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SCADA System Telemetry Network Transformation

Like any SCADA system component, radio telemetry networks age and eventually need an upgrade. The Town of Queen Creek in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area was faced with this eventuality when their rapid growth exceeded the capability of their existing 900MHz radio telemetry network. They needed new radio infrastructure that could provide reliable, high-speed connections to their existing sites, provide expansion capacity, and allow integration of video at remote sites.

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Three Consequences of Procrastinating a Control System Upgrade

Your production facility is an income-producing asset – this is where you get products to market and where profits are made or lost. Your control system is the brains of that asset, and it’s critically important to keep that brain as sharp and up-to-date as possible. Failing to give your control system much needed TLC over its lifetime will eventually come back to haunt you. Here are three potential consequences to consider.

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5 Techniques to Mitigate Risk During Your Control System Upgrade

Has maintaining your outdated control system become increasingly difficult, time consuming, and costly? It may be time for an upgrade. Control system upgrades come with some inherent risks of disruption and downtime, but there are steps you can take to mitigate as much risk as possible during the upgrade. Let’s briefly examine five common risk mitigation strategies our engineers at Vertech employ to help ensure a smooth migration.

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VerBrewHaus Nano-Brewery is Online!

We are excited to announce that our in-house nano-brewery, “VerBrewHaus” is now operational! Our team finished up programming the Siemens S7-1500 processor and Inductive Automation Ignition HMI in late March, and we produced our first batch of beer a couple of weeks later. This was a true team effort with programmers, shop technicians, and admin team members all working together to make this possible.

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Making Control System Upgrades Manageable Through Planning

Aging control systems often suffer from lost documentation, lack of support, limited availability of parts, poor performance, and a general loss of efficiency. For every organization struggling with their outdated control systems, there comes a point when you can no longer avoid the discussion around maintaining versus upgrading.

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5 Steps to Getting Started with Manufacturing Intelligence

In the current age of information, organizations of all kinds are increasingly collecting and analyzing large amounts of data on everything from production information to client buying behavior and preferences. These data sets are big. Very, very big. And that’s the scientific reason we call them “big data.” More technically, big data is any high-volume, high-velocity, and high-variety informational asset.

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Teamwork

Teamwork. One of Vertech’s core values and a focus for the company in 2018. Everyone knows teamwork is important, the sum is greater than its parts, two heads are better than one; But why do we believe in it so much? There are many advantages to making sure the workplace is filled with a big, happy team. Science has linked general happiness in life to our interactions and connections to other human beings. Happier people = happier place to work. So here are a few key benefits teamwork brings to the office:

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5 Design Considerations for Edge Computing

In the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) world, there’s been a lot of buzz around edge computing and its practical applications. Industrial automation systems are naturally edge computing solutions due to reliability and speed requirements. Automation systems can be viewed as "things" in the IIOT. For those architecting enterprise analytics or MES systems, however, the decision of where to locate data collection and analysis resources in a network architecture gets a little more gray.

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Building a SCADA System for Georgia Power’s 416 Acre Solar Field

When it comes to a power-plant-scale solar field, there are a lot of pieces that need to be integrated and communicate with each other, including inverters, trackers, soil monitoring stations, meteorological stations, substation power meters, and relays. The challenge is doing all of this with a single supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system that is user-friendly so that maintenance and operations groups can easily use it and provide long-term operational support.

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5 Tips to Improve Ignition SCADA Performance

In addition to a great software platform, a SCADA system requires a solid hardware and network architecture to be high performing in a particular application. Without proper application, you might open up Task Manager to find that the 16 GB of RAM on your new computer suddenly feels like 16 MB. When developing a system using Ignition SCADA software from Inductive Automation, you may encounter performance issues depending on the type of hardware you're using and how your system is set up. Here are a few configuration tips to transform a sluggish SCADA into a fast and responsive system.

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