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
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
Inductive Automation’s long-anticipated Ignition 8 is slated to be released in the upcoming weeks. One of its many awesome new features is the introduction of the Perspective module which creates a seamless browser-based user experience using HTML5. This new front end allows for responsive screen design that will adjust automatically to a monitor, tablet, or a mobile screen as needed.Read More
Our clients put a lot of money into protecting their process data. It’s pretty standard to protect data with redundant data historians, and data collection infrastructure frequently employs technology like redundant network rings to improve reliability. Distributed assets like well heads and pump stations that rely on wireless networks add an additional challenge for reliable data collection. Store and forward systems are a great way to limit or even eliminate data loss when network connections are spotty or unreliable.Read More
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.Read More
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:Read More
The MQTT protocol is rapidly being adopted as a reliable, efficient protocol in modern industrial data collection applications. MQTT uses a variety of techniques to provide highly efficient use of bandwidth to collect data from a wide range of sources and then make that data available to interested subscribers. Cirrus Link Solutions provides various modules for Inductive Automation Ignition enabling applications to take advantage of this protocol for building IIoT and SCADA applications.Read More
There are two independent web development type modules in Ignition that allow one to host a custom API or web page on a web server directly from Ignition – the WebDev module by Inductive Automation and the Web Services module by Sepasoft. Both of these modules allow external systems (ERP, SAP, DBs, etc.) to interact with Ignition, which can be used as a central hub for bidirectional data processing for these systems. The two main classes of web services are REST (Representational State Transfer) and SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol). REST is available through both modules and can utilize JSON and XML data formats, while SOAP is available only through the Web Services module and only utilizes XML data formats.Read More