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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The Top 5 problems with SCADA Systems

SCADA Systems are perfect…  right? Alarm Bells Incorrect selection and application of SCADA network protocol stack  SCADA Application Redundancy Direct connection to SCADA from external enterprise systems  Poor engineering Practice  Tech Bias Ok, I admit I have a problem. Is there any hope?

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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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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.

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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Aspentech Solution Partner

When you have many assets to manage, including equipment and machines, you want to be able to monitor your assets to ensure that they function well and undergo routine and necessary maintenance on time. But what if you could predict with confidence before a failure occurs. Would that change how often you pulled down a…

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Water SCADA Solutions that include Information Systems, RTU, HMI and PLC

Effectively monitoring water infrastructure can lead to identifying and ultimately minimising operational losses. The investment in management and control of water infrastructure is of less value if the cost to operate complex technology does not drive better overall business performance. Water SCADA solutions may include SCADA Software, SCADA Historians (process data historian), PLCs, and RTUs…

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