the 1 st anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, the anxieties of facing another superstorm weighs on the minds of every coastal wastewater treatment operator. And with Hurricane Florence approaching the U.S. Carolinas , this string of major storms continues. Are we prepared? By design, most wastewater facilities are in low...
    • 2 Aug 2018

    Handling Processes with Long Lag Times

    Emerson’s Mircea Lupu shared his thoughts on Ovation system algorithms for handling processes with long lag times—a control challenge that vexes many. Mircea opened noting that control algorithms are at the heart of any control system to provide stable and accurate response and robustness against disturbances and process changes. Tuning these algorithms to achieve the desired performance can be laborious. Proportional...
    • 25 Jul 2018

    Accurate and Efficient Water Treatment Chlorine Analysis

    Chlorine is an important disinfectant whether used in swimming pools or the water that flows into our homes and businesses. For water treatment facilities, water treatment monitoring is one of the most important facility operations. Meeting regulatory requirements for residual chlorine is critical for public safety as well as for facility personnel. This 3-minute YouTube video, Enhance Chlorine Analysis to Reduce...
    • 20 Jul 2018

    Improving Control System Alarm Effectiveness for Operators

    During the week of July 29 through August 3, I’ll be attending the Ovation Users’ Group Conference in Pittsburgh. This users’ group is composed of people working in the power, water and wastewater industries. If you’re in one of these industries and an Ovation distributed control system user, I look forward to seeing you there. One of the critical parts of an effective control strategy is to get the alarm design right...
    • 1 Dec 2017

    Point and Continuous Level Measurement in Water and Wastewater Applications

    Across many industries, level measurements are critical ones for safe and reliable operations. This is true for the water and wastewater industries. The choice of technologies for these measurements is broad, especially since they fall into two categories point-based (on/off switching) and continuous. In a Water Online article, Point Versus Continuous Level Measuring Technologies , Emerson’s Lydia Miller provides...
    • 1 Dec 2017

    Point and Continuous Level Measurement in Water and Wastewater Applications

    Across many industries, level measurements are critical ones for safe and reliable operations. This is true for the water and wastewater industries. The choice of technologies for these measurements is broad, especially since they fall into two categories point-based (on/off switching) and continuous. In a Water Online article, Point Versus Continuous Level Measuring Technologies , Emerson’s Lydia Miller provides...
    • 27 Jul 2017

    Reducing Control System Hardware Footprint

    Emerson’s Ben Skal presented on reducing the Ovation distributed control system hardware footprint at the 2017 Ovation Users Group conference. Virtualization technology is at the heart of this hardware footprint reduction and having less workstation and server hardware to maintain. Ben’s presentation focused on: What is virtualization & how it works Appropriate uses of virtual machines (VMs) Benefits of VM...
    • 27 Jul 2017

    Reducing Control System Hardware Footprint

    Emerson’s Ben Skal presented on reducing the Ovation distributed control system hardware footprint at the 2017 Ovation Users Group conference. Virtualization technology is at the heart of this hardware footprint reduction and having less workstation and server hardware to maintain. Ben’s presentation focused on: What is virtualization & how it works Appropriate uses of virtual machines (VMs) Benefits of VM...
    • 25 Jul 2017

    Suite of Cybersecurity Technologies and Practices

    Emerson’s Adam Boeckmann presented the Power and Water Cybersecurity Suite at the 2017 Ovation Users Group conference. He opened describing the team that formed over the last several years that now supports more than 200 sites in the U.S. alone. He shared the story of the recent Wannacry/WannaCrypt ransomware cyber-attack. In March of 2017, Microsoft released a patch. A month later, the National Security Agency (NSA...
    • 25 Jul 2017

    Suite of Cybersecurity Technologies and Practices

    Emerson’s Adam Boeckmann presented the Power and Water Cybersecurity Suite at the 2017 Ovation Users Group conference. He opened describing the team that formed over the last several years that now supports more than 200 sites in the U.S. alone. He shared the story of the recent Wannacry/WannaCrypt ransomware cyber-attack. In March of 2017, Microsoft released a patch. A month later, the National Security Agency (NSA...
    • 25 Jul 2017

    Applying Threat Intelligence for Industrial Control System Defense

    There are many paths to pursue in improving cyber defenses for industrial control systems (ICS). At the 2017 Ovation Users Group conference, Emerson’s Tom Kizer presented on applying threat intelligence for system defense. Tom opened by acknowledging that identifying effective threat intelligence is difficult. Threat intelligence is data collected, organized, analyzed and refined about potential or current attacks...
    • 25 Jul 2017

    Applying Threat Intelligence for Industrial Control System Defense

    There are many paths to pursue in improving cyber defenses for industrial control systems (ICS). At the 2017 Ovation Users Group conference, Emerson’s Tom Kizer presented on applying threat intelligence for system defense. Tom opened by acknowledging that identifying effective threat intelligence is difficult. Threat intelligence is data collected, organized, analyzed and refined about potential or current attacks...
    • 25 Jul 2017

    Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Trends and Compliance

    As critical infrastructure, cybersecurity remains a top concern for electrical power, water and wastewater industry companies. At the 2017 Ovation Users Group conference , Emerson’s Jaime Foose led a panel of trends in cybersecurity threats and compliance. The panel included experts from National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC)/ Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team ...
    • 25 Jul 2017

    Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Trends and Compliance

    As critical infrastructure, cybersecurity remains a top concern for electrical power, water and wastewater industry companies. At the 2017 Ovation Users Group conference , Emerson’s Jaime Foose led a panel of trends in cybersecurity threats and compliance. The panel included experts from National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC)/ Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team ...
    • 24 Jul 2017

    Technology Advancements for Power, Water & Wastewater Industries

    At the 2017 Ovation Users Group conference, Emerson’s Steve Schilling discussed the rapid changes going on in the power, water and wastewater industries and the changes in technology required to keep up with these changes. Steve opened highlighting some of the key issues worrying people in these industries—reliability, reliable integration of renewables and distributed energy resources (DER), security, aging infrastructure...
    • 24 Jul 2017

    Technology Advancements for Power, Water & Wastewater Industries

    At the 2017 Ovation Users Group conference, Emerson’s Steve Schilling discussed the rapid changes going on in the power, water and wastewater industries and the changes in technology required to keep up with these changes. Steve opened highlighting some of the key issues worrying people in these industries—reliability, reliable integration of renewables and distributed energy resources (DER), security, aging infrastructure...
    • 18 Jul 2017

    Comprehensive Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure

    The electrical power generation and distribution industries, especially here in the U.S., have a long history in working to improve reliability and security. This history goes back to the establishment of the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) in the late 1960s as a response to a widespread blackout in the Northeastern U.S. NERC became the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (also NERC...
    • 18 Jul 2017

    Comprehensive Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure

    The electrical power generation and distribution industries, especially here in the U.S., have a long history in working to improve reliability and security. This history goes back to the establishment of the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) in the late 1960s as a response to a widespread blackout in the Northeastern U.S. NERC became the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (also NERC...
    • 10 Jul 2017

    Upcoming Ovation Users’ Group Conference

    Two weeks from now, July 23-27 2017, will be Emerson’s Power & Water Solutions business unit’s Ovation Users’ Group conference . This year will mark its 30 th year. The Ovation Users’ Group is managed, guided, and run exclusively by its members, with Emerson’s Power & Water Solutions business unit providing financial, personnel, and product support as necessary. This conference is put together by Ovation and WDPF...
    • 22 May 2017

    Avoiding Dangerous Malware Infections

    The malware WannaCry/WannaCrypt has been all over the news recently. Since most of the operator and engineering workstations used in distributed control systems (DCSs) and supervisory control and data acquisition systems (SCADA) are PC-based, the question was naturally could these have been/or be impacted by this dangerous malware. I caught up with Emerson’s Jaime Foose . She noted that it is important to point out...
    • 7 Jul 2014

    Cybersecurity for Water Utilities

    One only has to do a Google News search on cybersecurity to know it is a key concern for businesses across the globe. In a Water Online article, SCADA Cybersecurity: What Every Water Utility Should Do Now To Prevent An Attack , Emerson’s Doug Johnson shares areas of concern and a path for water utilities to follow in their cybersecurity improvement efforts. Doug notes that security threats are becoming more difficult...
    • 7 Jul 2014

    Cybersecurity for Water Utilities

    One only has to do a Google News search on cybersecurity to know it is a key concern for businesses across the globe. In a Water Online article, SCADA Cybersecurity: What Every Water Utility Should Do Now To Prevent An Attack, Emerson’s Doug Johnson shares...
    • 15 Nov 2013

    Early Detection of Water Quality Issues

    Water supply service providers require many measurements to ensure safe, contaminant-free, and high quality water. Some important measurements include pH, Oxidation-reduction potential (ORP) , conductivity, temperature, free chlorine, monochloramine , dissolved oxygen (DO) , and turbidity . Emerson’s Ryo Hashimoto wrote a Water & Wastewater Asia article, Raising early alarm bells , to highlight the importance of these...
    • 15 Nov 2013

    Early Detection of Water Quality Issues

    Water supply service providers require many measurements to ensure safe, contaminant-free, and high quality water. Some important measurements include pH, Oxidation-reduction potential (ORP), conductivity, temperature, free chlorine, monochloramine, dissolved...
    • 24 Apr 2013

    Pure Drinking Water through Analytical Measurement

    Pure drinking water ranks among our top, global priorities. Emerson’s Ryo Hashimoto , describes the importance of analytical measurements in assuring purity in a Control Engineering Asia article, Pure by Analysis . Ryo highlights the challenges with drinking water in Asia: Regionally, Asia faces severe stress on water availability, primarily due to high population density, agriculture and industrial uses. The quality...