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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

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

The Internet of Robotic Things (IoRT) and InduSoft Web Studio

The Internet of Robotic Things, IoRT, is a term coined by ABI Research back in 2014 as a way of describing an Internet of Things connected architecture merged with the power of robotics to create advanced functionality and services for connected systems. Connected robots give intelligent devices the ability to manipulate the world around them, rather than simply sending and receiving passive data. The IoRT allows smart robotics to use local and distributed data to determine a course of action and then implement actions that non-robotic smart machines simply aren’t capable of. Continue reading

Using Redundant Runtime Servers and PLCs (a Hot-Backup Configuration) with InduSoft Web Studio

InduSoft Web Studio users sometimes wonder how to approach building a redundant or Hot-Backup configuration for their runtime server and PLCs. In our Sample Applications Download area, we have an application that demonstrates these principles. This week, we’ll look at how this application works, and what you’ll need in order to use the design properties in your own project. Continue reading