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. In some cases, there was no security at all. If you had the right configuration software, then you could configure the OT device to do as you pleased.  This was accepted as “sort of” okay while these devices were connected to isolated networks.  The network boundary was probably a single secured building, possibly located on a secured property. Physical and network isolation did a “good enough” job of protecting the asset from malicious interference.

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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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APM Solutions with an Aspentech 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 machine for routine maintenance? Knowing that over 30% of failures occur after routine maintenance, many asset owners are looking for strategies to improve the decision criteria so that routine maintenance can be delayed to “off peak” production periods to optimise business profits by reducing operating costs.

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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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