Pursuing the connected enterprise

Dave Kang, Industrial Networking Specialist at Rumsey Electric, spoke at our Novemember 2016 meeting, held at Ives Equipment in King of Prussia and attended by about 20. He noted early on that his background is primarily related to IT, which is dominated by standard Ethernet, protocols and cables. Industrial plants, on the other hand, often have proprietary networks, protocols, and cables. How do we connect the two?

The priorities of the two worlds differ. Plant operations key on network availability, integrity, and confidentiality, while in IT these priorities are reversed. Both want to protect against threats. The question is: what is a logical framework for finding ways to converge the two network worlds.

Challenges are numerous in the industrial plant settings. Examples include budget restraints, aging infrastructure and equipment, and a resistance to change. The scope of changes needed may seem overwhelming.

It’s best to start small. Develop a graphical representation of the network participants and their function. Implement managed switches among devices that include diagnostics, segmentation, optimization, and traffic control. What’s needed is somewhat like a demilitarized zone between the plant networks and the IT Ethernet network.

A resource for an in-depth discussion of this topic is available in the “Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) Design and Implementation Guide,” an initiative of Rockwell Automation and Cisco. Link. For a copy of Dave’s presentation click here..

For more information contact: dkang@rumsey.com.


November Meeting Topic — The Connected Enterprise: Design and Implementation


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November Section Meeting
Topic: The Connected Enterprise:
Design and Implementation

Ethernet on the plant floor has been around for a number of years, but in what manner has it been implemented as you see it? Is your plant and corporate network converged – and if so, is it being done so in an appropriate manner?

We will examine the reasoning behind why any manufacturing or process organization might be interested in network convergence and what benefits it will bring to all levels from plant floor to top level management.

Finally, we will take a bird’s eye view of the CPwE – Converged Plantwide Ethernet Design and Implementation Guide and how concepts of connecting the enterprise and the plant floor may prove to not only be beneficial but more and more of a requirement with the exponential growth of Ethernet and the IIoT.

Speaker: David Y. Kang, CINS
Network, Security & Information Solutions Specialist

Dave Kang has spent the last 13 years working in multiple aspects of Information Technology after graduating from Penn State University. He has held roles in Help Desk Support, Network Administration, Systems Administration, and leadership roles such as Director of Information Systems. His experience lies primarily in infrastructure design and management – both physical and virtual – working closely with vendors such as Cisco, VMware, EMC, Microsoft, and Check Point.

He is currently a Cisco Certified Industrial Networking Specialist working with Rumsey Electric, a Rockwell Automation distributor as their Networking, Security & Information Solutions Specialist. The role helps bridge the gap between IT and OT networks and operates as a liaison between the disparate networks in pursuit of the ‘Connected Enterprise’.


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DATE & TIME: Wednesday November 16, 2016: Open 5:15 PM — Light meal at 5:30 PM; Meeting starts at 6:30 PM — Speaker’s presentation 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM

Ives Equipment Inc. — http://www.ivesequipment.com/
601 Croton Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406 Phone: (610-768-1600) www.ivesequipment.com

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MEAL COST: $20 at the door or $15 if prepaid online Link . To register, please contact Sue DiPaolo by Monday, November 14th by Email or by phone: 610-238-1067.

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September presentation: background on best practices for pH measurement

Jay Mershon, Analytical Business Manager for Endress+Hauser, provided a well received and informative presentation on pH measurement at the September 21 evening meeting of the Philadelphia ISA section. About 25 attended the meeting, held at Rumsey Electric in Conchohocken.

Mershon began by noting that making this measurement is often troublesome with many factors that can adversely affect accuracy. He said that the frequency of cleaning and calibrating probes (in that order) depends entirely on the specifics of an installation. Additionally the probes may have a lifetime of only six months–even less for high temperature installations. The response time of the measurement can degrade with conditions, making online control of pH difficult. The measurement is temperature dependent; compensation usually takes place in the transmitter. Continue reading

A New Approach to pH Sensor Implementation


September 2016 Section Meeting

Many types of pH sensors are on the market and most are designed and marketed with specific strengths. But to get the most out of any sensor, it must be properly selected, installed and, most importantly, maintained. Inductively coupled, digital sensor technology now makes possible maintenance programs that maximize process pH measurement availability. Continue reading