Thursday, March 31, 2016

Live Demo - InTouch Machine Edition Web Thin Client

The InTouch Machine Edition Web Thin Client is a powerful tool for getting access to HMI applications designed in InTouch Machine Edition remotely. The web thin client is especially valuable to plant managers who wish to view a process while in an office or using a smartphone or PDA. OEMs may also benefit from providing a web thin client for use in viewing the HMIs used in equipment.

What Devices Run the Web Thin Client?

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

IoTView HMI integration to Wonderware Online Historian or an external SQL Relational Database

There are many applications where one may consider connecting IoTView embedded HMI to a relational database or Wonderware Online. This include physically dispersed applications in the infrastructure industry,  smart cities applications or  even traffic light controls system and farming smart irrigation systems to name a few.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Top issues in Smart Cities needed to be addressed in order to facilitate improvement of services

Complex legacy city infrastructures present an obstacle for cities struggling to provide better service to their citizens. Government spending patterns demonstrate a tendency to focus on IT while operational technology is overlooked.This blog posts examines key issues that need to be addressed in order to facilitate improvement of city services. Future ones will review possible solutions and ways to reduce costs, optimize investments, mitigate emerging staffing crises, and enables a more resilient, efficient city.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Driving business value with smart connected assets

A guest blog by Don Clark and Dr. Peter Martin

Automation systems and technologies exist to drive improved value for industrial operations and businesses in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. New trends in automation should be evaluated on two levels – the technological level and the functional level. The technological level deals with the impact of technological advancements on the technology and topology of the automation platform. The functional level deals with the incremental functionality that can be delivered on the automation platform to improve operational and business value.The IIoT movement provides significant transformation at both levels, with the net impact being a significant increase in the value industrial companies derive from automation.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Major trends that support the proliferation of smart machines

A guest blog by Dr. Rainer Beudert, Marketing Director, Machine  Solutions

The smart machine concept has a number of key enablers (from the technology perspective) and drivers (from the end user and market perspective). The combination of both will lead to machines that are safe, secure, self-aware, flexible and capable of meeting demands from both end users and consumers. The integration of internet connected devices, adoption of automated components and processes, and access to real-time production data, will  empower end users to migrate to smarter machines. As production benefits in terms of cost reduction, reduced downtime, quality, and throughput, are achieved and competitive advantage gained, so the drive to smarter machines will quicken and expand into a broader spectrum of industries.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Technological elements leading the IIoT evolution

A guest blog by Eric Farrugia, VP Strategic Marketing, Industrial Controls & Drives

IIoT is blurring the boundaries between physical and virtual objects. This is giving way to more flexible models of accessing process and machine data – bypassing rigid automation architectures and accessing user-friendly, mobile systems based on Internet standards. While generating and collecting data is an important aspect of IIoT, this alone will not enable manufacturers to realize the full benefit of IIoT – there are other components to   consider:

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

At what levels of automation should the IIoT be implemented?

This blog post focuses on the IIoT impact on automation architectures.
Information driven architectures
As smart manufacturing enterprises start implementing smart enterprise control and asset performance systems managed by augmented operators, automation vendors will respond by implementing IIoT at all levels of the automation hierarchy. This will allow easy integration with next generation IIoT systems. In addition, with the increasing power of embedded electronics, connected intelligence will migrate down to the lower levels of the automation hierarchy – to the control level and to the sensors and actuators. As a result, operations technology (OT) systems will merge with information technology (IT) systems and the automation hierarchy will evolve to be a much flatter and more information-driven   architecture. Since the future implications of this are still unclear, the technologies and architectures employed must be flexible, adaptable to change and capable of integrating with legacy systems. The monolithic, single-source, hierarchical approaches and architectures of the past will not work in the  future.

The information-driven topology is shown below.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Top 3 barriers that the IIoT systems will need to overcome to be widely adopted across manufacturing industries

Several barriers will need to be overcome before next generation IIoT systems are widely adopted across manufacturing industries. This blog posts covers the top 3, that include the establishment of industry standards around IIoT, cyber security protection, and workforce adaptation to new sets of skills.

Friday, March 18, 2016

3 operational environments for smart manufacturing enterprise to emerge from the IIoT

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is not about ripping out current automation systems in order to replace them with new ones. The potential lies in the ability to link automation systems with enterprise planning, scheduling and product lifecycle systems.

This next several blog posts analyses how the linkage that can be implemented across the complete enterprise value chain in order to enable greater business control. Experts also offer perspectives regarding key aspects of IIoT deployment. First let’s take a look at three distinct operational environments will set the stage for the smart manufacturing enterprise to emerge.

The emergence of the IIoT megatrend has created both hope and confusion among stakeholders responsible for operating industrial plants. Much of the early hype is focused on the impact of technological advancements on existing automation  platforms.

          Figure 1 Holistic enterprise control breaks down enterprise silos and facilitates better business control.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Connecting Automation Systems to the IoT via HMIs

Many Human Machine Interface (HMI) software solutions enable IoT connectivity in a variety of ways. Here’s a look at how to do it, along with instructions for configuring an HMI.
Machine builders are connecting their automation systems to the Internet of Things (IoT), and many Human Machine Interface (HMI) software solutions enable IoT connectivity in a variety of ways. Whether IoT implementations are via a local network or a private, hybrid, or public cloud, proper security is critical, as is the selection of the right HMI software.

HMI software has evolved in form, capabilities, characteristics, expectations, and purpose. While providing a graphical interface for local operators and the process are the leading HMI requirements, modern HMI software based on open standards goes way beyond this basic functionality to provide many other features.

Monday, March 14, 2016

How to Establish the Connection Between InTouch Machine Edition and Wonderware Online Historian

This blog article covers the steps recommended to establish a connection between InTouch Machine Edition HMI to Wonderware Online Historian

Application Versions
  • InTouch Machine Edition 2014 R2 (v 8.0 Patch 2) and later
  • Wonderware Online:
Infrastructure (physically dispersed applications), Smart Cities (city light  controls system), Water & Waste Water, IIoT, OEM applications, Food & Beverage, Mining

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Wonderware Alarm Adviser Wins Control Engineering 2016 Engineers’ Choice Award

Category: Software — Alarm Management

Control Engineering, part of CFE Media, awarded products in 27 categories of control, instrumentation, and automation products introduced during 2015. The winners were chosen by Control Engineering’s print and online subscribers.

Alarm Adviser

The award winning alarm management software from Schneider Electric – Wonderware Alarm Adviser – is a scalable web-based alarm analysis software that helps customers discover nuisance alarms in the process system through interactive visual analysis. It allows engineers to quickly analyze alarm patterns and identify nuisance alarms that can lead to operator distractions. Alarm Adviser provides users the actionable intelligence to identify everything that is wrong with an alarm system and the ability to eliminate bad actors. It also provides the tools necessary to achieve continuous improvement in your SCADA alarm system. With Alarm Adviser, users can achieve measurable improvements in their existing alarm system and reduce operator overload to allow them to focus on wider business benefits.