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Vote Now! InduSoft Web Studio is a Finalist in the Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Awards

 InduSoft Web Studio has consistently won awards for SCADA software, HMI software, and exceptional products and support. InduSoft won the Control Engineering Engineer’s Choice award in 2017 and 2016 for outstanding HMI software.  Continue reading

InduSoft Web Studio 8.1 Service Pack Two Available for Download

InduSoft web Studio version 8.1 + SP2 is out and ready to download! This new version of InduSoft HMI/SCADA software brings some great new features and robust cybersecurity enhancements to offer you the best version of InduSoft Web Studio yet! Continue reading

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

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

Using X, Y, and Z Axis Control and Display in InduSoft Web Studio

In a previous blog, we demonstrated how to build a rotating indicator display in InduSoft Web Studio. This week, we’ll take that control and add a third axis to the application in order to address operational considerations and instrument display for 3 physical dimensions, and discuss addressing more than 3 axes. 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