Call us! 512-349-0334 or (877) INDUSOFT

History of Automation: May 27, 1969 – Disneyworld Begins Construction, Building Framework for Automated Cities

Today in 1969, construction began on a theme park project that is still ongoing and alive today on land purchased incrementally by Disney for the better part of a decade. Disney World included more space and attractions than Disneyland and also included parks, hotels, and picnic areas. Continue reading

History of Automation: This Week , Ethernet

In 1973, personal computers were slowly being adopted into offices and a few homes. With this wider adoption came a market for peripheral devices, such as printers. These devices required a way to send and receive data from a personal computer, and one solution for this problem was a network designed to communicate with these newly connected devices. In a memo dated May 22, Robert Metcalfe proposed a “multipoint data communications system Ethernet,” which is still the standard computer network in use today. Metcalf filed for a patent for Ethernet in 1977 along with co-creators of the protocol, and the patent was awarded to the Xerox Corporation. Continue reading

Trends in Automation: Portugal Runs for Four Consecutive Days on Renewable Energy Alone – It’s Time to Invest in Alternative Energy Solutions

Through data analysis from national energy network data, it was revealed that Portugal was able to meet its energy needs through renewable energy alone for four consecutive days. This zero-emission milestone is thanks to a combination of solar, wind, and hydro power that lasted for 107 hours. Continue reading

InduSoft Web Studio Symbol of the Week: Red/Yellow/Green Indicator

This week’s symbol is a simple indicator that allows you to quickly present clear information to machine operators.

This indicator shows one of 3 different conditions and allows for flexible labeling. This symbol can be used for Andon, production dashboards or any user interface. Continue reading

History of Automation: Elon Musk Makes History with First Hyperloop Demo and an Old Idea

On May 11, 2016, Hyperloop One, a project started by Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, held its first full-scale live demo. Hyperloop technology relies on pressurized capsules that make use of linear induction motors and air compressors to drive transportation pods on cushions of air. Continue reading

Trends in Automation: T. Boone Pickens on American Oil

Last week, Founder and chairman of BP Capital Management, T. Boone Pickens, conducted an interview with NPR in which he discusses the possible future of the oil industry in the United States. After making some alarming comments that oil production in the United States is “dead in the water,” he was quick to point out that he thinks the industry is on a down cycle that will pick back up again. Continue reading