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Handling Binary Large Objects (BLOBs) in MS SQL Server Using the InduSoft Web Studio Database Gateway (StADOSvr.exe)

InduSoft Web Studio users sometimes need to handle SCADA or HMI data that are stored in formats which are outside of the ranges of InduSoft Web Studio tag types. InduSoft Web Studio handles Integer, Real, Boolean, and String. However, in some cases, data records are simply image files stored in a database in “Image” or “Large Binary” column format, and this data won’t map to any of the InduSoft Web Studio tag types. Continue reading

InduSoft Web Studio Symbol of the Week: Minimalistic Gauge and Tips for Designing a Minimalistic Interface

As a complement to our previous collection of minimalistic high contrast designs for InduSoft Web Studio, we’re introducing new minimalist SCADA/HMI symbols this week. These symbols are ideally suited to embedded HMIs, and designed to be easy to read on small displays. More importantly, this stylistic approach to interface design is a trend we expect to grow as more manufacturers embrace “smart” technology. Minimalist designs are already becoming prevalent in devices such a smart watches, because the high contrast and minimally designed graphic elements make the information the key focal point of the screen, but still offer enough visual elements to read it quickly. Continue reading

Food, Beverage, and Pharmaceutical Safety Standards in SCADA/HMI Applications

Food safety is a growing concern in both developed and emerging markets. With the increased capabilities within SCADA/HMI platforms for reports, traceability, and environmental control procedures, food, beverage, and pharmaceutical safety regulations can now be met with a greater degree of accuracy and quality control. Continue reading

The History of OEE in Modern Manufacturing

OEE first entered the modern lexicon in the late 60s. The term OEE, or Overall Equipment Effectiveness was introduced by Seiichi Nakajima at Nippon Denso. OEE served as a key metric in TPM (Total Productive Maintenance). TPM was described by Nakajima as “a plant improvement methodology, which enables continuous and rapid improvement of the manufacturing process through the use of employee involvement, employee empowerment and closed-loop measurement of results.” Continue reading

New InduSoft Web Studio Case Study: MES Sigma Automates OEE in Peru

OEE, or Overall Equipment Effectiveness is a valuable set of metrics that explain how well a machine, process, or a plant is operating. OEE is an index that is calculated by measuring Key Performance Indicators (KPI). These indicators include metrics such as Availability, Performance, and Quality. Availability measures how often a machine is online and producing. Performance measures the rate or speed of production. Quality is a measure of how many nonconforming units are produced during production. Continue reading

InduSoft Watches: Zero Days

This week, InduSoft employees got together to watch Zero Days, a documentary film from Alex Gibney that explores the origins and implications of the Stuxnet virus, which specifically targeted control systems and PLCs, and has played a huge role in alerting the industry to the need for additional cybersecurity measures in control systems. Continue reading