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7 Concepts to Master for Success with Ignition 8 and Perspective

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. Programming in this environment is a lot like web programming, and devleopers will need to learn some new terminology and design approaches to take full advantage. Here are seven new concepts you will need to familiarize yourself with to get started with Perspective.

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Essential MES Tool #1: Overall Equipment Effectiveness

Until you achieve maximum production efficiency, continuous improvement should be an integral part of your business. With manufacturing execution system (MES) tools, you can bring efficiency to your organization through streamlined data flow, which will increase your production capacity without the capital expense. And, rather than embarking on continuous improvement initiatives that may or may not benefit your organization, you can use MES tools to show where your efforts will be best spent. This is the first post in a nine-part series that examines what we believe are the most essential MES tools to improve business performance.

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Seeq Data Analytics: Compressor Efficiency Example

We talk a lot about data and analytics in our industry today with the goal of finding and rooting out waste and inefficiency in our plants. Until recently, however, the benefits of big data have been limited to very large enterprises that can afford custom solutions. Seeq's data analytics package is changing all that with their reasonably priced, but very powerful data analytics tool. In this post, I walk you through the process of analyzing cooling system compressor efficiency using Seeq.

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Improved SCADA Data Integrity Using Store and Forward

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.

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Top 5 Blog Posts of 2018

Happy holidays to our fellow manufacturers, engineers, technicians, and managers! Many of you may have to work through the rest of December because, let’s face it, our industry stops for no holiday. To cheer you up during those relatively quiet work days, enjoy this top 5 compilation of our most popular articles of 2018:

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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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