Interactive Control Podcast



Interactive Control Podcast

 

If you work with controls as an Operator, Engineer, Maintenance Person, or Plant Manager, this podcast is for you. Our focus is on answering real questions and solving real problems with real controls experts. We will cover topics such as unit startup issues, alarm rationalization, loop tuning, instrumentation calibration, various system overviews, component breakdowns, and more.

*Voted one of the Top 20 Instrumentation Podcasts of 2021*



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Nuclear Energy Part 3 – Future of Fission Continued

Summary: This is the third episode of a 4-part series on nuclear energy with my guest Paul Rix. In this episode we continued with our discussion on fission technologies of the future including fast neutron reactors, high temperature gas, TRISO fuel, and Thorium. The intent of this series is to give listeners a sufficient understanding of the political, economic, technical, and scientific aspects around nuclear energy to form educated opinions on how it fits into green energy and the energy transition.

Guest Bio:

Paul is a retired specialist in the field of industrial process automation. During his 30+ years in this field he has worked in international management roles for national and international companies covering all aspects of the I&C business. Most recently he specialised in Global Account & Product Management and has held a variety of senior roles involving extensive global travel and long-term postings in the Middle East and Asia. Academically he holds UK bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics and engineering respectively and is both a European Registered Professional Engineer and UK Chartered Engineer.

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Nuclear Energy Part 2 – Accidents and the Future of Fission

Summary: The second episode of a 4-part series on nuclear energy with my guest Paul Rix. In this episode we continued to discuss some of the challenges facing nuclear – namely the major accidents that have occurred, potential for misuse, and public perception. Then we moved into some of the ongoing and future advancements expected in Fission technology, including small modular reactors or SMRs. The intent of this series is to give listeners a sufficient understanding of the political, economic, technical, and scientific aspects around nuclear energy to form educated opinions on how it fits into green energy and the energy transition.

Summary: The second episode of a 4-part series on nuclear energy with my guest Paul Rix. In this episode we continued to discuss some of the challenges facing nuclear – namely the major accidents that have occurred, potential for misuse, and public perception. Then we moved into some of the ongoing and future advancements expected in Fission technology, including small modular reactors or SMRs. The intent of this series is to give listeners a sufficient understanding of the political, economic, technical, and scientific aspects around nuclear energy to form educated opinions on how it fits into green energy and the energy transition.

Guest Bio:

Paul is a retired specialist in the field of industrial process automation. During his 30+ years in this field he has worked in international management roles for national and international companies covering all aspects of the I&C business. Most recently he specialised in Global Account & Product Management and has held a variety of senior roles involving extensive global travel and long-term postings in the Middle East and Asia. Academically he holds UK bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics and engineering respectively and is both a European Registered Professional Engineer and UK Chartered Engineer.

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Nuclear Energy Part 1 – Atomic Structure and History

Summary: The first of a 4-part series on nuclear energy with my guest Paul Rix. In this episode we cover the nitty gritty of atomic structure and stability, the history of nuclear power, how fission technology works and we start on some of its challenges. The intent of this series is to give listeners a sufficient understanding of the political, economic, technical, and scientific aspects around nuclear energy to form educated opinions on how it fits into green energy and the energy transition.

Guest Bio:

Paul is a retired specialist in the field of industrial process automation. During his 30+ years in this field he has worked in international management roles for national and international companies covering all aspects of the I&C business. Most recently he specialised in Global Account & Product Management and has held a variety of senior roles involving extensive global travel and long-term postings in the Middle East and Asia. Academically he holds UK bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics and engineering respectively and is both a European Registered Professional Engineer and UK Chartered Engineer.

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DCS or PLC, The Age-Old Question

Summary: Have you ever wondered if you should be using a Distributed Control System (DCS) or a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) for your application? Well, look no further because my guest for this episode, Nate Martin, will answer this question and more!

Topics Covered:

  • Differences between DCS and PLCs
  • Pros and cons of each
  • Applications to consider for each
  • Example use cases

Guest Bio:

Nate is a Lead Product Manager for Nexus Controls.  He is responsible for aligning the features of the Nexus Controls OnCore™ Control System with the current and future needs of customers in a variety of industries.  As a chemical engineer by education and practice, Nate Martin has been around manufacturing facilities his entire 20-year career serving as both a product development engineer and a field services manager.  For the past 15 years, he has been a product and portfolio manager working closely with customers in the construction, oil & gas, industrial and power generation markets.  He is always listening and learning from customers about their concerns and requirements for future improvements. Nate holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the University of Denver.

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Industrial Cybersecurity Part 3: Tools for Implementing your Cybersecurity Plan

Summary: In part 1 of this series, we discussed emerging threats and attack vectors facing the industrial automation space. In part 2 we covered Operational Technology (or OT) and how to move from a reactive approach to cybersecurity to a proactive approach. In Part 3 we’ll cover specific tools that can be used to address challenges and implement a cybersecurity plan with my guest, Mohammed Al Afoo.

Topics Covered:

  • Main cyber challenges facing Industrial Control Systems
  • Categories of tools – intrusive vs non-intrusive
  • Tools – non-repudiation, anomaly detection, Perimeter Protection, Allow-listing
  • And More!

Guest Bio:

Mohammed is a Senior Solution Architect for industrial cybersecurity covering the Middle East, Africa, Turkey, Pakistan, and India for Nexus Controls. His past roles include Senior Technical Support Manager for OT Cybersecurity and Cybersecurity Lead Solution Architect. Mohammed has a BS in Design and Technology as well as an MBA. He is certified as a Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional and a Six Sigma Green Belt.

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Drones and Robots in Industrial Process Automation

Summary: In this episode we talk about a very exciting topic – drones and robots – with my guest Tim Shea from ARC.

Summary: In this episode we talk about a very exciting topic – drones and robots – with my guest Tim Shea from ARC.

Topics Covered:

Roles and applications in Industrial Process, market and competitive landscape, and special considerations such as regulations, piloting, battery life, and more. 

 

Questions or Topic Ideas?

The title of this podcast is Interactive Control for a reason. If you have a topic you’d like us to cover that we haven’t yet, please send me a message over LinkedIn or email me at Michelle.Rosinski@BakerHughes.com and we’ll do our best to cover it in a future episode.