Tag "Safety system"

Interview with IMK Manager IA Services Fatma Evren

International Women’s Day was a few weeks ago. Nevertheless, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce one of our employees and see what she and the industry are up to. A lot has changed for the better over the years. But what about women working in traditionally male-dominated fields like the process industry? Has their situation really changed as radically as we imagine? And how have the changes impacted on Yokogawa?

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Assistance systems 3 – The “signpost” & the “predictor”

Can you do that? Is there? Surely both production managers and plant operators have already asked themselves these questions. To become more concrete: You, as a production manager, have experienced plant operators and you know that you have taken good care of your control and alarm strategy. Functional safety is also up to date. You won’t burn anything. Nevertheless, something is bothering you: No matter how stable and safe your system is, you don’t really know how efficiently it drives. Isn’t there the famous “grain” left in it?
Or let’s put ourselves in your place as a plant operator: you have been operating your plant for years and know it well. From time to time she does her “talking tricks” and you don’t know why. Although you keep to the allowed temperature step in the reactor, it is about to go through or it is going through. Such an “early warning system” would be very practical. This runs in real time and warns you in advance that something is going to go wrong. Then you still have enough time to react accordingly. Something like a “process crystal ball” would be good. But is there such a thing?

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Assistance systems – 2. Electronic stability control

It’s desperate. The level in the column sump is simply unstable and fluctuates like a drunken sailor. The process control system (PCS) and the plant operator are constantly occupied with keeping these fluctuations under control to such an extent that the plant is at least running and no permanent alarm is triggered. And what have we not already tried everything. Tuning the control loops in the PLS, improving the instrumentation, looking for process or control connections that cause these problems and so on.

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Assistance systems – 1. Our little daily helpers

Even in the age of smartphones and the like, our car is one of our favourite technical toys. Whether for reasons of safety or comfort, more and more assistance systems have found their way into the process of driving a car – as in the process industry. The mini-series starting with this article deals with what assistance systems there are, what typical applications are and what benefits they bring.

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May we invite you to lunch? And the unsuspecting colleague foots the bill…

Everyone knows the principle: Scanning a QR or barcode via smartphone can make many everyday processes easier – for example, when entering the cinema, checking in on an aircraft or paying for a flight. But this convenient technology also harbours security risks – a remarkable example from everyday life.

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CI – what is it actually? (Part 2)

Critical infrastructures (CI) are organizations or institutions that are important to the state community and whose failure or disruption would result in supply bottlenecks with a lasting effect, major disruptions to public safety or other dramatic consequences: After all, we are all, without exception, dependent on electricity coming out of the socket, our drinking water flowing out of the tap, IT and the transport network functioning – keywords: lifelines of our society.

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CI – what is it actually? (Part 1)

Critical infrastructures (CI) are organizations or institutions that are important to the state community and whose failure or disruption would result in supply bottlenecks with a lasting effect, major disruptions to public safety or other dramatic consequences: After all, we are all, without exception, dependent on electricity coming out of the socket, our drinking water flowing out of the tap, IT and the transport network functioning – keywords: lifelines of our society.

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“Meltdown” and “Spectre” – Vulnerabilities in processors!

Security vulnerabilities in processors or Central Processing Units (CPUs) called Meltdown and Spectre are considered serious by security experts. Read here what you need to know about the incidents and what Yokogawa is doing!

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Plant security – perfect-fit protection for your crown jewels

Plant Security describes the combination of functional security and cyber security to ensure comprehensive protection. The focus is on protecting the IT of industrial plants against cyber attacks.

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Is my house or plant attractive to criminals? (Part 2)

Especially during the holiday weeks the risk of break-ins increases. Because while we are on holiday, the burglars can get to work in peace and quiet. However – and here lies one of the decisive similarities with Plant Security – with the help of modern security instruments and sensitive, forward-looking behaviour, this danger can be greatly minimised.

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