Posts From Thomas Schindler

Back to the future with CENTUM VP

With the new version of the CENTUM VP it is possible to insert the brand new CPU into all PNKs of the FFCS series, with existing redundant design and with newer models even online, without stopping the process-related components! Find out more now.

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SBA, nature and times of change…

…or, what we can learn from nature? Module Based Automation Engineering – Synaptic Business Automation Process automation has always been considered conservative, and indeed it still is today. Its methods and its ways of working are proven, and robust hardware

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NAMUR: Process control elements (PCEs) with protective functions

Protective functions can be implemented in different ways depending on the desired quality. They can be hardwired, for instance, or alternatively integrated in a safety controller or – if certain conditions apply – in a basic process control system. These options are nothing new; however the requirements regarding protective functions in the basic process control system are specified in greater detail in current regulations. Learn more.

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From Safety Instrumented System to Safety Lifecycle Tool

Only with the so-called Functional Safety Management does a safety control meet the requirements of the corresponding standards for reducing the risk in process plants for the protection of health, environment and financial values. In 2016, Safety Lifecycle Management with iDefine (TM) and ProSafe RS was presented. With this powerful combination, ProSafe RS took the step from safety control to the Safety Lifecycle Tool.

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Daylight saving time change – the return of the lost hour

In automation systems, each data point (or data record) is normally given a timestamp instantly. Does summer time have any impact on timestamps or dates etc.?

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Everything was better in the old days – or was it?!

This special ability, which frequently helps us cope with disagreeable experiences, has no place in a process plant – and especially not in

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Functional Safety Management

Version 4.02 of Yokogawa’s ProSafe RS significantly expands the product spectrum in terms of efficiency and safety. The integration of iDefine makes functional safety management

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Open system architecture – security without compromise

Be open to new technologies but without compromising security. Dr. Krauss, BASF, says a whole lot more in his interview on NAMUR Open Architecture at the

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“Modular automation” – do we really need it?

Computers moved in In the late eighties and early nineties, computer technology gradually gained a foothold in offices and living rooms on a large scale with the advent of the 286 generation of PCs. That happened mainly because the technology

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Here comes the solution. But what’s the actual problem?

Grandma and the 4K UHD TV Do you often get the feeling too that we’re confronted with solutions for which we haven’t even got a problem? Or with solutions to meet needs that don’t actually exist? Is there anyone out

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