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  • How Ex certified robots are finding a niche in remote and hazardous oil and gas sites

    02 February 2018

    It is perhaps surprising that although robots have been making cars for decades and are roaming the surface of Mars, we do not see them at onshore oil and gas facilities. Of course tethered, remotely operated vehicles are widely used by the subsea sector, but they have never made the evolutionary step onto land.  That is about to change, says Ian Peerless of ExRobotics. ...

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  • Developing a control system for a mobile robot for use in hostile and hazardous environments

    25 January 2018

    Founded in 1969, Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) in Finland is a pioneering institution that brings together the fields of science and business. The LUT international community includes approximately 6,000 students and experts engaged in scientific research and academic education....

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  • Defence in depth: protecting safety instrumented systems from cyber attacks

    15 December 2017

    The concept of complete connectivity is helping process plants become more efficient and increase productivity, but it also brings extra security risks. Rob Sharrock, Andy Crosland and Ben Worthy from Emerson Automation Solutions look at the issues facing operators, and explain what measures can be taken to help keep control and safety systems secure....

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  • Digitalising the oil and gas sector

    08 December 2017

    Digitalisation has already brought far-reaching benefits to the oil and gas industry. This increased connectivity has signalled many benefits in measurable innovations and efficiencies. The potential downside is exposure to cyber risks. Cyber security breaches can take businesses offline and lead to lost production, raised health, safety and environmental risks, costly damage claims and negative reputational impacts....

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  • ICS built-in security in today’s connected enterprise

    30 November 2017

    This article, by Glenn Schulz of FDT Group and Katherine Voss of ODVA, describes efforts by the automation industry to develop next generation standards and technology, which enhance security throughout the lifecycle of industrial control devices in today’s connected world....

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Regulatory compliance and cybersecurity in the pharmaceutical sector 30 November 2017

In 2010, the first digital weapon aimed at industrial automation equipment changed the realm of security forever. Rather than targeting IT infrastructure, Stuxnet compromised programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and damaged the centrifuges of the Natanz uranium enrichment plant in Iran. In this article, Martyn Williams of COPA-DATA looks at cybersecurity issues with special reference to the pharmaceutical sector....

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Cybersecurity in the energy sector 30 November 2017

This article, from Jamie Walker - Safety, Commercial & Projects Director at the UK Petroleum Industry Association  (UKPIA) - looks at cybersecurity risk and the efforts being made within the UK downstream industry and wider energy sector to counter the increased risk stemming from the expansion of the cyber ‘attack surface’....

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Tank Storage and Tank Storage Operations 30 November 2017

Europe provides approximately 30% of the world capacity for bulk liquid storage through a network of over 400 terminals providing logistical support for industry, authorities and the armed forces. In principle any liquid product that is transported in bulk can be stored in a bulk liquid terminal, including transport and heating fuels, chemicals, food and agricultural products....

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Sourcing equipment to withstand hostile oil and gas operations 29 November 2017

In this article, Martin Phillips of flow control specialist Fluenta looks at the effects and costs of pipeline corrosion and some of the materials and methods that can be used to increase durability and resilience....

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Hazardous area classification: points to consider 15 November 2017

A hazardous location is designated as any location in which an explosive gas atmosphere is or may be expected to be present, in quantities such as to require special precautions for the construction, installation and use of equipment. This paper, by Brazilian consultant Estellito Rangel Junior, discusses some precautions to be taken when classifying hazardous locations, when using US sources such as API RP-505, as well as IEC documents....

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