ISA100 update

Much of ISA Expo focused on wireless technology. A significant number of exhibitors displayed various forms of wireless including the so-called point-to-point (which is more accurately described by calling it single path or single receiver), mesh sensor network and even one company that meshes the routers instead of the sensors, which detect open fuses and circuit breakers in this case.


Much of ISA Expo focused on wireless technology. A significant number of exhibitors displayed various forms of wireless including the so-called point-to-point (which is more accurately described by calling it single path or single receiver), mesh sensor network and even one company that meshes the routers instead of the sensors, which detect open fuses and circuit breakers in this case.

The ISA100 Standards committee held two press conferences to reiterate the features of ISA100.11a, and to reassure the industry that it is actually cooperating with the folks at HART in an effort to incorporate the recently adopted WirelessHart profile into the broader ISA100 Standard. However, the technical details and time frame for its inclusion are yet to be determined.

Paul Sereiko, president and CEO of AirSprite Technologies Inc. and co-chair of ISA100 Marketing Work Group said the messages the committee wants to articulate as important parts of the yet-to-be-adopted ISA100 Standard involve ensured coexistence, family of standards, universality and ISA's commitment.

Coexistence issues involve the ability of wireless devices to be able to communicate within a crowded RF spectrum without contributing to further spectrum degradation. “Apprion has a demonstration that shows you 'mountains' of RF noise, and incredible amount of RF signaling that's going on in the show floor,” Sereiko said. “One of the things we are trying to focus on in the standard is to develop features that vendors can use that will ensure coexistence within the ISA100 network, and within other networks that are operating within the same radio space. We're taking a lot of unique approaches to doing that: everything from channel-hopping to channel black-listing.”

ISA100 is designed to be a family of standards. “The first standard we are working on is called the .11a standard, which is directed more toward the process industries,” said Sereiko. “The applications include 'slow control' such as monitoring and alerting. As time goes on, we will be extending the family of standards. We are starting to look at longer range applications that you might see in SCADA systems, we're starting to look at factory automation. Over time, the expectation is that as the .11a Working Group wraps up its efforts with Release 1.0, some people will start working on some areas that are of more interest to them, such as factory automation, process automation or facilities automation.”

Sereiko said universality is the notion that within ISA100.11a, “end users should be able to connect vendor's devices that support different protocols through a single wireless infrastructure, and move that information from point A to point B through a gateway, through an enterprise application on the shop floor. We're not focusing on a 'single' protocol, ISA100.11a will have its own native protocol, but it should also support common industry at some level or another. The whole point is that we want to be able to tie a single wireless infrastructure into the plant to make all of these different protocols work %%MDASSML%% so we don't have a repetition of the 'wired fieldbus wars.'”

Top Plant
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America.
Product of the Year
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
System Integrator of the Year
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
October 2018
Tools vs. sensors, functional safety, compressor rental, an operational network of maintenance and safety
September 2018
2018 Engineering Leaders under 40, Women in Engineering, Six ways to reduce waste in manufacturing, and Four robot implementation challenges.
GAMS preview, 2018 Mid-Year Report, EAM and Safety
October 2018
2018 Product of the Year; Subsurface data methodologies; Digital twins; Well lifecycle data
August 2018
SCADA standardization, capital expenditures, data-driven drilling and execution
June 2018
Machine learning, produced water benefits, programming cavity pumps
Spring 2018
Burners for heat-treating furnaces, CHP, dryers, gas humidification, and more
October 2018
Complex upgrades for system integrators; Process control safety and compliance
September 2018
Effective process analytics; Four reasons why LTE networks are not IIoT ready

Annual Salary Survey

After two years of economic concerns, manufacturing leaders once again have homed in on the single biggest issue facing their operations:

It's the workers—or more specifically, the lack of workers.

The 2017 Plant Engineering Salary Survey looks at not just what plant managers make, but what they think. As they look across their plants today, plant managers say they don’t have the operational depth to take on the new technologies and new challenges of global manufacturing.

Read more: 2017 Salary Survey

The Maintenance and Reliability Coach's blog
Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
One Voice for Manufacturing
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Blog
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Machine Safety
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
Research Analyst Blog
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Marshall on Maintenance
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
Lachance on CMMS
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
Material Handling
This digital report explains how everything from conveyors and robots to automatic picking systems and digital orders have evolved to keep pace with the speed of change in the supply chain.
Electrical Safety Update
This digital report explains how plant engineers need to take greater care when it comes to electrical safety incidents on the plant floor.
IIoT: Machines, Equipment, & Asset Management
Articles in this digital report highlight technologies that enable Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies.
Randy Steele
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Matthew J. Woo, PE, RCDD, LEED AP BD+C
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Randy Oliver
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
Data Centers: Impacts of Climate and Cooling Technology
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
Safety First: Arc Flash 101
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
Critical Power: Hospital Electrical Systems
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
Design of Safe and Reliable Hydraulic Systems for Subsea Applications
This eGuide explains how the operation of hydraulic systems for subsea applications requires the user to consider additional aspects because of the unique conditions that apply to the setting
click me