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Are you Properly Securing your Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) Operations?

April 6, 2020

In today’s process plants more and more automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) are being deployed across the manufacturing space. These vehicles are used extensively for material handling and distribution of final products within the process or manufacturing facility. The operational efficiency these vehicles bring to plant operations are highly prized and are a critical part of […]

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Remote security working in world of coronavirus

March 30, 2020

With a large influx of people working remotely due to COVID-19, cybersecurity is becoming a topic of concern for employers and their employees. . “Having companies looking to go to more remote operations, more remote maintenance is not a new trend,” said John Cusimano, vice president of cybersecurity at aeSolutions. “In recent years it may […]

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aeSolutions President’s message to our clients and partners regarding COVID-19

March 16, 2020

Dear Client or Partner: As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve I would like to provide more detailed information about the steps we are taking for the safety of our employees, our clients and our communities while still maintaining business as usual to the greatest extent practical. We are using the latest guidance from the […]

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aeSolutions Teaches Middle School Students about the Internet of Things (IoT)

March 16, 2020

The Internet of Things, also known as “IoT”, is the technology that allows smart devices to be monitored and/or controlled across the Internet.  For example, smart doorbells, thermostats, TVs, speakers, toys, wearables, medical devices, appliances are some of the types of IoT devices you might find at home.  Beyond the home, smart meters, security systems […]

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New Video Overview of the aeCyberPHA Cyber Risk Assessment Methodology

February 28, 2020

This video shows a good walk through our unique cyber-safety risk assessment methodology that we call aeCyberPHA®.  The aeCyber PHA process integrates process safety, industrial automation and cybersecurity disciplines to identify, rank and manage industrial cybersecurity risk in the same context as all operational risks. ■ Integrates with process safety to provide management with […]

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Bolster Your OT Cybersecurity Program – Chemical Processing

February 6, 2020

The following article is reproduced from the January issue of Chemical Processing with permission. .   Our aeCyber™ suite of services is a risk-driven approach organized into four competencies: Governance, Risk Management, Security Implementation, and Security Operations. By working with you and focusing on the core mission in each of these four areas, we can […]

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Reducing systematic failures

February 4, 2020

Systematic failures are the result of oversights, lapses, mistakes, and decisions of not only people, but of organizations. The UK HSE showed that most accidents involving control and safety system failures were due to incorrect and incomplete specifications, or design errors. This also includes the requirements for the application program (software implementation). If the requirements […]

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Part 2: the use of Bayesian networks in functional safety

January 28, 2020

Past performance is not an indicator of future performance, especially for rare events. Past performance would not have indicated (at least not to those involved at the time) what would happen at Bhopal, Texas City, or any other accident you can think of. So, what is the definition of a safe plant? Some have responded, […]

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The use of Bayesian Networks in Functional Safety

January 21, 2020

Functional safety engineers follow the ISA/IEC 61511 standard and perform calculations based on random hardware failures. These result in very low failure probabilities, which are then combined with similarly low failure probabilities for other safety layers, to show that the overall probability of an accident is extremely low (e.g., 1E-5/yr). Unfortunately, such numbers are based […]

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