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InduSoft Symbol of the Week and Tutorial Video: 15 Minute Andon Application

This Andon tutorial can be used to set up a professional looking Andon digital signage application for InduSoft Web Studio in as less than 15 minutes.  This kind of application is ideal for digital signage, manufacturing dashboards, and production monitoring, and is accomplished very quickly using InduSoft Web Studio. Andon dashboards make it easy to monitor machine performance, line status or production values in real time, on a large screen. Use high definition (HD) monitors, or multi-monitor video walls and InduSoft Web Studio’s features to show production status many meters away. Applications like simple Andon dashboards can improve the efficiency of your production or ensure better quality with less waste by measuring machine key performance indicators. Continue reading

Open and Configure a Generic Faceplate Screen in InduSoft Web Studio

InduSoft Web Studio users occasionally want to leverage the power of Linked Symbols to build a generic object such as a custom motor control faceplate which may utilize a specific or several specific Linked Symbol Button(s). The problem with using the same linked button (for example) symbol in the faceplate is that all the mnemonics in the faceplate will have the same name (e.g., the custom properties for each object will be identical). Continue reading

InduSoft Symbol of the Week – LED LCD Displays

This week’s symbol makes for easily readable displays. This symbol set mimics the color combinations found in common LED and LCD displays.

These symbols will allow you to replicate the display that is on your flow meter, motion controller, counter, temperature controller or other type of device with ease. Continue reading

About Execution Modes in InduSoft Web Studio HMI Software

The first time you install InduSoft Web Studio on a computer, the product runs for forty (40) hours in Evaluation Mode. This evaluation period includes any time you run a product module (engineering or runtime). You can use this evaluation period continuously or not; for example, 10 hours a day for 4 days, or 5 hours a day for 8 days, or 10 hours a day for 3 days plus 5 hours a day for 2 days, and so on. Continue reading

New Sample Application for InduSoft Web Studio: Pie Chart from the Custom Widgets Library

The custom widgets library, included in InduSoft Web Studio version 8.1 + SP1 (8.1.1), offers some great new tools for developing SCADA/HMI applications. One tool added in this service pack is an easy-to-configure pie chart tool. This sample application will … Continue reading

InduSoft Web Studio Symbol of the Week – Multicolor Slider

This week, we have an eye-catching multi-color slider that can be used for quickly evaluating values within a designated range. Perfect for industrial cooling and refrigeration applications, or any application that required monitoring values within a set range. Continue reading

Embracing Biomimicry when Developing HMI/SCADA Systems

This week we wanted to share a Ted talk given by science writer Janine Benyus, which offers some excellent insight on how to take cues from nature when designing systems. Biomimicry, or taking ideas from nature could pave the way to implementing new designs for waterproofing materials, using solar energy, or harnessing wind energy. Continue reading