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IIoT

Start Small with Analytics to Build Momentum

Jan. 6, 2020
Figuring out which analytics platform works for you may, at first, seem daunting, developing a strategy and small-scale analytics pilots could what helps you finally make that...
Jeff Miller, director of project management, Interstates
Home

Agile in a System Integrator World

Nov. 4, 2019
From project development to general productivity, having an agile system in a systems integrator world is extremely beneficial. Jeff Miller lays out how your company can benefit...
Ricardo Romero is a systems analyst at Interstates Control Systems
OEE

Network Resiliency on the Manufacturing Floor

Sept. 2, 2019
Unplanned downtime is a significant detriment to any business. In order to make sure that processes remain uninterrupted, consider implementing these resiliency protocols when...
Jessica DeBoom
Data

Have You Verified Your Historian’s Data Recently?

July 1, 2019
Manufacturers rely on data historians to record and retrieve their data, but what happens if the tags, limits, or baselines aren’t set up correctly? An audit might be needed to...
Thinking Through Remote Access Cybersecurity
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Thinking Through Remote Access Cybersecurity

May 16, 2019
A systems integrator/cybersecurity analyst outlines the risks associated with letting third party partners—and internal engineers—into the manufacturing network, and the things...
Brandon Bohle, Interstates Control Systems
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A Practical Approach to Creating Internal Cybersecurity Practices

Follow these basic steps to create clear and concise cybersecurity policies and standards to protect your organization.
Brandon Bohle, Interstates Control Systems
Home

Get the Most Out of Your Cybersecurity Assessment

March 4, 2019
Performing a cybersecurity assessment on your industrial control system environment will allow you to address potential threats before they become realized attacks.
Brandon Bohle, Interstates Control Systems
Home

Tips to Keep Your Cybersecurity Documentation Current

Dec. 31, 2018
Cybersecurity documents are only as good as their accuracy. That means not only making sure everything is documented in the first place, but also kept up to date.
Heather Johnson, Interstates Control Systems
Home

7 Considerations for Mechanical and Automation Migrations

Sept. 24, 2018
To help you get through the pressures that your team will undoubtedly face during a migration, consider these important steps to prepare.
Jerry Steenhoek, Interstates Control Systems
Data

Are You Sitting on a Landmine or a Goldmine of Data?

July 30, 2018
Although you might be collecting plenty of data from smart devices or equipment, getting it organized and usable is essential to turning it into a goldmine.

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Alan Raveling Web
Cybersecurity

The Right Level of Security for Your Plant

Oct. 30, 2023
How the ISA/IEC 62443 Target Security Levels can be used to guide your efforts around small or large security concerns.
Brandom Bohle Web
Cybersecurity

Cyber Attacks: What Should Manufacturers Do?

July 31, 2023
As you think about cybersecurity, determine how much downtime or monetary loss you can afford due to a cyber attack. Understanding what you’re willing to risk can help determine...
With SDN, no device on your network can communicate to another without your explicit permission. Users create device-to-device communication rules that Dynics’ OT SDN Network Controller propagates to the switches and centrally manages. Source: Dynics
Communication

Should Your Industrial Network Be a Software-Defined Network?

May 11, 2023
With data at the center of all modern industrial operations, the networks that support transmission of data become more critical than ever. That’s why a growing number of industry...
Ben Langton
Plant Maintenance

An Alternative to On-Site Service Technicians

Aug. 15, 2022
System Integrator Interstates introduces its Smart Hands service to remotely address maintenance activities that can distract from your employees’ core job duties.
Jamie Schmidt
Control

Retrofit or Upgrade: What’s Best for Your Facility?

May 16, 2022
When undertaking a controls project, beginning with an installed base evaluation can help determine if a retrofit or complete upgrade will be more advantageous in the long run...
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Cybersecurity

4 Ways to Improve Network Threat Detection

Feb. 21, 2022
As industrial cybersecurity threats increase, taking every measure possible to secure vulnerable OT systems is vital, particularly in a legacy environment.
Dan Riley, Analytics Manager, Interstates
Business Intelligence

Analytics Decision: Buy or Make Capabilities

Dec. 20, 2021
Three value drivers of analytics platforms are confidence in vendor, development effort, and platform cost. Discover how software-as-a-service platforms and opensource platforms...
Michael De Boer, Automation Manager, Interstates
Business Intelligence

Best Practices for Integrating Plant Floor Automation

Oct. 25, 2021
Looking to achieve your manufacturing plant's goals with automation? Learn what common challenges to expect and best practices to make your system integration a success.
Dan Riley, Analytics Manager, Interstates
Plant Maintenance

A Step-by-Step Guide to Predictive Maintenance

Aug. 23, 2021
Implementing and understanding predictive maintenance is essential if unplanned downtime has a high impact on your production schedule. Discover the step-by-step process of how...
David Smit, OT Infrastructure and Security at Interstates.
Control

Modern Industrial Control System Firewalls

June 28, 2021
Do you have a perimeter firewall connecting your business to the public internet? Learn how to protect your Industrial Control Systems (ICS) software products on ICS networks....

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IIoT

Technology Matters: IIoT Missteps, Cybersecurity Readiness, and Volkswagen's Industrial Cloud

Sept. 22, 2020
Automation World explores a new report that outlines key steps around the Industrial Internet of Things many manufacturers overlook, how to assess your cybersecurity readiness...

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Brandon Bohle, Manufacturing IT Analyst III at Interstates.
Cybersecurity

Understanding the Importance of Cybersecurity Assessments

March 15, 2021
Cybersecurity is vital for every plant's operational health, but many don't invest until after they've experienced a breach. Learn why cybersecurity assessments are crucial, how...
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Motion

Motor Selection Insights

March 9, 2021
A look at the factors that come into play when deciding between general purpose and inverter duty-rated motors for industrial applications.
David Smit, OT Infrastructure and Security at Interstates.
Plant Maintenance

The Benefits of a “Deny All” Approach to Security

Jan. 4, 2021
Software-Defined Networking (SDN) has typically been used to protect and manage IT networks, but its device-based, zero-trust security, and administration benefits can provide...
Jason Anson, Automation Manager at Interstates
Plant Maintenance

Use Remote Upgrades to Prevent Software Obsolescence

Nov. 17, 2020
Find out what steps your team should consider when implementing plant software upgrades in order to avoid increased downtime and lost productivity.
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Cybersecurity

Assessing Your Cybersecurity Readiness

Sept. 9, 2020
With COVID-19 increasing the need for remote connections to your network, the need for solid cybersecurity protections becomes ever more important.
Heather Johnson, automation manager, Interstates.
Plant Maintenance

Simulation Environments: Worth the Investment?

Sept. 7, 2020
Establishing a simulation environment in a facility can have many benefits when it comes to testing, risk management, downtime, and even troubleshooting. But deciding if the investment...
Daren Dielman, Director of Operations, Interstates
Workforce

The Value of a Peer Group

July 6, 2020
Coming into any industry without much background knowledge or experience can be difficult. A peer group can help ease the transition through idea sharing and general conversations...
Jeff Miller, director of project management, Interstates
Workforce

The Importance of Building Corporate Culture

May 4, 2020
As the world shifts towards remote work, Jeff Miller shows how important it is for organizations managing people and offices around the world to maintain a similar corporate culture...
Brandon Bohle, Interstates Control Systems
Cybersecurity

The Importance of Cybersecurity During a Crisis

April 6, 2020
In times of crisis, some parts of your organization may be deemed more critical than cybersecurity, but that thinking can leave your systems unprotected. Be aware of your vulnerabilitie...