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SCADA Software or Industrial Data Platform?

For decades now, SCADA software has been an indispensable monitoring, control, and diagnostic tool for plant operators. SCADA software has almost entirely replaced mimic panels, push-button stations, circular chart recorders, and the like, and most plants would not operate for long without it. As the evolution continues, modern SCADA platforms are uniquely positioned to transition beyond the plant floor to center stage as the Industrial Data Platform for digital manufacturing enterprises.

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Tips for Using Python in Ignition SCADA Software

Python is a popular high-level programming language known for its readability and performance. Typically, when you code in Python, you’re using the standard Python implementation – CPython – which is simply Python written in C. When scripting in the Ignition SCADA software by Inductive Automation however, you’re actually using Jython – a flavor of Python that runs in the Java Virtual Machine. With Jython come a few tips that you should know. 

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Integrating Slack with WinCC OA SCADA Software

In a previous post, I shared a method to send data from the Siemens WinCC OA SCADA software package to the Slack messaging service. I then thought about how cool it would be to do the same thing but to send messages from Slack to WinCC OA.  Using a bi-directional connection, WinCC OA can push things like event notifications, periodic production information, or maintenance requests to Slack, and then recipients can acknowledge receipt and take action. This could even be used for alarm acknowledgement, and that's the use case I'll focus on in this post.

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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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