Our Top 5 Problems with Process Historians points out a number of product limitations and common implementation issues. The news is not all bad but the Top 5 does illustrate common problems. Like all technologies, getting it to do something more than it was intended to do may be cool, but there will be strings…Details
Queensland Rail operates and maintains 6,600 km of track in South East Queensland and Regional areas. It operates over 8,000 services each week and relies on Electric Power to operate Electric Trains (Rolling Stock). The Traction Power SCADA System is used by Operators to manage the grid safely and in turn, indirectly maintain the safety…Details
Aurelia Metal’s Peak Mine has several polymetallic underground mines plus an 800ktpa gold and base metals processing plant. It is located in the Cobar Basin in New South Wales Australia. Like all mines and processing plants, Peak Mine has Industrial Control System technologies to monitor and manage processing and moving materials. These technologies also provide…Details
We are at a crossroad as technology advancement in information systems is challenging our fundamentals, and so it should. But what are we at risk of losing as we progress
During the last three decades a lot has happened in the tech space, although comparatively much less has changed in SCADA due to the industrial automation industry as a whole being very conservative.
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. Digitisation is a positive step forward, but only the start Data often offers more than a singular benefit…Details
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…Details
Rhetoric IoT, or IIoT for the purists living in the industrial automation space, is seen by many to be a rebadge or a new shiny coat of paint for things we have been doing for years. That is true in part, particularly for those who have been “smart” about managing devices. We now call these…Details
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?…Details
From time to time we are asked, “what is the best reporting system for my operational system?” This is how we go about answering that question.Details
How will we survive without Industrial Automation Process Historians?
Since SCADA Systems are typically considered industrial-grade and robust, it’s common to assume they’re flawless, right?
There are two primary concepts of redundancy when considering process and automation systems.Details
There’s an old saying about data… “put rubbish in, get rubbish out”Details
Why are unmanned process plants often un-monitored?
Is a single source of truth possible for an enterprise information management system?Details
A systems integrator is a unique animal that finds pleasure in connecting unlike systems to produce a system or solution of superior functionality.
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,…Details
If the lights go out, or the water is contaminated, who do we blame? Can we blame…Details
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.…Details
Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a standard method for measuring the improvement opportunity of a production process. It provides a single number that benchmarks a work cell’s performance. A work cell could be a single machine, a group of machines, a line or an entire production facility.Details
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.