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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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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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A Unique Approach to SCADA System Alarm Management

Alarm management is an old topic that has probably been addressed thousands of times over the years. The holy grail of SCADA system alarm management is a system that pinpoints the exact cause of a problem no matter how much hell has broken loose on the plant floor. The problem is that when one thing goes wrong, lots of other things tend to go wrong, and the operator is left looking for a needle in a flaming haystack. There has to be a better way!

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Creating the Ultimate SCADA System for Solar Energy

Solar energy is a growing segment of the energy sector, but actually executing a utility-scale solar power plant can present many challenges for a traditional SCADA system. A typical solar power plant contains thousands of connected devices from a variety of vendors dispersed across a large geographical area – which can be a potential nightmare for operations and maintenance to quickly identify and correct any issues.

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Vertech featured in Control Magazine article on SCADA software

A Control magazine article titled "Scada reflects and reinvents" discusses the future of SCADA software and how concepts like IIOT, big data, and cloud computing are changing the face of the industry. Vertech's work creating an award winning centralized monitoring system for the solar industry was featured. Several SCADA software platforms are discussed along with viewpoints from these organizations on where the industry is headed.

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Integrating WinCC OA SCADA software with Yammer

In a recent post we showed how to connect WinCC OA SCADA software to Slack. One reader asked if it was also possible to connect to Yammer, which is a similar collaboration too from Microsoft. As the reader stated so well, "Sometimes we just have to use the tool we have, not the best one." So to help make the most of a bad situation (just kidding) for this person, here is a follow-up post explaining the basics of connecting WinCC OA to Yammer.

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Integrating WinCC OA SCADA software with Slack

Slack has become one of the most widely used collaboration tools in the world today. Slack has made its mark in part by functioning as an information hub for users through integrating to hundreds of other applications. So why not integrate Slack with your industrial manufacturing plant software or SCADA system? Here's how to do it with the WinCC OA SCADA software from Siemens.

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Web Development Technology for SCADA Systems

Manufacturing operations personnel and developers of SCADA systems are increasingly being asked to implement components of web-based architectures, and many SCADA software providers are integrating this technology into their platforms. Whatever your role in the process, it’s a necessity to understand the basic architecture and terminology for web technology components in modern automation systems. This is an admittedly broad topic, so we’ll focus just on visualization tools here.

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Reducing Energy Consumption with a Distributed SCADA System

The Adelanto Public Utility Authority in Adelanto, CA wanted to participate in the local clean power plan (CPP) that incentivizes the reduction of energy usage during periods of high grid demand. However, this was a challenge since the utility did not have a system-wide supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system for its three reservoirs and 22 pumps. Thus, the utility company engaged in a project with Vertech to connect all of its sites to a central SCADA and provide controls to automatically load-shed during CPP events. 

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