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Using InduSoft Web Studio 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.

One key way to reduce time to market is to begin with flexible HMI software. Here are some important factors to consider when choosing your HMI software platform for your machines: Continue reading

The Right to Repair Debate Machine Builders Should Consider

The “Right to Repair” movement is building steam throughout several countries, with proposed legislation that would give customers the ability to repair broken equipment without voiding warranties or being prevented via software or hardware blocks that prevent tampering. Companies such as Apple are facing the backlash of this movement with hardware specifically designed to prevent unauthorized repairs. Continue reading

Google Glass has found its Niche on the Factory Floor

When Google Glass debuted in 2013, it was aimed squarely at the consumer market. It was marketed as a way to quickly take videos and snap photos or learn more about your surroundings with early augmented reality heads up displays. It never quite found a market among consumers, unfortunately, and was discontinued. Continue reading

Modifying Linked Symbols to Add a Challenge Screen or Message Box in InduSoft Web Studio

InduSoft Web Studio users sometimes ask how to modify a linked symbol in order to add a popup dialog that challenges the current operation or state, such as turning a pump on or off. Most commonly, a developer or engineer will simply create the automation outside of the control requiring another screen and an external script in order to add the the functionality to the object. This is not a very good solution, especially when there is a need to use this symbol in a number of other projects. The reason is that the solution does not move with the copied linked symbol to the new project. All the added screen(s) and external automation must also be added to each new project, and object troubleshooting later on can become troublesome, among other problems. Continue reading

Happy Pi Day from InduSoft Web Studio!

Pi, often referenced as the Greek letter π, is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. In 2009, the bill H.RES.224 was resolved and passed that supported the designation of March 14 (3/14 or 3.14) as “National Pi Day”. This bill recognized the continued importance of the National Science Foundation’s math and science education programs. Continue reading

Living, Dead (and Undead) Zero Day Exploits, and What They Mean for Industrial Control Systems

Zero Days exploits are vulnerabilities that exist within software that have not been patched or fixed publicly. These vulnerabilities are an attractive target for hackers, who can typically create an exploit within 22 days of finding a Zero Day. As … Continue reading

InduSoft Web Studio Symbol of the Week: Indicator with Limits

This week’s symbol for InduSoft Web Studio offers a clear display with limit indication. If either the High or Low limits are reached a yellow triangle with exclamation point will become visible and the top title bar. The tag property for Unit must be set if the units are to show below the value. Continue reading

InduSoft at the Schneider Electric Software Sales and Marketing Conference

Every year, Schneider Electric Software holds a sales and marketing conference with the goal of allowing product distributors and sales channels to learn more about the products offered by Schneider Electric Software. InduSoft Web Studio was represented at the event … Continue reading