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Supervisory Software is Critical Component in Sugar Cane Processing Efficiency

Brazil’s ethanol industry holds incredible potential as a renewable source of energy that has already proven itself as an economic and environmentally sound method of producing sugarcane based fuel. Unfortunately, the sector has met with challenges that were not anticipated ten years ago. A large increase in the global supply of oil, climate change, and economic instability have forced Brazil’s ethanol sector to search for technology that can offer a competitive advantage to petroleum based gasoline by making ethanol processing more efficient and cost effective. SCADA and HMI software that can increase the efficiency of ethanol production is one key solution for bridging the gap between petroleum and ethanol production cost, which enables sugarcane and ethanol processing facilities to meet market demands for production of biofuel at prices comparable to petroleum gasoline.

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Multi-touch Technology: Intuitive Functionality Advances Automation

Multi-touch HMI takes HMI visualization to the next level to improve performance, enhance safety and cut costs.

Most industrial automation and other manufacturing personnel are very familiar with multi-touch technology from their smartphones and tablets. Many work for companies that allow employees to use their personal mobile devices for work purposes, from checking emails to accessing corporate data. Now, multi-touch technology is making its way to the automation world through multi-touch Human Machine Interface (HMI) applications. 

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HMI Mobility

The benefits of remote access for manufacturing operations are widely known and accepted. This article details how modern SCADA systems are providing this access in a variety of ways to all manner of fixed and portable computing platforms and other devices.

Simple HMI systems have evolved into highly advanced SCADA solutions that provide key data to operators, engineers and plant managers from any location.

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Cloud Computing for SCADA

Moving all or part of SCADA applications to the cloud can cut costs significantly while dramatically increasing reliability and scalability.

Although cloud computing is becoming more common, it’s relatively new for SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) applications. Cloud computing provides convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources including networks, servers, storage, applications, and services. These resources can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.

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SCADA Systems Automate Electrical Distribution

PC-based supervisory control and data acquisition systems increase uptime, cut costs and improve utilization.

Electric utilities must meet increasing demand for reliable power distribution while coping with decreasing tolerance for disruptions and outages. More than ever, utilities are squeezed to do more with less, and recognize the need to improve the efficiency of their power generation and distribution systems

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InduSoft RealTime Performance Management

Performance Management Solutions Using InduSoft Web Studio

This paper discusses performance management systems and the benefits of implementing such solutions using InduSoft Web Studio and InduSoft RealTime Performance Management. Examples of industries currently using performance management systems include Food and Beverage SCADA, Chemical SCADA, Pulp and Paper SCADA, Water and Waste Water SCADA, Pharmaceutical SCADA, BioTech SCADA, Oil & Gas SCADA, and Power Generation SCADA.

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Mobile Devices and Your Business

Increasingly, businesses are relying on mobile devices to extend their ability to communicate internally and to stay in touch with customers and business partners. Very few companies, however, use these devices to extend their business reach and improve their business operations.

A market is emerging, however, that is quickly changing the current operational paradigm. Rather than limiting computing technology to manage, monitor, and report processes and trends, it is being extended to transform the way employees and organizations work.

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Security Issues with Distributed Web Applications

The number of connected nodes on the Internet and over intranets, continue to grow exponentially. Besides adding computers, we are entering a new phase where intelligent devices, I/Os, and factory-floor devices also are joining the PC network. New architectures now allow customers, suppliers, and end-users to integrate and share real-time information, which brings the issue of security back into question.

Security is always the biggest concern regarding distributed applications. As the number of connected devices increases, the number of external users increases. With added users, the need for security also grows exponentially. Security is not only important for corporate data, it is also extremely important for the control and manufacturing processes. With the advent of the virtual supply chain, in which manufacturers can share real-time data with their customers and their suppliers, security becomes a major concern.

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Using Internet Technologies to Create Web-Based HMI

The evolution of Web-based HMI has allowed real-time information from automation systems to be accessible to anyone in the corporation using technologies such as XML, SOAP, WML and XSL. These technologies can be used to implement Web-based HMI by providing:

  • Data interchange for standardized structured format (XML)
  • Standardized communications between applications (SOAP)
  • Ability to format XML to transcode data represented in XML into display
  • format for HTML and WML (XSL)
  • Standard for displaying on wireless devices (WML)

These various technologies offer interoperability using a flexible, open standard giving us new ways to access and deliver data. In industrial automation, these technologies will be the foundation for data exchange, manipulation, and transmission. The Web is the platform and these various technologies are the mechanism for pulling information together using

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Indusoft's use of XML and SOAP

EXtensible Markup Language (XML) offers interoperability using a flexible, open standard giving us new ways to access and deliver data. In industrial automation, XML will be a driving force in data exchange, manipulation, and transmission. XML in collaboration with HTML and SOAP will provide the foundation for Web-based Human Machine Interfaces.

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