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
Check out Roger’s latest Seeq video demonstrating predictive maintenance for a reverse osmosis train. Roger uses linear regression on real (not simulated) RO normalized flow data to predict a timeframe for the next membrane cleaning. This same solution can be used to adjust pre-treatment chemical feeds by monitoring the rate at which the membranes are fowling. Enjoy.Read More
As discussed in the first post in our nine-part series on manufacturing execution system (MES) tools, manufacturers can use MES tools to better understand where their optimization efforts will be best spent. This post focuses on downtime tracking, which can help you see not only when a machine is unavailable, but why it is not running.Read More
Successful automation projects provide increased value by improving operations, safety, or quality; reducing costs; or directly increasing profitability. The investment made to achieve one or more of these goals can be significant, and that investment will only pay off if the project is successful.Read More
We often see requirements for backup PLCs in specifications as clients understandably aim to improve their control system reliability. Adding a redundant controller can be a good choice as part of a holistic approach to system availability and reliability. When specifically addressing PLC failures as a cause of system downtime, here are a few tips to keep in mind: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