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4 INTECH SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 WWW.ISA.ORG PROCESS AUTOMATION 16 Global megatrends driving manufacturing digital transformation By Keith Chambers Global megatrends must be recognized and ac counted for when designing and implementing manufacturing software systems, as an integral part of a digital transformation strategy. FACTORY AUTOMATION 22 Start with risk assessment to enhance safety By John Ritter Determining the level of risk near robotic equip- ment is the first step in creating a safe environment for workers. Changes to RIA R15.06 reference ISO 10218-1 & 2 and allow for "safety-rated" control software to be implemented. SYSTEM INTEGRATION 26 Steam trap monitoring enables predictive maintenance By Tom Bass About 18 percent of steam traps in a large chemical manufacturing facility can fail in a given year, result - ing in wasted energy costs up to $16,000 per trap. AUTOMATION IT 34 Scale and scope By J. Patrick Kennedy, PhD Information is perhaps the only commodity in the world that gets more valuable the more people consume it. So why are companies struggling with digital transformation? EXCELLENCE AWARDS 42 Facing a faster world By Bob Felton ISA's awards program celebrates excellence in automation. This year's winners worked in industrial data communications and process analytics. COVER STORY The pay raise engineers have been waiting for By Cory Fogg The salary of the average automation engineer has finally increased by more than 5 percent—for the first time since 2010. September/October 2018 | Vol 65, Issue 5 www.isa.org 10 SPECIAL SECTION: PROCESS SAFETY 38 Shipped NGL producer improves commissioning, troubleshooting, and safety By Glenn Schulz Device configuration and commissioning tasks are vital to the reliability and safety of an industrial facility but are time consuming, tedious, and prone to errors. Canadian company Inter Pipeline has streamlined plant startup and safety procedures with smart instrumentation information monitor - ing and asset management solutions. A U T O M A T I O N F O U N D E R S C I R C L E

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