SCADA IoT Tug-of-War – Are You Making the Right Choice?

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…


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. Digitisation is a positive step forward, but only the start Data often offers more than a singular benefit…

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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…

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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?…

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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,…


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.…


Production Performance – Implementing OEE

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.  

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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.