UK Profibus User Conference 2013

The Profibus Group, the UK’s leading source of information and support for Profibus and Profinet users has announced preliminary details of the conference programme to be presented at its 20th Anniversary event on 26th June at the Stratford Manor Hotel, Warwickshire.

The conference will open with a State of The (Industrial) Nation address from Brian Holliday, one of the “founding fathers” of The UK’s Profibus Group, addressing factors such as government, manufacturing, industrial infra-structure and skills, and why investment and standards such as  Profibus & Profinet remain key to growth and prosperity.

PI Chairman Karsten Schneider will then present the keynote speech, bringing important news of updates on the technology including Profinet for Process industry applications, performance achievements and the latest developments on such key areas as Profienergy, the organisation’s innovative solution for massive energy-savings during production idle times.

Case Studies

James Powell, author of “Catching the Process Fieldbus” and a regular presenter at previous conferences will present a case study of a customer who has switched from Ex HART to IS Profibus PA utilizing a multi-vendor solution, showing that Profibus PA is not just for large sites and revealing the economics of using PA and IS instead of Ex construction.

Other practical presentations and case studies will be delivered by David Bray of United Utilities on the subject of lightning protection while an expert from BAE Systems submarine division will address key issues of safety and security in systems design and implementation.

Master Classes and Workshops

There will be a number of Master Classes and Workshops, covering matters such as the new Certified Profibus System Designer course. Delivered by the Group’s Technical Officer, Andy Verwer, this presentation shows the need for such certified training and outlines the course content.

Peter Thomas of Control Specialists will discuss how the use of Profinet can take you into the realms of the IT world, which is very different from the one in which control engineers usually operate in. He will show how WireShark can be used as a tool for base lining the operation of your Profinet network and will initially look at normal Internet traffic frames such as ping and web site calls to gain a better understanding of how it can be of benefit.

Other workshops will be presented covering tools and techniques for health checking and trouble shooting, Profibus device configuration and device commissioning using FDT/DTM and EDDL based tools.

Further information about the conference programme and exhibits can be found on the conference web site at www.profibusgroup.com

Yokogawa and McAfee partner for industrial automation IT security

Yokogawa and McAfee have announced the signing of a partnership agreement to offer holistic and value-added IT security solutions for the industrial automation world.

Building on Yokogawa’s strong global track record in delivering control system solutions, and McAfee’s cyber-security expertise, the partnership addresses the imperative of digital threats to industrial control systems.
In particular, the partners will collaborate to offer Yokogawa customers seamless solutions to avoid gaps between different IT systems, across proprietary solutions and expanded communication channels (e. g.  IP, wireless and mobile) and running common operating systems and applications.
The growing number of cyberthreats targeting industrial environments
According to McAfee’s recent threats report, cybercrime, “hacktivism” and cyber-warfare are on the rise worldwide, and are growing ever more sophisticated. Governments, large enterprises, small business, and home users face a wide range of digital threats, and recent prominent cases of industrial sabotage and espionage have escalated these concerns.
Today’s cyber-security threats mean that industrial control system users and suppliers alike must be increasingly vigilant against current and future intrusions, as human safety and environmental impacts are directly at stake.
Special emphasis on industrial environments running critical infrastructure
While today’s process control systems can take advantage of advanced general-purpose IT to reduce costs, improve performance, enable interoperability with APC, MES and other systems, and add other important new capabilities, the very same technologies have made today’s industrial control systems increasingly vulnerable to security intrusions – malicious or otherwise – from both within and outside the plant.
Organisations tasked with running critical infrastructure such as oil and gas pipelines, chemical plants, power stations, and water treatment facilities must look at holistic security systems across two disparate, yet interconnected zones: enterprise IT and industrial control systems.
Holistic approach combining Yokogawa’s industrial experience and McAfee’s cybersecurity expertise
McAfee solutions provide resilience, efficient compliance measures, and real-time intelligence for changing threat environments, along with the power of real-time visibility and centralized management through a single platform.The combination of this expertise with Yokogawa’s domain knowledge provides a more holistic approach, resulting in the provision of more value-added industrial automation solutions.
This partnership addresses the issue that industrial process control systems typically have a three to five times longer lifecycle than typical commercial systems. Since both system technology and cyberthreats are ever-changing, automation system suppliers must embrace a life-cycle approach to industrial cyber-security.
“Security measures for control systems are indispensable. Yokogawa is continually making stringent efforts to provide our customers optimum with control system security solutions, starting with the development of highly secure instruments and systems and extending to the provision of operational support services,” said Nobuaki Konishi, Vice President of Yokogawa’s IA Systems Business Division: “This partnership will allow us to combine our technology and plant security knowhow with McAfee’s technology to enhance the security of our products and our line-up of security solution services covering the entire lifecycle of our customers’ plants.  This will include the integration of anti-virus software with industrial control systems used in the process industries”.
“Businesses are looking for integrated security solutions, moving from simply securing components to understanding and measuring the security of a business system as a whole”, said Wahab Yusoff, vice president for McAfee South Asia. “That is why we feel strongly about this opportunity to work with Yokogawa as a leading global supplier of industrial control systems with a history of nearly 100 years of growing expertise and experience.”