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InduSoft Web Studio Symbol of the Week: In-Vehicle Cab HMI

Most on or off-road vehicles include computers that both automate critical vehicle functions and allow operators to receive diagnostics that help offer predictive and necessary maintenance or correct problems that have occurred within the vehicle. This is true for cars, all-terrain vehicles, motorized boats, automated vehicles and drones, and even some vehicles designed for specific operations such as mining or agriculture. Continue reading

Trends in Automation: Robotics Experts Warn that Automated Vehicles Aren’t Quite Ready for Widespread Use

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee recently held a hearing to discuss the readiness of U.S. roads and drivers for automated vehicles. The response from robotics experts was optimistic, but qualified. Missy Cummings, engineering professor and human-factors expert at Duke University, argues that self-driving cars are not ready for widespread deployment. Continue reading

History of Automation: First Offshore Oil Rig

In the wake of WWII and war in Korea, the importance of meeting demands for oil supply was abundantly clear. As a response to this demand, the first seagoing oil drill rig was launched in 1955. The rig was backed by US company C.G. Glasscock Drilling Co. and was built by Bethlehem Steel. This rig, designed for drilling in water over 100 feet deep, could drive piles with a force of 827 tons, and pull a pile with the force of 942 tons. Continue reading

Better SCADA/HMI Software helps Building Automation Projects reach Key Sustainability Goals

There are many incentives and motivations driving the push toward sustainable buildings. Green building or LEED certification, a drive toward environmental stewardship, or better efficiency and cost reduction of energy use are all valid reasons to work toward buildings with a low carbon footprint. According to a recent USGBC report, the green building materials market is expected to reach $234 billion by 2019. According to the report, “Today, there are nearly 75,000 commercial projects participating in LEED across the globe, with 1.85 million square feet of building space becoming LEED-certified every day.” Continue reading

History of Automation: The March 11th Tohoku Earthquake and What it Means for Nuclear Energy

Today marks the 5th anniversary of the devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami that claimed over 15,000 lives and destroyed many towns and villages on Japan’s coast. The damage also caused the nuclear plant in Fukushima to experience meltdown, and the cleanup efforts of this disaster are still underway. Continue reading

Trends in Automation: Sony Invites Users to ‘Try the Future First’ with new Future Lab Program

One trend InduSoft has consistently noticed over the past ten years is the narrowing gap between consumer technology and industrial automation technology. That’s why it’s more important than ever for engineers and HMI/SCADA application developers to understand the kinds of devices that will be entering the market, and how those devices may create demand for interoperability with SCADA/HMI systems. We have already seen smartphones, tablets, smart watches, and other portable devices become integrated with industrial automation. Sony’s new initiative may be a way to understand the demands of future users, and to have the capabilities ready for them when they enter the workforce. Continue reading

History of Automation: The first Machine Patent in the New World, March 1646

“The Cort, considering the necessity of raising such manufactures of engines of mils to go by water, for speedy dispatch of much worke with few hands, & being sufficiently informed of the ability of the petions to pforme such workes, grant his petition (yt no othr pson shall set up or use any such new invention or trade for fourteen yeares, without the licence of him, the said Joseph Jenkes” Continue reading

Industrial Automation Security: Cyber-Attack Against Ukrainian Critical Infrastructure (And How to Prevent Similar Breaches)

This week, we thought that our readers might be interested in looking closer at the critical infrastructure attack against the Ukrainian Power Distribution Facilities Oblenergos, and hearing more information on how such attacks can be mitigated. Continue reading