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Creating Key Indicators for Multiple Applications in InduSoft Web Studio

In some industries, it’s not uncommon to have several different SCADA applications running simultaneously on different licenses of the SCADA software. While extrapolating data from each of these individually is no problem, it can be an additional challenge to compile data from all the applications into one source. Here are some options for compiling key indicators from multiple applications into one easily viewable format. Continue reading

Using SCADA software and Process Monitoring to Save Money and Make a Better Product

Process monitoring, SCADA, Data acquisition tools – regardless of what you call these tools, it’s possible to add oversight to nearly any process by taking advantage of them. Using a SCADA application, it’s possible to do a huge variety of necessary functions, such as scan product for defects, detect errors, alert machine operators to potential problems, or even manage the temperature of buildings and record who enters or leaves the building. There are literally thousands of ways to make a better product or offer a more stable and productive service using the oversight and data collection offered by a powerful SCADA system. Here are just a few of the ways that a SCADA system can pay for itself: Continue reading

The InduSoft Commitment to Service

When making plans for a SCADA system that will be used to create simple OEE dashboards, to a huge project designed to monitor hundreds of machines at once, it’s important to take some simple things into account in order to save time and headaches down the road. One of the criteria for a good SCADA software developer should include efficient use of development time. The best way to achieve the maximum use of time spent in development of a supervisory project is to choose a development platform that enables quick configuration and deployment. InduSoft Web Studio’s Rapid Application Configuration Environment is just one way that InduSoft is committed to helping users get their projects up and running as quickly as possible. Continue reading

What You Need To Know When Developing or Installing a Customized SCADA Solution

There is a wealth of information available on a plant floor, but for that information to be useful to managers and supervisors, it’s imperative that it be compiled and visualized in such a way that it is easily accessible and quickly understood. Machine operators, plant managers, and even executives can make real-time decisions based on current information and trends that detail everything from current productivity of the plant as a whole, or that of individual units in the entire system. SCADA systems are increasingly vital in staying competitive in the current automation environment. Continue reading

Plan Ahead for Changes to your Operating System

Did you know that there are still 300 million users of the Microsoft Windows XP operating system in use today? XP is still a common operating system used in netbooks, laptops, and desktop computers. Many still use this operating system because it is stable and has a familiar graphic interface, but Windows XP is not destined to stick around forever. Continue reading

Setting SCADA Standards – Build a SCADA System that Grows With Your Process

When planning and developing a new SCADA system, it’s important to put into place standards that will ensure that the project can be easily and efficiently changed when new hardware, software, or additional elements to monitor require an adjustment in the system. The best way to develop standards for a new SCADA system is to start with a flexible SCADA software solution that will allow engineers to be flexible. While it may be tempting to choose a software based around a series of hardware that will form the crux of the system, it’s important to make sure that new elements can be incorporated efficiently, and that the system isn’t locked into a series of hardware that may become obsolete within a few years. Continue reading

Five Questions to Ask in Finding a Qualified System Integrator for Your SCADA System

Whether you have plans to update and existing SCADA system or develop an entirely new solution for your process, it’s important to work with knowledgeable and qualified system integrators. Making a good decision when choosing your integrator will help ensure that the project is done quickly and within the budget. Efficiency and skill at making intuitive interfaces can make all the difference in a SCADA system, especially one being built from the ground up. Here are some important things to look at when choosing a system integrator for a SCADA solution: Continue reading

System Level Redundancy in the InduSoft Web Studio SCADA Software

System level redundancy is an important aspect of any healthy SCADA system, especially if thin clients are being utilized. System level redundancy is simply an extension of a Thick Client application, combined with some Script (e.g. VBScript in a Background Script) along with the Scheduler. To implement System-level redundancy (of IWS Servers), you will need two or more IWS Servers with identical applications. To illustrate how this works, consider the following: Continue reading

Did you know that InduSoft Web Studio SCADA software includes over 50 Pre-built communication examples?

We have made it easy for you! There are some special tools available on the CD of InduSoft Web Studio that licensed users have access to. Are you taking advantage of the 57 communication examples IWS makes available in the SCADA software CD set? These communication examples are now available on the website, along with the SCADA software download of IWS. You can click here for the SCADA software communication examples. Continue reading

Remote SCADA Systems : The Structure of a Wireless SCADA Setup

There are countless ways to set up a SCADA system (supervisory control and data acquisition system), and many ways in which this setup can be made portable or remote, regardless of the complexity of the networked hardware. Vast manufacturing plants can be monitored from a central headquarters, or even while traveling. This is very useful for operations that necessitate multiple or remote sites. Where facilities used to have a team of people monitoring equipment, now there may only be one or two responsible individuals. Continue reading