Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Automation integration: Visualization Software on the Plant Floor

The video addresses the challenges associated with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) equipment integration  into production and plant operations and ways to offer meaningful data to the line operator
·         How machine obscurity due to lack of features and cost cutting influences operations, start-ups etc
·         Ways to capture and display production information
·         How graphics can make sense of often cryptic numerical settings.

Monday, February 18, 2013

The Secrets of Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence

Manufacturing companies use key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure business efficiencies and provide contextual information for operators and supervisors to make intelligent decisions aligned with enterprise goals.

In this video, Lars Johansen of Chr. Hansen, provides an insider's look at how companies combine top-down KPIs with bottom-up data points to quickly convert this data into actionable information.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

SCADA Systems Risks Still High Despite Increased Awareness Finds SANS Survey

SCADA vulnerabilities are those that affect systems supporting critical infrastructure, such as utilities and water distribution.

Security in SCADA systems, which control a wide range of industrial and critical infrastructure facilities, has come under increased scrutiny since viruses like Flame and Stuxnet prompted an uptick in vulnerability disclosures.  

A recent survey report conducted by SANS (SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security) Institute’s analyst Matthew Luallen, suggests that despite the high risk awareness, proper measures to protect are behind.

Monday, February 11, 2013

The search for education on HMI/SCADA made easy

Welcome to the blog. This blog was setup to bring you the latest news, resources, articles and links helpful anyone interested to learn about HMI (Human Machine Interface), SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition), and the role of mobile devices in shaping the industry.  It is intended to be a place to find answers like: “Where do I protect my SCADA against cyber attacks”, “How do I give the casual user access to see the HMI screens on their own device”.  Here are some of the upcoming topics: