PAS in the News

  • Automation World

    October 2016
    Safety Lifecycle Management

    PAS rolls out IPL Assurance software with real-time predictive analytics that monitor the health and availability of Independent Protection Layers which enable operators to ascertain the overall risk profile of a facility. The safety structure of complex process control systems is designed in multiple layers in order to ensure an equipment “event” is caught way before it starts. This multi-tiered set up is based on Safet...

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  • The UK Register

    October 2016
    Schneider Electric Plugs Gaping Hole in Industrial Control Kit

    David Zahn, general manager at PAS, Inc, a provider of industrial control systems cybersecurity technology, added that further flaws along the lines of the one successfully resolved by Schneider are inevitable because industrial control technology was never designed with security in mind. “It is good that cybersecurity companies are disclosing these vulnerabilities and following good ethical disclosure practices, but no...

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  • IT World Canada

    October 2016
    Another Warning of a Vulnerability in Industrial Control Systems

    David Zahn, general manager at PAS, Inc., a provider of ICS cybersecurity, was at the session and said in an email that it is good that cybersecurity companies are disclosing these vulnerabilities and following good ethical disclosure practices. But, he added, no one should be surprised that such vulnerabilities exist.

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  • ISS Source

    October 2016
    Process Analytics Safety Tool Launches

    Safety risk remains a top priority for all companies in the process industries, but knowing if and when an incident may occur is not so cut and dried. Along those lines, PAS Inc. launched a tool Wednesday that can not only provide visibility into what is going on, it can also offer real-time predictive analytics on the health and availability of the safety instrumented systems (SIS), alarm management systems, and other I...

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  • Automation World

    October 2016
    How to Keep Shutdowns from Becoming Disasters

    In process industries like oil and gas and chemicals, the ability to identify shifts in patterns that could eventually cause problems is critical. That’s because a seemingly simple issue, like a pump malfunction, could result in a not so natural disaster. From oil spills to gas leaks and fires, manufacturing incidents are still fairly frequent. And when death, injury and environmental destruction are involved, company ex...

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  • Chemical Engineering

    October 2016
    You Cannot Secure What You Cannot See

    In industrial facilities, cyber incidents typically result from three basic scenarios: a malicious attack from an outside individual or group; a cyber incident that results from an engineer making a mistake that alters a control process or diminishes safe operations; or the work of a disgruntled employee or ex-employee. No matter which of these scenarios you believe is real or presents the most risk, companies must take ...

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  • Processing Magazine

    September 2016
    Combatting the Insider Threat

    Visibility into a facility’s proprietary control system configurations is a prerequisite for cybersecurity. According to IBM’s 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index report, 44.5 percent of all cyberattacks in 2015 — up from 31.5 percent the previous year — were perpetrated by malicious insiders. An additional 15.5 percent resulted from inadvertent actors. Process plants are not immune to these attacks.

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  • March 2016
    Interview: Eddie Habibi, CEO of PAS at the ARC Industry Forum

    Founder and CEO of PAS interviews with the ARC Advisory Group at the 2016 ARC Industry Forum. ARC Advisory Group is the leading technology research and advisory firm for industry and infrastructure. Their coverage of technology and trends extends from business systems to product and asset lifecycle management, Industrial IoT, Industry 4.0, supply chain management, operations management, energy optimization and automation...

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  • Chemical Engineering

    March 2016
    Understand and Cure High Alarm Rates

    Modern distributed control systems (DCS) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems are highly capable at controlling chemical processes. However, when incorrectly configured, which is often the case, they also excel at another task - generating alarms. It is common to find alarm rates that exceed thousands per day or per shift at some chemical process industries (CPI) facilities. This is a far greater...

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  • Automation World

    January 2016
    Taking Abnormal Situation Management to the Outer Limits

    As the plant floor becomes more connected, so do abnormal situations—which can originate from anywhere in the enterprise. To help operators navigate this new universe of anomalies, suppliers are turning to artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies that enable proactive situational awareness vs. reactive alarm management.

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  • January 2016
    Industrial IIOT: An Opportunity for Fast-Moving Innovators; a Threat to Slow-Moving...

    The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) presents a unique opportunity to speed up the slow-moving technology adoption lifecycle that is inherent to the industrial sector for operational technologies (OT). This is a sector that – for all the right reasons related to safety, security, and continuity – is relatively slow to adopt new technologies.

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  • December 2015
    Using Process Graphics to Maximize Operator Effectiveness

    For three decades, the process industries have been using sophisticated Distributed Control Systems (DCS) or Site Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems for process control. These use real-time process control graphics as the Human-Machine Interface (HMI) for the operator. But when we installed these systems, there were no available guidelines as to what constituted a “good” graphic.

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  • November 2015
    Securing Industrial Control Systems from the Inside and Out

    For the last several months, officials from PAS have been traveling the globe talking to manufacturing executives about best practices for securing industrial control systems (ICS). A few years ago these trips were focused on educating companies on the vulnerabilities of the ICS. But today, interestingly, CIOs and cybersecurity professionals understand that the safeguards currently in place only scratch the network surface.

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  • November 2015
    A New Take On ICS Cybersecurity

    Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Cybersecurity risks have become so public that CEOs and Board members are sponsoring projects within their companies and raising visibility of the issue. PAS Inc. CEO Eddie Habibi and General Manager of Cybersecurity and CMO David Zahn shared that news with me during a conversation this week regarding the release of a new version of PAS Cyber Integrity (5.0).

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  • November 2015
    IT/OT Convergence Rolls On

    PAS, which is well known for its Integrity software, has perhaps solved the problem with its new release of Cyber Integrity 5.0, a part of the PAS Integrity Software Suite, according to David Zahn, general manager of the cyber security business unit at PAS. PAS Cyber Integrity is based upon the proven PAS Integrity platform, and it automates internal and regulatory compliance reporting while reducing associated efforts b...

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  • July 2015
    Pick the Real Culprit

    Standards on alarm management have continued to evolve since the June 2009 publication of ISA-18.2, the first true standard on alarm management applicable to U.S. companies. Alarm management standards went global in October 2014 with the release of the international standard IEC 62682.

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  • May 2015
    PAS Adds Cybersecurity Business Unit

    Recognizing the need for a bulletproof security framework for industrial control systems, PAS Inc., a provider of asset and configuration management for distributed control systems (DCS), has formed a new Cyber Security Business Unit focused on providing products and services to protect the core configuration of the control system. In addition to the announcement of a new division, PAS rolled out the latest version of it...

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  • May 2015
    Security Evolution at PAS

    Cyber security issues continue to grow throughout the manufacturing automation sector and that is becoming clearer with new players trying to capitalize on the latest buzzwords to garner a foothold, but sometimes the answer to a problem has been in front of you all along. At least that is what PAS believes as the Houston-based asset reliability provider today launched a new cyber security business unit focused on configu...

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  • April 2015
    Technology Toolbox: Security Inside and Out

    Protecting industrial plants and their machines, networks, information systems, and personnel from threats is a management duty. New tools are designed to help companies comply with NERC’s Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) requirements, OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) standards, the ISA/IEC-62443 standards, and other external and internal security measures. Following are products meant to help companies man...

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  • February 2015
    Modern Age Plant Safety: Are We Pulling a Car with an Old Horse?

    Human error ties to all industrial accidents in one shape or form. “Hold on! Pumps fail and cause incidents all the time,” you might say. Yet, why do pumps fail? Often it is due to improper maintenance. Sometimes it might be because of shoddy design. Even with the pump failing to perform, there is still often an opportunity to avoid an incident if a console operator takes timely corrective actions. No matter the situatio...

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  • Chemical Processing

    January 2015
    Interest Builds in State-Based Control

    State-based control isn’t new but chemical companies now are showing increasing interest in the approach, according to vendors such as ABB, PAS, ProSys and Siemens. This has much to do with the 2010 launch of the ISA106 committee on Procedure Automation for Continuous Process Operations by the International Society for Automation, Research Triangle Park, N.C. Prior to this, only a small number of chemical companies, nota...

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  • Automation World

    July 2014
    Upgrading that '70s Interface

    The move to distributed control systems that deliver data in a digital format made old interfaces obsolete. But what some thought were improvements were actually obstacles. Today, understanding human error and ability, as well as industrial processes, helps engineers think like operators when it comes to redesigning control rooms and alarm-management systems. BASF and Southern Company explain what they’ve done.

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  • Industrial Automation Insider

    June 2014
    PAS: The Little Engine that Could! PAS Technical Conference 2014

    PAS is celebrating their 20th anniversary. Founder Eddie Habibi and his team threw a much larger party for the PAS Technology Conference 2014 than you'd expect from the company size. It was a respectable sized User Group meeting, too, with over 130 people from several countries in attendance. The conference keynotes by Eddie Habibi and FBI Special Agent Angela Haun were proceed by a press conference in which PAS CEO Habi...

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  • ISS Source

    February 2014
    Integrated Platform Boosts Human Response

    When you think about the automation, asset reliability and mechanical reliability we’ve been investing in our plants for the past 40 years, it’s no wonder we’ve designed in some pretty amazing technologies to boost overall plant reliability. While the mechanical side has seen an upturn, the human side of reliability needs some work.

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  • InTech

    December 2013
    Next Frontier: Operator-Automation Relationship

    Preclude operator error, improve safety and profitability. Industrial control systems are ocmplex designs, but they do not give much consideration to the needs of the human operator. This oversight has caused serious and costly accidents. By empowering operators with the right hman-automation relationship tools, companies will achieve and exceed their goals.

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  • Automation.com

    October 2013
    As Built Documentation Goes Real-Time, Supports Cyber Security & Greater Efficiency

    Anyone in the automation profession has experienced frustration in troubleshooting a problem or adding something new to control systems where the “as built” documentation does not match the installed system. This gap in documentation results in a significant amount of wasted man-hours and increased MTTR (Mean Time To Repair). In addition, cyber security requirements and regulations require up-to-date “as built” documenta...

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  • Automation World

    October 2013
    Process Safety Futures

    Conventional control systems are inherently limited in their ability to make cognitively complex decisions. Most operations are based on central operator consoles that require training and need close attention. They display too much data and too little relevant information. In crisis situations, with many hundreds and even thousands of simultaneous alarms, physical cooperation and communications become overwhelming and h...

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  • Automation World

    May 2013
    Trend Watch: Cyber Security Dashboards for NERC CIP Compliance

    Southern Company’s approach to NERC CIP compliance holds lessons for the manufacturing and processing industries as cybersecurity becomes a business imperative. For Southern Company, cybersecurity is not optional. They are required to address NERC cybersecurity standards, which, according to Southern Company’s systems analyst Larry Spoonemore, includes: maintaining an inventory of all assets and cyber devices/systems at ...

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  • Automation World

    May 2013
    Trend Watch: Operator HMI Development

    Industry conferences frequently offer a great chance to see new technologies up close along with the opportunity to hear various end users talk about their experience with those technologies. Less frequently, however, do you catch a bit of insight that could harbinger technology applications across industry.

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  • Automation World

    April 2013
    Barriers to Human Reliability

    The PAS conference in Houston last week primarily focused on the concept of Human Reliability, which, in essence, is the science of minimizing human error in service of greater safety, compliance and, ultimately, profitability. Highlighting the fact that this idea is not simply a pet concept of PAS—which is rebranding itself as “The Human Reliability Company”—the PAS conference featured a number of end user presenters fr...

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  • Automation World

    April 2013
    The Human-Automation Intersection

    It may not be a new concept, considering its roots can be found in H.W. Heinrich’s study of industrial safety in the 1930s, but the idea of “Human Reliability” certainly seems to be catching on across industry. Beyond the benefits of increased safety and improving the appeal of industrial work to new and existing employees, Human Reliability is also being lauded for its positive impact on productivity. A showcase example...

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  • ISS Source

    April 2013
    PAS: Visibility Across Enterprise

    Visibility of control system data remains a top priority for refineries these days as the entire enterprise needs to see what is going on throughout the process. “We are constantly getting pressure to get the data as visible and transparent as possible to a variety of different groups,” said Jason Bottjen, manager of control systems engineering at Valero Energy Corp., during his talk Tuesday at the PAS Technical Conferen...

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  • ISS Source

    April 2013
    PAS: One Way Communications Works

    That is why there were two companies – Waterfall Security Solutions and Owl Computing — talking differing technologies at the PAS Technical Conference in Houston, but saying one way communication is a very effective security tool. ake the Shamoon attack this past August. RasGas suffered from the attack last August and it forced the company to disconnect completely from the network.

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  • ISS Source

    April 2013
    PAS: Security a Productivity Enhancer

    Larry Spoonemore knows the advantages of cyber security go beyond just securing the plant. He knows it can be a productivity enhancer. “You will find if you manage the issues and over a period of time, you will improve productivity,” said Spoonemore, the control system integrity coordinator at energy provider Southern Company during his talk Tuesday on Automated Management of Cyber Security Assets at the PAS Technical Co...

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  • ISS Source

    Aprpil 2013
    PAS: Human Reliability

    It is time to focus on human reliability. “We have done a fantastic job in improving productivity, let’s try to prevent human error,” said Eddie Habibi, chief executive and founder of PAS, during his keynote address Tuesday at the PAS Technical Conference in Houston. “Human error is to human reliability as pump failure is to asset reliability.” In these days of faster, better, more, the reliance on technology is becoming...

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  • What's New In Process Technology

    May 2012
    To Err is Human

    Using Technology to Try to Solve the Problem is Equally Human. Humans are wonderful, complex beings. That our very name, homo sapiens, can be translated to wise man, is an indication of our intelligence. We have the ability and capacity to do so much and, along with our advanced language capability, we can reason, problem-solve, introspect and quickly adapt to current conditions around us. But we are not infallible.

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  • Industrial Automation Asia

    December 2011
    Qatargas Selects PAS For Site-wide Alarm System Improvement Project

    PAS, a supplier of human reliability software and services to the power and processing industries worldwide, has announced that Qatargas, the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer, has chosen PAS’ PlantState Suite alarm management software and engineering services for an improvement project across all their units.

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  • Connecting Industry

    June 2011
    A Modern Era for HMIs and Alarm Management Systems

    Iconon any company, an employee’s performance affects its productivity, profitability, and reputation. In manufacturing, the link is immediately apparent because the process is directly controlled by the real-time actions of a console operator. If that operator makes a critical mistake, the entire company may be adversely affected.

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  • Control Engineering Asia

    May 2011
    A Human Focus

    In most process industries, manufacturing is directly controlled by the real-time actions of a console operator. If that operator makes a critical mistake, the entire company and its shareholders may be adversely affected. The disciplines of Human Factors and Ergonomics explore the way humans interact within their work environment. Every individual’s job performance directly impacts safety, production, and profitability ...

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  • Industrial Automation Insider

    January 2011
    Hard-won experience of alarm management

    This alarm management problem leads on to a look at the practical and pragmatic approach adopted in the second edition of “The Alarm Management Handbook,” by Bill Hollifield, Principal Alarm Management Consultant for PAS, and Eddie Habibi, founder and ceo of PAS: incidentally Hollifield is also co-author of “The High Performance HMI Handbook.”

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  • Automazione Industriale

    September 2010
    Protecting knowledge improves processes

    As a leading player in the field of automation and information technology decreasing the time to implement automation and information projects while reducing risk are key priorities for Invensys Operations Management. Recently, Invensys has adopted PAS’ Integrity Software in order to automate the capture and management of the highly complex configuration of process automation assets, from field devices to advanced applic...

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  • Manufacturing Automation

    June 2010
    High Performance HMIs

    A new era of the human-machine interface (HMI) is upon us. Harsher safety and compliance standards have persuaded many operating companies to replace their “traditional” graphics with high-performance HMIs – a move that is sure to make life easier for plant operators everywhere. When graphic operator display capabilities were first introduced into distributed control systems (DCS) in the late 1970s, there were no guideli...

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  • ARC Advisory Group

    September 2009
    PAS Improves Operations and Automation Effectiveness

    PAS provides Operations and Automation Effectiveness solutions to the process industries. PAS improves operations effectiveness by maximizing operators’ situational awareness; enabling them to take the most beneficial actions during both steady state operations and abnormal situations. PAS’ Integrity software improves automation effectiveness by mapping and managing configuration for the ever-increasing number of complex...

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  • Industrial Automation Insider

    August 2009
    PAS sets out to map the Automation Genome

    PAS sets out to map the ‘Automation Genome’ Process automation users increasingly find themselves between the Scylla of growing complexity and the Charybdis of diminishing resource. OK, pretentious, but at least rather less cliché ridden than a rock and a hard place!

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  • InTech

    November 2007
    Stop Designing for Failure

    "All accidents are preventable." This is a powerful statement that inspires professional men and women in their quest for a safer working environment. We believe it to be true because otherwise we would have to accept failure. And when it comes to human life, failure is not an acceptable option. But is it true? Reality seems at odds with our belief.

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  • World Oil

    September 2006
    Alarm Systems Greatly Affect Offshore Facilities Amid High Oil Prices

    By following seven key steps, operators can create highly effective, reliable alarm systems to optimize offshore production facilities' operation. Reliability of oil and gas production facilities has never been more important. Poorly performing alarm systems negatively impact reliability and production. They can interfere with, rather than assist, the operator in handling an abnormal situation.

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