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  • New threats to ICS/SCADA systems and practical protection

    20 April 2017

    The cyber world has changed dramatically over the past 12 months. Cyber attacks on ICS/SCADA networks and breakthrough research discoveries have made investment in top level cybersecurity an absolute priority for companies, argues Phil Neray of CyberX, while Tim Ricketts of M.A.C. Solutions provides advice on improving the security of ICS networks. ...

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  • Earthquake protection for electrical infrastructure

    30 March 2017

    In areas known to be prone to earthquakes, buildings and technical infrastructure need to be earthquake-resistant. This also applies to electrical equipment within those buildings. In this article, Hartmut Paul of Rittal looks at the concept of earthquake-resistance in relation to electrical infrastructure and describes his company’s approach to designing and testing earthquake-resistant equipment and systems....

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  • Understanding functional safety and related standards

    21 March 2017

    How well do you understand the term functional safety? Could you describe why there are international standards that specifically deal with functional safety, which parts of these standards apply to engineering or management activities and what measures are required to ensure compliance? Here, Peter Stabler of BPE answers these questions and gives an overview of functional safety and related standards....

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  • Making the choice – Which Safety Control Standard?

    15 March 2017

    In this article, Stewart Robinson of TÜV SÜD Product Service looks at the two different standards for safety related controls, EN 62061 and EN ISO 13849-1 and advises on which should be applied in a particular application....

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  • Non-negotiable: the importance of reliability in valve actuation

    13 March 2017

    For the optimal control of many processes, it is crucial that a valve reaches a certain position. For safety critical applications, the actuation of the valve (the ability of the system to move the valve to a safe condition in response to demand), is of fundamental importance. In this article, Richard Harvey of IMI Precision Engineering assesses the qualities and conditions required to achieve optimal operation, including unit design and operating forces....

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European oil pipelines increasingly impacted by product theft 16 December 2016

Concawe, the European pipeline safety and environmental monitoring organisation, has collected 44 years of spillage data on European cross-country oil pipelines. This article, based on selected sections of Concawe Report 7/16 - 'Statistical Summary of Reported Spillages in 2014', covers the performance of these pipelines in 2014, the last year for which statistics are available, and a full historical perspective since 1971. ...

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The energy and decommissioning sectors and their supply chain 15 December 2016

As demands for energy to supply an increasingly energy-intensive lifestyle have grown over the last two centuries, securing a safe, reliable energy supply has become one of the most important jobs governments are responsible for around the world. Here, Austen Adams of Avingtrans urges politicians to agree on a clear, long-term Energy policy to support the supply chain as the energy sector transforms and decommissioning becomes increasingly important....

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Ageing plant and asset management in the oil and gas sector 14 December 2016

Reducing costs carries with it serious safety risks for the oil and gas sector, as even the most apparently insignificant shortcut on essential procedures can result in a serious disaster, as has been seen on numerous occasions. In this article, Simon Rooks of Tyco says safety control is one area of asset management where operators simply cannot afford to scale back....

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Understanding gas sensor lifespan 29 November 2016

In this article, gas detection expert Andy Avenell of Crowcon outlines the factors which affect the operating lifespan of electrochemical and pellistor toxic and oxygen gas sensors. An explanation is given on how these sensors work, their normal life expectancy followed by a review of factors that can reduce operational life. Suggestions are also given to help predict sensor life and plan for replacement....

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How integrated communications can improve asset management and drive business growth 29 November 2016

Klaus Allion of ANT Telecom says intelligent, ambient telecommunications could transform high hazard organisations. But to get there, everyone from the boardroom to the factory floor must immerse themselves in an organisation-wide communications strategy....

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