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Building a Rotating Indicator for Your InduSoft Web Studio Project

Sometimes an application calls for a rotating indicator, and this is especially true in some alternative energy or vehicle control applications. This can be a tricky indicator to build, since there is some detail needed in the instrument that is not obvious at first glance. Continue reading

How a Focus on the ‘Why’ of IIoT can Improve Connected Systems

It’s impossible to miss the countless articles that discuss the future of the Industrial Internet of Things, treating the idea that all our devices can and should be connected as a foregone conclusion. There is a barrage of figures to support the burgeoning industry – IIoT funding jumped 83% in 2015 (CBInsights)! China plans to invest $800 million into IIoT by 2015 (Accenture Strategy)! 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

InduSoft Symbol of the Week and Tutorial Video: 15 Minute Andon Application

This Andon tutorial can be used to set up a professional looking Andon digital signage application for InduSoft Web Studio in as less than 15 minutes.  This kind of application is ideal for digital signage, manufacturing dashboards, and production monitoring, and is accomplished very quickly using InduSoft Web Studio. Andon dashboards make it easy to monitor machine performance, line status or production values in real time, on a large screen. Use high definition (HD) monitors, or multi-monitor video walls and InduSoft Web Studio’s features to show production status many meters away. Applications like simple Andon dashboards can improve the efficiency of your production or ensure better quality with less waste by measuring machine key performance indicators. Continue reading

Open and Configure a Generic Faceplate Screen in InduSoft Web Studio

InduSoft Web Studio users occasionally want to leverage the power of Linked Symbols to build a generic object such as a custom motor control faceplate which may utilize a specific or several specific Linked Symbol Button(s). The problem with using the same linked button (for example) symbol in the faceplate is that all the mnemonics in the faceplate will have the same name (e.g., the custom properties for each object will be identical). Continue reading

InduSoft Symbol of the Week – LED LCD Displays

This week’s symbol makes for easily readable displays. This symbol set mimics the color combinations found in common LED and LCD displays.

These symbols will allow you to replicate the display that is on your flow meter, motion controller, counter, temperature controller or other type of device with ease. Continue reading

About Execution Modes in InduSoft Web Studio HMI Software

The first time you install InduSoft Web Studio on a computer, the product runs for forty (40) hours in Evaluation Mode. This evaluation period includes any time you run a product module (engineering or runtime). You can use this evaluation period continuously or not; for example, 10 hours a day for 4 days, or 5 hours a day for 8 days, or 10 hours a day for 3 days plus 5 hours a day for 2 days, and so on. Continue reading