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The History of Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)

Hydraulic Fracturing, or Fracking, has a much longer history than many might assume. In fact, versions of the technique date back to the United States Civil War, specifically, April 25, 1865. Today, fracking represents about 30% of oil and natural gas reserves in the United States. This represents seven billion barrels of recoverable oil, and 600 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in large shale deposits such as the Bakken shale. Continue reading

How to Increase the Shelf-Life of your HMI/SCADA Application

Whether you are beginning work on a new system or retrofitting an old one, it’s important to consider how well the software it operates on and how well the application itself will adapt to change. A lack of long-term thinking can leave business stuck with a SCADA/HMI software platform that requires frequent redesigns to incorporate new technology or expensive investments to replace obsolete software. Continue reading

A History of MQTT – Protocols for IIoT Applications

The Internet of Things requires disparate systems and device-level components to speak to one another seamlessly. However, this level of communication between so many different possible combinations of hardware has been a major challenge to the adoption of Internet of Things (IIoT) architectures. One protocol, MQTT is aiming to become the new standard in IoT and IIoT applications. Let’s look at how MQTT got started: Continue reading

How to Download and License the InduSoft Web Studio Educational Version

The educational version of InduSoft Web Studio SCADA software is available for students, teachers, educational facilities, and researchers to use in order to teach or learn the capabilities of SCADA and HMI software. InduSoft is providing licenses for the educational version of InduSoft Web Studio, a fully featured version of the award winning SCADA/HMI development platform. Continue reading

The difference between SCADA and HMI – Making Sense of the Automation Acronyms

Are HMI and SCADA related to each other? How?

HMI and SCADA two terms for distinct industrial automation interfaces. HMIs are subsets or components of a SCADA system. Additionally, a DCS or Distributed Control System is very similar to a SCADA system, and may also use one or more HMIs as well. All these components are classes of, or describe parts of, an ICS or Industrial Control System, which is the general description of Automation. In modern control systems, there is a great deal of overlapping technology and functionality between these two classes of ICSs. Continue reading

Anyone Remember Relays? A Brief History of the PLC

Programmable Logic Controllers, or PLCs have existed since the 1960s. Before the PLC, the main source of machine control used a method or relay switches and controls for those relay switches. These systems could be incredibly cumbersome, and like a string of decorative lights, often stopped working if one switch wasn’t functioning properly. As a result there was a huge dedication of time toward troubleshooting and maintenance. Continue reading

How Food Packaging Plays an Integral Role in Food Safety

With National Food Safety month in full swing, and Pack Expo 2016 on the way, InduSoft is exploring how best practices for food and beverage packaging can improve food safety outcomes globally. Generally food quality takes priority when it comes to food safety regulation, but storage of food and beverage product and ingredients and their packaging can play just as key a role in maintaining the integrity and safety of food products.

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