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InduSoft is releasing the first service pack for InduSoft Web Studio 8.0. In the upcoming Service Pack 1, InduSoft Web Studio sees several major improvements, including:HTML5 capabilities have expanded to include horizontal trends, custom widgets allow users to host third party applications within the InduSoft Web Studio environment without necessitating Microsoft specific Active/X and .NET controls, and support for the new Import Wizard for FactoryTalk™ ME/SE will greatly reduce the engineering time required for migrating applications from FactoryTalk™ to InduSoft Web Studio.
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As more details emerge about last week’s massive DDoS attack against DNS Dyn, it’s clear that the lax security in IoT devices is a part of what enabled such a massive attack. While DDoS attacks may not be as serious as data theft or breaches, the events on Friday give us a stark reminder that the IoT is made of internet facing devices that should be as secure as any other system. Read More »
Fenasucro, the top show in Brazil for sugar, ethanol, and energy technology, is host to the top advances in sugar processing. InduSoft is presenting at Fenasucro along with Schneider-Electric, and we are taking a moment to have a look at the worldwide sugarcane industry during the event.
Brazil is the largest producer and exporter of sugar worldwide. Exports are projected to surpass 1.8 million tons to 26.1 million on steady higher demand and greater exportable supplies. However, a smaller amount of sugar is being converted to Ethanol in Brazil. Currently, 57% of Brazil’s sugar is converted to Ethanol, which is down from 59% the previous year.
Drought conditions in India have lowered production, which is projected to decline 18% this year, while production in Thailand and China are both set for large increases.
One interesting facet of the ethanol market comes in the form of exports from the United States to Brazil. With Ethanol currently priced lower than gasoline and sugar production down due to drought, more of Brazil’s sugar is being used for sweeteners. Ethanol producers in the United States have taken advantage of strong corn yields to export Ethanol to parts of Brazil. Some estimates suggest that 500 million liters of Ethanol will help to meet demand in the northern regions of Brazil.
InduSoft | The Department of Defense IT system is 53 Years Old – What’s your Plan for Legacy Systems?
According to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office, the reported age of the IT infrastructure in place for the United States’ nuclear program is 53 years old, and uses 8” floppy disks for critical storage. While there are … Read More
As Solar, wind, and other alternative energy sources become more cost-effective to produce and demand for them grows, the biggest hurdle becomes storing that energy effectively.
Typically, storing renewable energy has relied on batteries, which are unfortunately quite costly, especially when compared to the power generation costs using fuels like coal or gas.
However, some solar facilities are harnessing new ways to store energy that may result in a boom for developers of renewable energy sources. With the global solar market expected to top 69GW in 2016, and wind projected at 2,000GW by 2030 and markets shifting away from reliance on carbon-emitting fuels, renewable energy sources may prove the key to future energy development if cost effective energy storage can be achieved.
SolarReserve in Nevada uses molten salt heated to high temperatures in the heating tower to create steam that can be used to power generators up to ten hours after the sun goes down. This plant is capable of powering 75,000 Nevada homes.
In California, LightSail Energy is experimenting with compressed air by turning on an air pump whenever excess energy is produced. When energy is low, the compressed air is released to drive a generator. Some of the heat is also captured to preserve the energy.
Another company uses excess energy to cool a tank of water into ice, which can then be used to cool nearby buildings during the hottest and most energy intensive part of the day.
Making it Affordable
Whatever form energy storage for renewable energy takes, it will have to compete with more conventional energy sources for cost and reliability. With shale gas and oil prices low, only efficient automation and controls can make any energy generation operations competitive with traditional carbon-emitting energy sources. While some of this could be offset with carbon or tax credits, the rest will have to be made up through innovation and clever solutions to the energy puzzle.
That’s where solutions like InduSoft Web Studio can fill the gaps. By automating the process of energy capture and storage with robust SCADA and HMI software capable of easy telemetry and remote monitoring, it’s possible to create cost-effective solutions to harnessing the true power of wind and solar energy.
The newest version of InduSoft Web Studio, InduSoft Web Studio v7.1 + SP3 + P4, is available for download! Patch 4 for InduSoft Web Studio offers some updated features and minor fixes that should make your experience with your HMI software a bit better.
Here’s a list of some of the things that have changed in the newest version:
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Quantum Automation Develops Solutions for Sandbag Machines using InduSoft Web Studio
We have a confession to make here at Quantum Automation, we have aided the cause for the invasion of aliens and their mission for world domination. Check out InduSoft's Web Studio latest version of its award-winning SCADA/HMI software and their exceptional marketing campaign.
DREAM REPORT™ is the first programming-free, user-friendly automated reporting and data analysis software solution for industrial automation. It was designed to be the simplest solution to extract data from virtually any data source and provide automated reports to anybody, anywhere, and anytime.
Built on modern technologies, DREAM REPORT™ fits perfectly for all types of reporting, process, batch, and discrete.
TechCorner 34 - Modbus communication with InduSoft SCADA by QuantumAutomation
InduSoft Web Studio was recently demonstrated at the Unified wine and Grape Symposium, a conference for vintners. Quantum Automation showcased an application built on the InduSoft Web Studio SCADA software platform, and deployed on a laptop connected to a 19” flat panel display.
The application, designed for demonstration at the show, featured InduSoft Web Studio capabilities for SCADA, with integration of the reporting capabilities of Dream Report. Features such as video monitoring, bottling and capping line control, and access to field irrigation systems were shown in the demo, and can be seen in the video tour here:
This show is not the only time InduSoft Web Studio has proven to be the ideal tool for agriculture or food and beverage manufacturing. Here are some other examples of the applications of InduSoft Web Studio SCADA software in automating farms, and food and drug manufacturing. Watch Here