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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…

Process Historians – Do they have a limited shelf life?

How will we survive without Industrial Automation Process Historians? How long have we had Big Data Solutions? What are the core concepts when selecting a Process Historian? What is the life cycle of a Process Historian? Can Relational Databases be used as a process historian? What are the important factors when implementing a process historian?…

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?…

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…

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,…