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InduSoft Symbol of the Week – Stacked Bar Graph

This week’s symbol of the week is a great low-footprint graph for embedded machines or applications running on mobile devices. The stacked bar graph has a green, yellow, and red level, and developers can enter the lower percentage and upper percentage. These are the boundaries between green and yellow (LowerPercent) and yellow and red (UpperPercent) Continue reading

Tips for Designing Multitouch HMI Applications in InduSoft Web Studio

Designing a top-notch interface for a touch-screen panel PC involves some careful planning. In addition to designing an HMI that is easy to use and intuitive, developers should also bear the medium in mind. Touch-screen technology represents some unique challenges to interface design, but by paying attention to details such as the physical environment the workspace and by adding in a margin of error, developers can design truly effective HMIs for touch-screen PCs. Continue reading

Using InduSoft Web Studio to Reduce Time-To-Market for Packaging Machines

Time-to-market is crucial for packaging machine builders due to the fast-paced nature of demand for packaging, changes in regulatory requirements, and rapidly developing technology. Reducing time to market is critical for the success of a packaging machine product line.

One key way to reduce time to market is to begin with flexible HMI software. Here are some important factors to consider when choosing your HMI software platform for your machines: Continue reading

The Right to Repair Debate Machine Builders Should Consider

The “Right to Repair” movement is building steam throughout several countries, with proposed legislation that would give customers the ability to repair broken equipment without voiding warranties or being prevented via software or hardware blocks that prevent tampering. Companies such as Apple are facing the backlash of this movement with hardware specifically designed to prevent unauthorized repairs. Continue reading

Modifying Linked Symbols to Add a Challenge Screen or Message Box in InduSoft Web Studio

InduSoft Web Studio users sometimes ask how to modify a linked symbol in order to add a popup dialog that challenges the current operation or state, such as turning a pump on or off. Most commonly, a developer or engineer will simply create the automation outside of the control requiring another screen and an external script in order to add the the functionality to the object. This is not a very good solution, especially when there is a need to use this symbol in a number of other projects. The reason is that the solution does not move with the copied linked symbol to the new project. All the added screen(s) and external automation must also be added to each new project, and object troubleshooting later on can become troublesome, among other problems. Continue reading

Happy Pi Day from InduSoft Web Studio!

Pi, often referenced as the Greek letter π, is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. In 2009, the bill H.RES.224 was resolved and passed that supported the designation of March 14 (3/14 or 3.14) as “National Pi Day”. This bill recognized the continued importance of the National Science Foundation’s math and science education programs. Continue reading