HMIs/SCADA/operator interfaces

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Independent SCADA as a tool for integration

(05/10/2020)
Martyn Williams explains the role of SCADA software in smart factories and argues that hardware-independent software is essential for making the transition to Industry 4.0.
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Cloud solutions enable remote work productivity, without replacing SCADA

(04/08/2020)
Eric Fidler offers advice on how to use SCADA to best advantage, and the way it’s meant to be used.
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Protecting your PLC systems from security threats

(12/05/2020)
While increasing connectivity can offer significant benefits it can also increase the cybersecurity risk to control. Steve Ward explains further.


Archive

  1. 10/02/2020 SCADA goes on a transformation journey

    Christian Nomine explores the changing requirements for both SCADA software and HMI systems across the manufacturing and processing sectors as the importance of collecting, storing and analysing data grows.

  2. 04/01/2020 5G: A game changer for plant control and process automation?

    Carl Nash examines the use case for 5G in a SCADA context – looking at how it can pave the way for increased performance and greater functionality in plant automation, with simpler implementation than traditional wireless networks. 

  3. 29/10/2019 Data gathering from disparate PLCs

    Find out how a medical appliance manufacturer cost-effectively solved a data gathering headache in a factory full of multiple branded devices.

  4. 30/10/2018 To cloud or not to cloud?

    Martyn Williams explains how today’s large scale data acquisition requires new methods of storage, and why the security requirements of cloud-based systems are so complex.

  5. 21/02/2017 SCADA and the cloud: a perfect partnership?

    Suzanne Gill reports on the changing role of SCADA systems as we enter the era of smart manufacturing and IIoT.

  6. 10/01/2017 Making alarming improvements

    Find out how Interconnector UK solved a two-way remote alarm management challenge on a bi-directional gas pipeline.

  7. 06/12/2016 SCADA’s role in optimising production

    Brigitte Händler discusses the requirements for a SCADA system in an age of digitisation.

  8. 27/06/2016 Device convergence in the industrial space

    Ben Savage explores the advantages and disadvantages of converged devices for industrial applications and offers advice on what specifiers should be looking for.

  9. 13/04/2016 Mobile devices - Taking things slowly

    Suzanne Gill reports on the use of mobile devices in industrial applications. It appears to be a slow-burn technology on the plant floor and there are some hurdles that need to be overcome before mobile devices become more widely used.

  10. 08/12/2015 Future-proofing your HMIs

    It is important to ensure that HMIs have the capability to work with devices and platforms being used to implement the IoT and Industry 4.0, says Fabio Terezinho.

  11. 03/03/2015 Visualising the control room of the future

    Many control room engineers are working in an uncomfortable environment with outdated equipment. Tightening margins and higher production targets further add to the pressure on them and it is important that operators have the tools they need to meet the demands of their job, and enable them to add value to the process operation, says Bruce Calder, vice president of Technology at Honeywell Process Solutions.

  12. 02/12/2014 Integrated automation solution benefits

    Control Engineering Europe spoke to Carsten Meier, marketing manager TIA Portal, Siemens AG, Digital Factory Division, to find out what benefits TIA Portal can offer users today, and in the future.

  13. 18/11/2014 SCADA solutions offer greater mobility

    Control Engineering Europe looks at some recent enhancements and additions to offer additional versatility to SCADA and visualisation solutions.

  14. 21/01/2014 ARMing OEMs with a solution for changing automation needs

    The increasing degree of networking in automation calls for a new generation of intelligent, decentralised networked devices. Standardized Computer on Modules with the SMARC specification with ARM SoCs are now enabling this new class of device to be developed efficiently. Martin Unverdorben, product manager, Computer-on-Modules at Kontron, explains.

  15. 07/05/2013 SCADA solution offers a more detailed view of textile production

    The process of dying and knitting yarn for textile process has long been machine automated. However, advanced SCADA software has provided an intuitive development environment for robust monitoring and data acquisition applications, making it possible to follow that process through every step – from raw material to finished product.

  16. 26/03/2013 Roll grinding made easy with Ethernet

    A control system is helping machine-tool expert Halifax Numerical Controls (HNC) to achieve success in the competitive market for roll grinders for rubber-coated rollers.

  17. 19/09/2012 Getting tangible value through visualisation

    Ellyn Foltz, managing director, Worldwide Process Manufacturing at Microsoft Corp, discusses the issues of visualising and making the best use of the increasing amounts of data that are being created by industry today.

  18. 31/07/2012 SCADA system supports Cern in its Higgs Boson search

    The Cern Europe Nuclear Research Center in Meyrin in the Swiss Canton of Geneva is home to the world’s biggest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Alongside the control, monitoring and documentation of experiments conducted in the LHC, since 2001 all technical processes at Cern have been monitored and controlled by a SCADA system from the Simatic HMI family: Simatic WinCC Open Architecture (WinCC OA).

  19. 10/07/2012 SCADA solutions for Super Rimiez water treatment plant

    Veolia has selected ARC Informatique PcVue SCADA software to monitor and control services and operations at its Super Rimiez water treatment plant near Nice in France. Key factors in its SCADA choice were performance, ease of use and lower total cost of ownership.

  20. 21/11/2011 Mobile SCADA increases staff efficiency in logistics operation by 15% and cuts support call costs by 60%

    SCHAD, the developer of the EXTEND7000 mobile SCADA system has implemented a mobile solution for BAUR, a German multichannel retailer.