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Monday, April 30, 2012

InduSoft eNews for April 2012

InduSoft April Newsletter

Introducing InduSoft Web Studio v7.1!

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InduSoft is proud to announce the upcoming release of the newest version of the award winning, fully-featured HMI/SCADA software InduSoft Web Studio v7.1! This new version brings with it plenty of additional features and tools that will allow you to create powerful SCADA and HMI applications that keep you ahead of the curve, and offer reliability and scalability for future growth.

There are great features to look forward to in the newest version of our SCADA/HMI software, including:

An enhanced Mobile Access Client -Get process data anywhere and everywhere! InduSoft Web Studio's SMA client can be used on any browser to display alarms, trends, and critical tag values. Now, with the enhanced SMA, InduSoft adds easy-to-read widgets with an intuitive interface for configuration and navigation on browsers such as iOS Safari and Android.

Enhanced Mobile Access has been validated with the following browsers:

Android: 2.3.6 (with Native Browser and with Dolphin Browser v7.3.0)iOS: 4.3.3 (Safari Browser)Google Chrome: 18.0.1025.162m (Recommended)Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16421Safari: 5.1.5

The original Studio Mobile Access also included with InduSoft Web Studio v7.1 functions on any web browser, for critical data right at your fingertips.

InduSoft Collaboration Server and ALM (Application Lifecycle Management)- Compare any configuration file or merge changes from multiple developers. The collaboration server offers support for Source Control and interaction with the Microsoft Team Foundation Server, allowing Application Lifecycle Management.

*The Collaboration Server tool is an optional add-on product to the standard InduSoft Web Studio package.

InduSoft Web Studio

InduSoft Web Studio™ is a comprehensive platform that includes all the tools you'll need to make SCADA and HMI applications that have real power behind them. This HMI, SCADA and OEE/Dashboard development software was specifically designed to offer a variety of configurations to deploy your application anywhere. InduSoft Web Studio supports all Windows runtime platforms, ranging from Windows CE, Windows XP, Windows XP Embedded, Vista, Windows Server and Windows 7 (including 32 and 64 bit), along with built-in support for local or remote (web) based visualization. Build powerful graphical displays,and take advantage of the 240+ available communication drivers for all major PLC products. InduSoft Web Studio includes OPC UA, OPC.NET and OPC Classic (HDA and DA), trends, alarms, reports, recipes and built-in SQL database support as standard features.


InduSoft Webinars

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Free Webinar:Energy Management with InduSoft Web Studio

InduSoft Web Studio SCADA software includes all the tools you need to build SCADA applications with energy management dashboards. Join InduSoft and Noble Conservation Solutions for more information on how to include energy management solutions in your SCADA and HMI applications. This Webinar will include:

  • Tips and tricks for incorporating energy management dashboards in your SCADA/HMI applications using InduSoft Web Studio, as well as a look at case studies and applications that implement EMS functionality.
  • Discussion with Tom Ellingson of Noble Conservation Solutions on the tools they use to create energy management solutions.
  • A Q&A Session: Bring us your questions about energy management using InduSoft Web Studio.

Date and Times - May 9th at 8:00 AM CST, and 3:00 PM CST

 

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Free Webinar:An Introduction to InduSoft Web Studio V 7.1

InduSoft has improved its inclusive all-in-one SCADA software! Soon, we will be releasing InduSoft Web Studio v7.1! Join us for an in-depth look at the enhancements we've made to InduSoft Web Studio, and learn what's new in InduSoft Web Studio v7.1 prior to launch! The webinar will cover topics such as:

  • New features and tools in InduSoft Web Studio v7.1
  • The ease with which applications may be updated to the new version, and how you can make use of new tools available to you
  • A Q&A session to address questions about this exciting new version of our SCADA software

*All users who purchased InduSoft Web Studio v7.0 from January 1, 2012 to release of v7.1 will receive an upgrade to InduSoft Web Studio v7.1 at no charge

Date and Times - May 23rd at 8:00 AM CST, and 3:00 PM CST

 


Ask the InduSoft Expert

InduSoft Web Studio expert offers some tips and tricks!

Tip 1: Print Setup

InduSoft includes a function called PrintSetup() that opens a standard Windows printsetup dialog that a user can use to select a printer and change printer options. If youdo not need to change any options, then you can change the Windows default printerusing VBScript without having to make the user click through a printer setup dialog.Assuming your printer is called HP Color LaserJet 3600, then this VBScriptwould make it the default,

 

          Dim WSHNetwork
         Set WSHNetwork = CreateObject("WScript.Network")
          WSHNetwork.SetDefaultPrinter "HP Color LaserJet 3600"
          Set WSHNetwork = Nothing

 

If you do this a lot, then you can create a named Procedure and use it instead. Create a Procedure that looks like this,

 

          Sub SetDefaultPrinter(name)
               Dim WSHNetwork
               Set WSHNetwork = CreateObject("WScript.Network")
               WSHNetwork.SetDefaultPrinter name
               Set WSHNetwork = Nothing
          EndSub

 

Then whenever you want to change the default printer you would simply addthis to your project VBScript,

SetDefaultPrinter("HP Color LaserJet 3600")

 

Tip 2: Using InduSoft with TwinCAT

Typically, when users want to run InduSoft whenever a Windows machine is restarted, they place the InduSoft Web Studio runtime in the Startup folder of the default Windows users. When usingInduSoft Web Studio to communicate with a TwinCAT, however, it is important to make sure thatTwinCat is running and ready to accept connections before starting the InduSoft Web Studio runtime. Therefore, it is recommended that you not start InduSoft from the Startup folder. Instead, it isrecommended that you start InduSoft from within TwinCAT using a Function Block calledNT_StartProcess. You can learn more about NT_StartProcess in the TwinCAT documentation, but I want to point outthree input variables that are important for starting the InduSoft runtime: PATHSTR, DIRNAME , COMNDLINE. PATHSTR is a string that contains the full path to the application that is to be run. DIRNAME is a string that contains the name of the working directory of the application that is to be executed. COMNDLINE is a string that contains any command line parameters required by the application. Presuming that your project file is called MyProject.APP in the Windows folder called C:\InduSoft\MyProject and InduSoft Web Studio is installed in C:\Program Files\InduSoft Web Studiov7.0, then you would set these input variables as follows,

 

PATHSTR   'C:\Program Files\InduSoft Web Studio v7.0\Bin\RunStartUp.exe'
DIRNAME   'C:\InduSoft\MyProject'
COMNDLINE 'C:\InduSoft\MyProject\MyProject.APP'

This will launch the program called C:\Program Files\InduSoft Web Studio v7.0\Bin\RunStartUp.exe with one command line argument called C:\InduSoft\MyProject\MyProject.APP from the folder called C:\InduSoft\MyProject. If you call the Function Block called NT_StartProcess with these input variables after TwinCAT is running and ready to accept connections, then this will ensure that InduSoft will start and successfully communicate with TwinCAT.

 


InduSoft Events

FEEAI - Feira Eletro-Eletrônica e Automação Industrial

17-20 April, 2012

Joinville, SC, Brazil

 

SUCRONOR - IV MostraSucroenergética do Nordeste

24-27 April, 2012

Recife, PE, Brazil

 

Hannover Messe 2012

23 - 27 April 2012

Hannover, Germany

Hall 9, Stand A15

 

OPC Day Europe 2012

16 May 2012

Basil, Switzerland


New InduSoft Videos

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New InduSoft Webinar Videos!

Newly added are:

  • OPC Webinar
  • Machine Builder Webinar
  • Trending Webinar
  • Detention Webinar
  • VBScript Webinar
  • Water/Wastewater Webinar

View the videos from the previous webinars here

InduSoft Web Studio

Tips and Tricks 2 Video

  1. Creating a multi screen application (header, main, navigation)
  2. Using the "Layout" feature
  3. Trend:
    • Copying Points worksheet
    • Copying/Pasting Points Using Excel
    • Drag and drop using HST2TXT.exe
    • Custom Rotation Animation point


New Case Studies

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'Validator' Ensures Quality Control for Plastic Injection Machines

Schlemmer Associates develops a monitoring application to alert plastic injection machine operators to potential quality issues immediately.


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Creating the Building Automation System for One of Indonesia's Largest Shopping Centers

Designing and implementing the building automation system for the Karawaci Supermal was a success, thanks to MOSCADS and their InduSoft Web Studio solution.

A Better SCADA System for Textile Machines Helps The Turkish Textile Industry Stay CompetitiveInduSoft case study

Enmos helps Turkish textile company, Ekoten Textile, develop a better HMI/SCADA system to monitor costs and improve the product.


New InduSoft Partners

InduSoft Certified System Integrators:

Modern Hydraulic Systems (MHS)We provide service and support for customers in the field of industrial automation including the development and implementation of SCADA/HMI integration. Since we cover a region with a lot of oil industries, we think that SCADA/HMI can be utilized and benefit our customers for data collection, monitoring and control. We, at MHS, currently service and support our customers in the field of motion control including servo, pneumatic and hydraulic.

KASI Automationworks in the domain of:*INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION *BUILDING AUTOMATION *INVESTMENT ENGENEERING *DEVELOPMENT OF A SPECIALIZED SYSTEMATIC AND APPLIED SOFTWARE -Development, design and implementation of systems for automation of production . Configuration, programming, testing and commissioning of PLC and SCADA systems. Training, maintenance and upgrade of systems.-Engineering and constructing systems for optimizing the energy costs. Systems for remote menagemant of the consumption.-System integration and consulting - programmable controllers, field bus , protocol converters, SCADA, OPC data exchange between automation systems and database systems for business management.-Repair and modernization of equipment, hardware and software upgrades. Our aim is to offer customers contemporary solutions and quality implementations of the undertaken commitments, using the experience of the whole company and of the professionals working in "KASI Automation" Ltd.

Electrical Dealeris a benchmark company in the field of Electrical Material Supply, Construction and Automation. With more than 10 years of experience and specialization in services and solutions that respond to the specific needs of Medium and Large Business Organizations, Public Institutions and Electrical Power Generating Companies.

AUVAis a well organized ISO 9001-2008 certified company, specializing in sales and marketing of various international brands in the field of electrical equipment and services.AUVA is Pioneer as provider of choice for "Innovative Power System Solutions" covering the fields of Design & Engineering Coordination, Supply/Procurement, Installation, Testing & Commissioning, and after Sales Services for Electrical Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Systems for Electric Utilities, Oil & Gas, and Industrial Sectors.AUVA has a Network of offices in Riyadh, Dammam, Jeddah and AlKhafji established to provide complete coverage of the entire region.

 

InduSoft Distributors:

Bax Engineering GmbHis a measurement, controls, and automation company that has been in business for over 22 years with extensive experiences in process and manufacturing automation processes.

Bax Engineering GmbH specializes in safety-relevant equipment and applications for highly regulated industries, such as food and drug, the air industry, power generation, and facility management.

Bax does not develop SCADA systems, but works as a distributor with a wide range of system support as a system integrator, working on projects from field instrumentation to SCADA automation, to installation and after sales services.

According to Rüdiger Bax, "Bax Engineering has experience with InduSoft as a very customer oriented company that offers an advanced development platform for SCADA applications. InduSoft employs the same philosophy implemented in the vision of Bax Engineering: Customer oriented, high reliability and stable products and solutions, as well as high ethical standards across our business practices. This all will allow us to support our customers in a wide range of industries."

 

New InduSoft Certified Hardware:

InduSoft has certified two new CONTEC PCs to run InduSoft Web Studio. InduSoft's hardware certification program is an excellent way to verify that hardware purchased will run InduSoft Web Studio applications. Hardware certification can also be beneficial to industrial PC manufactures who wish to ship HMI/SCADA-ready hardware. This month, InduSoft has certified the following:

PCs from CONTEC

IPC-BX995-DC500- This is a fanless embedded PC running Windows XP Embedded. This device has been certified to support InduSoft Web Studio and EmbeddedView v7.0 + SP1 + Patch 2

PT-955HX-DC500- This is a fanless panel computer with a Windows Embedded 7 operating system. This device supports InduSoft Web Studio and EmbeddedView v7.0 + SP1 + Patch 2.

PC From CCS

LPC-1203-270-B2R -This is a fanless embedded PC running Microsoft Embedded Standard SP1 (Based on Win7 32Bit). This device has been certified to support InduSoft Web Studio and EmbeddedView v7.0 + SP1 + Patch 2