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Vertech 2018 FedEx Day

24 hours. One project. One company. This year, Vertech held its first FedEx Day. What is FedEx day you ask? It’s an opportunity to deliver in 24 hours, just like FedEx does, except we delivered awesome projects, not packages. Twelve teams across our three offices kicked off their projects at 9am on Thursday morning and presented their projects to the rest of the company beginning at 9am on Friday, and they did not disappoint. From the official VerApp to a completely automated coffee brewing system, to beer, we delivered.

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5 Practical Steps for Successful IT/OT Convergence

In today’s manufacturing world, businesses are rapidly adapting smart manufacturing and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology that amass valuable data from all aspects of the organization for faster, smarter decision making. According to the Industrial Ethernet Book, “by 2020 there will be an estimated 20.8 billion devices in the IoT, and more than 30 billion devices will be wireless connected.” However, this digital transformation also means that the line between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) is blurring more and more with every passing every year.

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Vertech: A Great Example of an Inductive Automation Premier Integrator

At Inductive Automation, we’ve helped to change the status quo for control systems by helping our industrial customers accelerate the process of digitizing their factories and enterprises. However, we credit a large part of our success to a worldwide community of expert system integrators who have leveraged the Ignition platform to solve control system challenges for their clients. Our company’s integration roots run deep: Our founder and CEO Steve Hechtman worked as an integrator for a quarter of a century, and the pain points he encountered led him to develop a better solution, eventually culminating in the launch of the Ignition industrial application platform.

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Vertech Welcomes Ken Hackler

Vertech is pleased to announce the hiring of our newest executive team member, Ken Hackler, as Director of Operations. Hackler’s direct involvement with executive operations management in the control systems integration business brings invaluable insight and perspective to the Vertech team as we enter a new phase in our growth.

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Recorded 4.9 GHz SCADA Telemetry Networks Webinar Now Available

If you missed our Webinar last week around creating fast, reliable municipal telemetry networks using the FCC-licensed 4.9 GHz band, the recorded session is now available. During this Webinar, leaders from Siemens and Vertech discuss how municipalities can take advantage of the licensed 4.9 GHz frequency band. 

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6 Tips to Delivering a Successful MES Project

A successful MES project has the potential to deliver huge efficiency improvements that can boost production and save money. Critical steps along the way such as how you plan your project, map your process, leverage actionable information, and design your user experience can make or break the success of your project. Here are six strategies you can put into action right now to improve your MES implementation.

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Choosing the Right Industrial Data Analytics Tool

Most manufacturing organizations have data in process historians or more traditional databases that can provide significant insights if analyzed with the right tools. Software tools that specialize in reporting, dashboarding, analytics, and/or visualization can provide valuable information to improve operational efficiency in manufacturing and processing environments.

There are a myriad of tools available today for industrial analytics. Some of these tools come from traditional automation software providers, but many come from companies that we are more used to seeing in the office. Here are a few products we have run across that provide an idea of what is out there, and hopefully will provide a starting point for further exploration.

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Live Webinar: Fast, Reliable Municipal Telemetry Networks Using the FCC-Licensed 4.9 GHz Band

Establishing reliable communication links to lift stations, booster pumps, water tanks, and other remote locations is a must-have requirement for IT and communication engineers in the water/wastewater market. Just about every water district is leveraging the 900 GHz band for this communication – and they aren’t the only ones – resulting in a saturated network and poor connectivity. There’s a better way.

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Understanding PID Loop Process Control – Part 2

Part 1 of this series introduced the concepts of Proportional (P), Integral (I), and Derivative (D) terms in a PID loop to automatically control a process so that it can react to unforeseen changes. The changes can be either in the Process Variable (PV) or Setpoint (SP) and it is brought under control by altering the Control Variable (CV). In this blog post we will explore the role played by each term using simplified examples and basic arithmetic.

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Ignition Community Conference 2018

If you missed the Ignition Community Conference (ICC) last week, you missed a great one! Vertech was well represented from all three of our offices, and we all enjoyed hearing how others are using Ignition, watching the Travis vs. Kevin buildathon (#TeamTravis), and enjoying some after hours refreshment at the Fat Rabbit Public House. Chris McLaughlin's presentation giving tips for successful MES implementations was very well received. Most of all we were excited to learn about the new features in the long-awaited Ignition 8.0 release and the new Perspective visualization module. Here are four new features we think topped the list this year:

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