What is a Safety Instrumented Function?

What is a Safety Instrumented Function? One of the most fundamental questions related to Functional Safety and Safety Instrumented Systems is this-what is a safety instrumented function? Once you understand what a Safety Instrumented Function (SIF) means, you will immediately grasp the connection between safety instrumented functions and a Safety Instrumented System (SIS). But more on that later. Any plant or piece of equipment that has the potential to cause harm or damage to itself, the environment or to people needs protective functions. For example your car brake is a protective function. It helps stop the car almost immediately, when for example you spot a pedestrian on the road in front of your car when you are driving it. Ditto with things like pressure cookers or ovens- they all have some protective devices that prevent them from damaging themselves or the surroundings when they malfunction. What is an Instrumented Protective …

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Best VFD Training Courses

Taking the right VFD Training Courses is essential to mastering this technology and getting benefits from it. These training courses should be self paced, with easy explanations using graphics and animations and should not be just a video of a guy speaking. What is this about? As you probably already know, VFD is an acronym for Variable Frequency Drives. They are used to start, control and drive mainly AC Induction motors to and have many advantages over traditional ways of motor control. The advantages of using VFDs  include the ability to soft start & stop the motor, match the torque to that what is needed for the load, control the speed of the load  and also to save energy. Just one example of energy saving, is using a VFD drive to control the pump speed (and flow) instead of running the pump (via a Direct Online or Star-Delta starter) and …

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ICS cyber security training becomes exciting

Now ICS cyber security training has become more exciting than ever. Abhisam has added an assignment module in the Industrial Cybersecurity training program, where enrolled learners take part in an exciting thriller. Background As you know this training program leads to industrial control systems security certifications that you must have, in today’s industrial automation world. Plant Owners, process licensors, utility companies, engineering design consulting companies, EPC contractors and even regulatory authorities have started insisting on plant industrial automation and control systems, as well as safety instrumented systems to be designed in such a manner as to ensure cybersecurity. Cyber attacks on plants and facilities are growing and because these control and automation systems control physical assets (cyber-physical systems), it is all the more critical to ensure that the bad guys cannot break into them and cause havoc. Many of these organizations therefore insist that engineers and specialists, including IT professionals …

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ICS Security training course gets advanced module

Abhisam is pleased to announce that the popular ICS security training course, which is available as an e-course online, will now have an advanced module that can be accessed by all current learners and GOLD members. This will have many sub modules such as concepts of Kill Chains, the MITRE ATT&CK framework for ICS, Honeypots for Industrial Automation and Control systems and more. Cybersecurity is a growing concern for all companies and organizations worldwide. However not many people are aware that IT security and OT Security are two different disciplines. IT security is what is done to make business IT systems secure (think banks, credit card unions or travel portals). OT stands for Operations Technology. Hence OT security refers to those systems that are used in manufacturing plants, storage terminals and similar to control processes and keep them safe. OT systems are primarily Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS for …

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Abhisam Industrial Cybersecurity Course Released!

Abhisam is delighted to announce that its much awaited  e-learning course (XPRTU) on Industrial Cybersecurity is now released and available for purchase on the Abhisam website! This ICS Cybersecurity course covers all that you need to know about Industrial Control System Cybersecurity. Available in three options as Online (for individuals), Enterprise (for companies and other organizations) and Enterprise SCORM (in case a company/organization would like this to be accessible on your organizations LMS). Every option has the same content, but delivery and access time is different. There is a special offer for existing Abhisam customers! Also an Early Bird discount Code for those of you who had registered for it before the launch. This XPRTU has the following modules. These modules have text with full voiceover, animation, videos and examples to make it a complete learning experience. At the end of the course, you can take the exam and get …

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Abhisam Industrial IoT workshop in Pune in Sep 2018

Abhisam is excited to announce its fourth Pune workshop in September 2018 (7th and 8th Sep 2018)! After a slew of workshops in Mumbai and Pune, we will have the next Industrial IoT and Digitalization workshop in Pune on 7th and 8th Sep 2018. This Level 2 (Samurai) workshop will be a deep dive into the new Industrial Internet of Things and Digitalization technology that will revolutionize all industrial sectors. One of the myths perpetrated by many entities (incumbent automation vendors, engineering consultants and so on), about IIoT and Digitalization in plants such as oil and gas installations, petroleum refineries, chemical manufacturing plants, pharmaceutical bulk drug or formulation plants, power generating plants, mining sites, discrete parts manufacturing, autombile parts plants and so on is that they will not be impacted much because there are already digitized. This is actually a half truth. Just having some microprocessor based instruments that show …

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Abhisam Industrial IoT Workshops in Mumbai in Aug 2018

Abhisam is pleased to announce TWO Industrial IoT  (IIoT) and Digitalization training workshops (Samurai level) in August 2018 in Mumbai. There will be two workshops (both identical, so you can attend one or the other). The first one will be on 24th and 25th Aug 2018 and the second one will be on 27th and 28th Aug 2018. These one of its kind programs will be conducted by industry experts and will cover a range of topics that everybody who works in Automation, Control Systems or Industrial Electronics MUST know.  Also earn an electronic Badge via Credly, one of the largest badge issuers in the world. (All Abhisam electronic badges conform to the new Mozilla Open Badges standard and can be added to your LinkedIN profile and/or shared online). The Industrial IoT revolution is here and if you do not come up to speed with it today, you may be …

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Abhisam Industrial IoT and Digitalisation workshop in Pune, India- July 2018

Abhisam is pleased to announce its third workshop in Pune!! This Industrial IoT and Digitalisation workshop will take place in Pune, India on 21st and 22nd July 2018 (weekend workshop). This  Level 2 (Samurai) workshop will be a detailed experience into the new Industrial Internet of Things and Digitalization technology that is revolutionizing all industrial sectors. One of the myths perpetrated by many entities (incumbent automation vendors,  engineering consultants and so on), about IIoT and Digitalization in plants such as chemical process plants, pharmaceutical plants, power plants, mining operations and so on is that they will not be impacted much because there are already digitized. Nothing could be further from the truth! In reality most Instrumentation, Control Systems (be it a DCS or a PLC/SCADA or a SIS) installed in even newer plants is technology that is quite old. Even your mobile phone today has more computing power than some …

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Abhisam Industrial IoT and Digitalisation workshop in Hyderabad, India- June 2018

Abhisam is pleased to announce an Industrial IoT and Digitalisation workshop in Hyderabad on 29th and 30th June 2018. This  workshop which is a Level 2 (Samurai) workshop will be a detailed experience into the new Industrial Internet of Things and Digitalization technology that is revolutionizing all industrial sectors. One of the myths about IIoT and Digitalization in plants such as chemical process plants, pharmaceutical plants, power plants, mining operations and so on is that they will not be impacted much because there are already digitized. Nothing could be further from the truth. In reality most Instrumentation, Control Systems (be it a DCS or a PLC/SCADA or a SIS) installed in even newer plants is technology that is quite old. Even your mobile phone today has more computing power than some of the DCS controllers that you will find in these plants! So the reality is that they will be …

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Abhisam Industrial IoT and Digitalisation workshop in Pune- May2018

Abhisam is excited to announce a Samurai Level Industrial IoT and Digitalisation workshop in Pune on 19th and 20th May 2018. This weekend workshop which is a Level 2 workshop will be a deep dive into the new Industrial Internet of Things and Digitalisation technology. Until now Industrial manufacturing plants such as chemical process plants, pharmaceutical plants, power plants, mining operations and so on were not very much impacted by the sweeping wave of Industrial IoT and Digitalisation that is hitting other manufacturing industries such as discrete parts manufacturing, automobile manufacturing and other kinds of discrete “widget” manufacturing. It was thought that the process industries (think an oil refinery or a large petrochemical plant) would not be affected much as they already had a lot of sophisticated control systems sucha s DCS/PLC/SCADA  systems. However due to new Digitalisation technology, it is now possible to implement very cost effective, cyber secure, …

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