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Symbol of the Week – Smiley Indicators

This week’s symbol set shows not only how to use color to indicate status, but also how changing symbols can be used to indicate information. Some studies indicate about 10% of men are color blind. Show status not only with color but with symbols too. These symbols would be great for production monitoring (ANDON) systems or Business Intelligence Dashboards or for any status indicators. Continue reading

New FactoryTalk Conversion Brochure for InduSoft Web Studio

Download the FactoryTalk Conversion for InduSoft Web Studio Brochure

InduSoft’s Import Wizard for FactoryTalk™ allows you to convert a FactoryTalk SE or ME application into an InduSoft Web Studio project and get the full benefits of a cost-effective SCADA/HMI software solution. Free your process from hardware dependent software and make the change to a flexible and robust HMI/SCADA solution without completely redesigning your application. Import tags, screens, alarm configuration, and communication settings from your FactoryTalk projects. After converting applications, you can also edit and enhance them, leveraging any native feature of InduSoft Web Studio. The import wizard offers you a user-friendly, cost effective tool for importing your existing process into a platform that will grow and adapt with your system. Continue reading

InduSoft Web Studio Symbol of the Week: Security Panel

This week’s symbol for InduSoft Web Studio puts SCADA/HMI security options where they can be easily implemented and adjusted. This symbol offers a navigation button with security options and security information panel. This symbol for InduSoft Web Studio uses only native objects, for quick and easy implementation. Currently this symbol only supports users that are part of a single group. If a user belongs to multiple groups and you would like to use this symbol, please let us know and we can help you modify it to your needs. Continue reading

The History of CES and the Role of Consumer Electronics in Industrial Automation

This week’s CES in Las Vegas is a showcase for the electronics that may become a part of our increasingly intelligent and interconnected systems. This year, for example, has brought another wave of miniaturized computers that can be plugged into a TV or monitor, such as Intel’s Compute Card. While this is an exciting release for consumers, we may also rapidly see it in the automation industry, where it can provide easily implemented Andon solutions and OEE to large-formate LED screens. CES has seen the introduction of consumer and industrial drones, new displays, and new interfaces for interacting with machines (assuming any of what’s shown there takes hold). Continue reading

The State of Machine to Machine Communication in 2017

Machine to Machine communication (M2M) is the ability for one machine to communicate with another without human interaction between them. Such communication is the foundation on which the Internet of Things is meant to work, but the implementation of the necessary AI to power M2M communication has lagged behind promises. Continue reading

If Voice Control is the Future of Machine Interfaces, then What Does that Mean for Noisy Plants?

AI and machine interface experts have had much to say this year about how we will use our voices to interface with our machines in the coming years. They point to products like Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Amazon’s Echo … Continue reading