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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

Hardkey or Softkey? What you need to know about InduSoft Web Studio License Keys

There are two types of license keys for the InduSoft Web Studio HMI SCADA software. Hardkeys and Softkeys. The type of key you’re given will depend on how you intend to use your SCADA software, and whether you want to develop applications, or merely run them in industrial machines. Continue reading

Developing a Plan for Updating Legacy Systems

The case for and against legacy systems

It’s not uncommon for SCADA and HMI systems to run to the point of failure, but is that really the best way to ensure future growth and stability? It’s time for companies to evaluate how much their legacy systems may be costing them in terms of reduced productivity and long-term stability. It’s entirely possible to update legacy HMI and SCADA projects to better, more stable software, without undoing all the hard work of designing the system in the first place.  Continue reading

InduSoft Web Studio Symbol of the Week: Simple Minimal Symbols

These are minimal, simple, easy-to-understand symbols for InduSoft Web Studio SCADA/HMI software. For the bar graph and sliders there are 2 variations, with and without a scale. The clocks are 12 hour with AM/PM, and one displays the day of the week. The Push button is only momentary. You can change the on/off text (OnLabel/OffLabel) for the Push Button and Pilot Light. 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