Sunday, May 31, 2015

Trouble Connecting Legacy Hardware to SCADA system?

Case Study: Learn how Boise Cascade build a highly scalable HMI solution that meets evolving needs through reliable, standardized implementations, smooth upgrades,  efficient reporting and improved the fuel consumption by 10%

Boise Cascade Goals
  • Deliver plant automation for integrated systems including lumber sorting, presses, boilers and dryers.
  • Enable smooth upgrades and updates as the plant and its equipment expand over time.
  • Fulfill federal and state environmental reporting requirements

Friday, May 29, 2015

7 Tips for Selecting the Right SCADA System for Your Needs

The SCADA system is the brain of your automation system, so choosing the right one for your specific requirements is an important decision. The best SCADA system is the one that can easily communicate with all your RTUs and PLCs , meet your needs today and tomorrow and ensure your investment is protected. Below are some considerations when choosing a SCADA solution.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

13 questions to ask when choosing the Right SCADA Partner

As the complexity of a customer's project increases the project success may depend on working with the right Partners.

This blog post is intended to provide customers in the manufacturing industry and solutions delivery partners looking to collaborate with other delivery partners with some guidelines on how to identify and select the right Partners to work with. When a manufacturing company buys a solution involving SCADA products, the license sale is only the beginning of the process. The success of the selected solutions’ implementation and the ultimate value delivered to the customer depends on the technical talent and delivery skills of the project team members who must configure and implement the application.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Why alarms are a double-edged sword?

Alarms, if not managed properly, could prove to be your Achilles’ heel.

Since the introduction of Distributed Control Systems (DCS) in the late 1970s, the number of alarms per operator has gone up dramatically. Many Operators today are inundated with thousands of alarms on a daily basis, which is much higher than industry accepted guidelines. Too many alarms with little or no contextual information can hinder the operator’s ability to quickly distinguish the most critical alarms from the routine process alarms, thereby increasing the risks of potential plant damage or personal injury. As a matter of fact, alarm floods have been identified as one of the key contributing factors in a number of industrial incidents. Too many poorly prioritized alarms were one of the main reasons behind the 1994 explosion and fires at the Texaco Milford Haven refinery; operators had to analyze and address 275 alarms in the last 11 minutes before the explosion.