Enterprise Application Lifecycle Management ensures data integrity

In 2007 the Australian Government introduced the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme (NGERS), providing the first mandated national reporting guidelines for Australian companies. The instrument for compliance is the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007. Glencore (Xstrata at that time), along with many organisations, initially reported information, consolidated from data sources including complex…

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OT Managed Services for maximum flex

Parasyn have been providing engineering, management and lifecycle technology related services to Anglo for over 10 years.  Though some of these activities have related to IT Infrastructure, networks, security and design, the overall umbrella for the work is an OT Managed Services arrangement. During this time, Parasyn has programmed and successfully delivered more than 70…

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Managing Industrial Automation Software

There is nothing simple about managing industrial automation software systems. Why do we need to update our SCADA or Industrial Automation software? How often do we need to upgrade our Industrial Automation software? Why are staging environments important? How many staging environments do I need? What is configuration management and why is it important? High…

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Redundancy – Ask the Right Questions

There are two primary concepts of redundancy when considering process and automation systems. What are the two primary concepts of system redundancy? When is a RAM STUDY (Reliability, Availability and Maintainability) required? Even the Basics of Redundancy can become complex very easily What are some common traps when implementing redundant systems? What is SIL Rating?…

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Data Management for good SCADA Design

There’s an old saying about data… “put rubbish in, get rubbish out” Issues with unreliable SCADA Data? How can you have reliable SCADA data without throwing everything away? Are Time Series Protocols for SCADA Systems essential? So why aren’t some SCADA systems event logged? How can I improve the Operator SCADA Experience? Big issues for…

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Operational Historian vs. Enterprise Historian: What’s the Difference?

Historian systems have seen a rapid increase in use throughout various industries in the past decade or so. Data Historians improve how manufacturers, continuous process plant and utilities operate and manage their assets efficiently. Data Historian systems were built with the specific purpose of acquiring instrumentation data used in operational control, aiding in supervisory capacities,…

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The Network Boundary has changed

Ten years ago, “Operational Technology” (OT) vendors had only just really started to embrace Ethernet and TCP/IP as enterprise wide and global networking technology. The devices were generally designed “assuming” they would be on isolated “Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition” (SCADA) network segments and “something else” was going to take care of any security issues.…

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Why is Systems Design Critical for Industrial Automation Solutions?

Industrial Automation, officially explained and defined here, is generally accepted to be of a quality one level higher than the quality expected for consumer grade or domestic applications. Well-designed industrial automation systems increase business productivity and efficiency because they have been built for a purpose for a specific outcome and performance. When the system design…

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SCADA, PLC and RTU Solutions

SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems are essential to most  industrial, critical infrastructure and manufacturing organisation across a variety of industries. However, SCADA, PLC and RTU solutions are complex in nature and often for large-scale projects include a variety of equipment and even locations. In almost all scenarios, the discipline of IT (Information Technology)…

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