At a conference I attended recently for the water industry, a fellow attendee asked a panel how to implement some basic cyber security at his water plant with essentially no budget. I loved the honesty of the question, and I posed it to a couple of our in-house industrial cyber security experts when I got back to the office. Here are eight no-cost recommendations they provided for shoring up your industrial network security.Read More
Are you as impatient for Christmas to come down your chimney as us? Because we can’t wait, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas in July! Here at Vertech we are ready for the winter weather and our biggest office party of the year! Some of our activities include food, drinks, our secret Santa gift exchange, recognition awards, end of the year slide show and party jams. In the video below you’ll be able to hear different opinions of the annual office party and view last year's photos. Enjoy!Read More
For 30 years, Weber Metals has been a major supplier of aluminum and titanium forgings within the aerospace industry. Having such a large operation makes collecting real-time, accurate data imperative to operations. To help Weber Metals achieve this, Vertech integrated all existing PLCs to a supervisory PLC and SCADA software that provided central trending and the ability to report actionable data for the entire site.
Now is the time for water utilities and municipalities to get serious about their network security. Cyber attacks are the top threat to critical infrastructure in the United States. In an effort to secure our nation’s critical infrastructure, the United States government passed the Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. This act mandates every community water system serving 3,300+ people to assess their network for risk and prove the resilience of their system in protecting against cyber threats and the deadlines are approaching.Read More
In the oil and gas industry, data collection occurs across many devices which can be miles apart. With such a large geographical area, receiving real time data and alerts is imperative. Collecting data from geographically distributed assets is challenging, but well fields that have been built out over years pose additional challenges to data collection with control systems from different manufacturers and eras. This case study looks at the development of an enterprise SCADA system using Ignition 8.0 and the Perspective module to centralize data from well-field assets.Read More
Unit testing has long been the standard practice in the world of software development and it’s easy to see why. Unit testing is the practice where individual ‘Units’ of code are tested to make sure they act as suspected. With the ever-evolving world of software and constant updates being made to most software products it is more important than ever to be able to test specific ‘Units’ of the code to make sure that recent updates did not have adverse effects on other portions of the code.Read More
In the previous two blogs in this nine-part series, we’ve discussed some of the high-level manufacturing execution system (MES) tools for better understanding productivity problems – overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and downtime tracking. Both of these MES tools generate a lot of data, which brings up the next important question when it comes to implementing MES solutions in your organization – how do you handle this excess of information?Read More
The industrial automation industry is behind the times.
Every year more and more people are abandoning traditional computing for more convenient and user-friendly options. We at Vertech understand that and we want to give operators a sense of pride and accomplishment and managers the customization options to best help their productivity.
The industrial automation industry is behind the times- but not for long. Vertech is proud to announce Vertech Freemium™ a new SCADA for the modern world.Read More
All of us in the OT world understand that cyber security is a big deal. Doing something about it has been a challenge, however. The relationship between IT and OT has long been documented as a difficult one, but manufacturing and critical infrastructure enterprises are rapidly acknowledging the need to work together to protect networks, data, and production.Read More