Friday, July 31, 2015

What caused the increase in alarm notifications?

A guest blog post by Rob Kambach 

Alarm sub-systems serve a crucial function in the daily operation of a production or management process. In a normal mode of operation, these systems provide operators a snapshot of the current health of the equipment and overall process performance. However, if alarms are not carefully monitored, a crucial event could be missed with potentially damaging consequences. These damages might be felt environmentally and economically, adversely affect equipment, and potentially endanger lives.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Using Wonderware InTouch Machine Edition to Reduce Time-To-Market for Packaging Machines

Time-to-market is crucial for packaging machine builders due to the fast-paced nature of demand for packaging, changes in regulatory requirements, and rapidly developing technology. Reducing time to market is critical for the success of a packaging machine product line.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Stay connected with the Wonderware HMI/SCADA Times Newsletter

Have you ever tried to research news about Wonderware by Schneider Electric and found that there is so much to sift through? And, have you noticed that there are new stories coming out everyday?

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Are Gesture Based Inputs the Future of HMI and Embedded Machines?

The human hand is a wonder of anatomy. It is capable of precise and fine control, with pressure and texture sensitivity unrivaled by the capabilities of modern robotics. That’s why touch-based interfaces are growing increasingly popular as technology races to capture and quantify the information gathered by gesture, pressure, and touch.

Google Soli is a project announced at the 2015 Google I/O conference. Project Soli aims to incorporate the ability to capture gesture information and incorporate hand motions and signals into user interfaces for devices. While vision systems have already begun to make gesture-based interfaces possible,
Project Soli incorporates a new method for collecting data – radar.

HMI/SCADA Scalability Options Demystified

Automation and information systems represent a major investment for industrial businesses, both large and small. Long-term protection of that investment should be a significant consideration when selecting a partner and a system.      

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The challenges with the scalability of the current industrial software systems

The term “scalability” has been so overused in regard to industrial software systems that most users, integrators and decision makers are completely desensitized to its use. Those same individuals, however, care deeply about true scalability.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Meet the villains of your process alarm system

“Know your enemy and know yourself, and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.” 
- Sun Tzu (Chinese general and military strategist, c. 6th Century BCE)

Control room operators and system engineers fight their own battles on a daily basis to keep their plant operations in order. However, in many cases they do not have enough clarity and visibility into the problem areas of their SCADA alarm systemNuisance alarm identification and elimination is one such area that deserves some serious attention. In this blog I will talk about the villains of your SCADA alarm system – nuisance alarms.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Source Control for Wonderware InTouch Machine Edition Projects

Occasionally it’s necessary to add source control to a Wonderware InTouch Machine Edition project in order to begin workgroup collaboration and version tracking for that project. Here are some benefits and how to do this using Team Foundation Server:
  • Native revision control
  • Multi-user collaboration
  • Traceability (history of changes)
  • Security System (access control)
  • Multi-version comparison and merging options