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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

Building an Hour Meter in InduSoft Web Studio HMI Software

Have you ever needed an Hour Meter for a piece of equipment? Here’s a pre-built Hour Meter Linked Symbol for InduSoft Web Studio that you can add to your SCADA or HIM application. The Hour Meter displays elapsed time in 1/100 Hour increments (36 Seconds) up to 99999 Hours (around 11 ½ years) and has an indicator to show when it’s running (Figure 1). Continue reading

Embracing Biomimicry when Developing HMI/SCADA Systems

This week we wanted to share a Ted talk given by science writer Janine Benyus, which offers some excellent insight on how to take cues from nature when designing systems. Biomimicry, or taking ideas from nature could pave the way to implementing new designs for waterproofing materials, using solar energy, or harnessing wind energy. Continue reading

Updated Drivers for InduSoft Web Studio

InduSoft Web Studio offers over 240 native drivers for every major manufacturer of PLC and controller. These drivers are frequently updated to offer better, more secure connections to the hardware employed in SCADA/HMI systems. Here are some of the recent additions and changes to the InduSoft Driver list: Continue reading

It’s Pi Day Again! Check out the built-in Pi function of InduSoft Web Studio

In celebration of Pi Day, InduSoft would like to highlight Pi.

Pi, often referenced as the Greek letter π, is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter

InduSoft Web Studio has a built in function Pi(). It easily returns the value 3.141593 so you don’t have to remember it. Continue reading

Finding the Automation Employees of the Future

It’s easy to focus on the technology of global industrial automation, but it’s important to remember that people will power the innovations and developments of the future. This week we are taking a look at some of the ways that the changing workforce may affect automation, and how employers can align their values with these trends to find the best employees for the next generation of automation. Continue reading

The Growing Demand for Business Intelligence from HMI/SCADA

The rapid growth of cloud computing, big data, and IoT communications have changed the landscape for SCADA/HMI systems. Where once it was acceptable only to monitor and control process, the capabilities for interconnected systems have increased demand for multi-purpose data. … Continue reading

How Are Driver Messages Prioritized and Sent in InduSoft Web Studio?

The way that Driver Task Messages are placed into the Driver Messages Queue in InduSoft Web Studio SCADA software depends on two factors: Timestamp and Priority.

Messages with higher priority are executed before messages with lower priority, regardless of their Timestamps (time when the messages were triggered). Messages with the same priority are executed according to their timestamp, in a FIFO (First In, First Out) manner. Continue reading

Security Notification and Mitigation Strategies for Meltdown and Spectre

Meltdown and Spectre refer to three different vulnerabilities found in computer chips for both desktop and handheld devices. These vulnerabilities effect the way processors use speculative computation to complete tasks, and may give malware a way to access critical data within the system. Operating systems have already begun releasing patches, and no known exploits have been noted in the wild, but it’s still a good idea to be aware of the situation and make certain that all updates to operating systems and software have been installed.  Continue reading