Tuesday, June 30, 2015

InTouch Panel PCs Overview in under 5 minutes

In this video, Brian Leonard, Product Manager, Wonderware Industrial Computers, covers the features of InTouch Panel PCs,Series D, that is designed to allow organizations to break free from proprietary hardware and functionally weak graphic interfaces. Interchangeable across both product series (Standard and Premium) enables standardization on one common and powerful visualization interface for machine level applications and supervisory Human Machine Interface (HMI). 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Five Display Trends that will Be Coming to Embedded Machines Soon

The world of industrial automation is increasingly taking cues from the world of commercial technology design. As engineers develop their skills in a world surrounded by familiar interfaces and virtual representation of analog components it’s easier than ever to incorporate UI and display elements from the devices we use every day. Industrial automation has already incorporated smart devices like tablets and smartphones and taken SCADA and HMI to the cloud. Here are a few trends we’re seeing now that may play a role in how we interact with our smart embedded systems in years to come.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Saving Your InTouch Machine Edition Alarm History or Event Log to an External Database

By default, your Wonderware InTouch Machine Edition HMI project’s alarm history and event log are saved to proprietary-format text files in your project’s Alarms folder. However, you can change your project settings to save them to an external SQL database instead.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A brief history of Intelligent Embedded Systems

A few decades ago, each machine or process was controlled locally and individually, creating what was called “islands of automation”. Human-Machine Interfaces (HMIs) – formerly known as Man-Machine Interfaces (MMIs) – had a purely operational focus, and no ability to communicate with one another, or share information to a broader system.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Benefits of Including an Embedded HMI

In many machines, the standard way to access and communicate with a machine revolves around either an isolated, single-purpose interface with limited functionality, or a more robust, but less convenient PC-based SCADA system that not only required an industrial PC, but a separate monitor to interface with it.
As connectivity becomes easier and cheaper, and as embedded operating systems have grown robust enough to support small-footprint HMI software such as Wonderware InTouch Machine Edition, it’s possible to have the benefits of a PC-based HMI with advanced monitoring and control capabilities directly on a machine.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions about Microsoft IIS and Web Thin Clients on Wonderware InTouch Machine Edition

There have been a few questions that have come up in regards to web services and web connectivity for Wonderware InTouch Machine Edition. We’d like to address three common questions here.

Q:  Is it possible to install IIS on Windows Embedded Standard or Windows Embedded Compact (WindowsCE)?
A:  The Windows Embedded Standard Operating System should include IIS. However, it is important to note that this must be done on the Windows Embedded Standard Operating System. The panel should include IIS as a pre-installation, as it is not practical for an end user to install IIS on a Windows Embedded machine once it has been configured.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Take Steps to Avoid Liability for Cybersecurity Threats

The hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment not only resulted in huge losses of data, but it revealed how poorly that data was protected. Now, employees who had their identities exposed as a result of the hack have banded together. A U.S. district court judge has given them approval to sue Sony Pictures Entertainment for their poor protection of personal information.
While this case may not have any immediate legal effects on how companies store and guard data, it does serve as a wakeup call for industries that are complacent about taking the steps necessary to protect critical information. 
                                                                                                                                                                      Image Credit: blog.schneider-electric.com    

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Optimize Configurations of Wonderware InTouch Machine Edition and Wonderware Historian for Improved Data Collection

If you work in an industrial facility, it is often difficult to find the detailed data needed to solve a problem or improve a process. Even operators with access to real-time data streaming in from control and automation systems often struggle to understand problems that they are observing. Why is this the case?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Making use of the Power of Big Data with Wonderware InTouch Machine Edition and Wonderware Historian

Data without context can be more of a hindrance than a useful tool when it comes to embedded automation. With many devices collecting and sending data, there are more available data points and potential opportunities for optimization. If these opportunities aren’t utilized, however, the result is a ‘smart’ system that doesn’t actually provide much intelligence. Without the means to aggregate, merge, view, trend, and analyze data, the resulting information is just noise that can lead to contradictory conclusions.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Reduce the energy consumption of manufactured equipment

A New Compressor Management System Dramatically Cuts Energy Consumption for Compressed Air Production

The market surveys related to the Motor Challenger initiative revealed that, in Italy, as much as 12 TWh electricity are absorbed to supply power to compressors in the industry. This represents 11% of total energy consumption for production processes on a national scale.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

An integrated approach to Support, Services and Maintenance delivers greater business value than the sum of its parts

Every company needs to assess the risk to their business if a particular system were to have problems; what the impact of that problem would be, and what is the opportunity to not only resolve problems, but also to prevent them from happening in the first place. That means investing in technical support services that ensure that parts are available for hardware and that software updates and fixes are installed and that help is available when needed. Support services can also help achieve operational performance goals year after year. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Support is More than “Just Insurance”

Thinking Outside the Box – An 
Opportunity for Synergy

Most operations struggle to maintain an effective balance between support, maintenance and 
improvement services resulting in conflicts for capital expenditure and operating budgets and an “either – or” mindset. But, by taking a more holistic view, and focusing on the common goal, there is an opportunity to integrate these efforts to drive longer term business value.

Friday, June 5, 2015

9 challenges in industrial operations and how they may impact the bottom line

The End Result – Less than Optimal Performance

If your company is like most companies, maintaining the performance of your production operation often seems like a losing battle. Whether your goal is to increase productivity, or just do more with less, you might consider yourself lucky if you can sustain the same performance levels as last year, let alone achieve any kind of improvement.

The reasons vary from company to company and industry to industry, but most organizations share some common challenges:

Thursday, June 4, 2015

4 key goals successful industrial operations focus on

Bringing a production facility online represents a huge investment. It typically takes years of planning, design, construction and finally, you move into operating the plant. Whether your operation has been running for 20 years or is about to start up, you face the ongoing challenge to achieve the highest returns possible on that investment. Once you have the initial bugs worked out and achieve the goals of targeted productivity, efficiency, quality and performance, how do you sustain high performance, or improve it?