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When Industrial Automation Intersects Video Games

As long as there have been computers we’ve been finding ways to turn software into entertainment. The result of the innovation poured into creating video games has resulted in interesting ways to interact with and use our machines that are being applied to industrial settings. Here we’ve explored a few of the ways that industrial automation and modern video games have borrowed from and intersected with one another, and how video games may offer clues about what we can expect from industrial software in the future. Continue reading

IoT is Expanding Faster than Security Can Keep Up – That Doesn’t Mean Complacency is Acceptable

IoT has truly hit the consumer sphere, and it’s not unreasonable to expect that plants and industrial automation as a whole will soon be incorporating elements of the consumer IoT in the form of camera, motion sensors, thermostats, and more. Whether industrial or consumer grade, it’s rapidly becoming an expectation that the devices we use will be connected to the internet, and that the data they collect will make them more helpful to us. 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

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

Handling Binary Large Objects (BLOBs) in MS SQL Server Using the InduSoft Web Studio Database Gateway (StADOSvr.exe)

InduSoft Web Studio users sometimes need to handle SCADA or HMI data that are stored in formats which are outside of the ranges of InduSoft Web Studio tag types. InduSoft Web Studio handles Integer, Real, Boolean, and String. However, in some cases, data records are simply image files stored in a database in “Image” or “Large Binary” column format, and this data won’t map to any of the InduSoft Web Studio tag types. Continue reading

Updated Drivers for InduSoft Web Studio SCADA/HMI Projects

InduSoft Web Studio offers over 250 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