Protecting HMIs from Ransomware Threats

Apr 14, 2016 2:06:01 PM | Posted by Bruce Billedeaux

When it comes to industrial cyber security issues, a good backup is the best defense. This is especially true as companies are being targeted more and more by ransomware threats from hackers.

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Effective File Organization for Managing Projects

Apr 6, 2016 12:31:41 PM | Posted by Brad Ems

If everyone on a team is not on the same page when it comes to file storage and keeping everything orderly, the result can often lead to a mess that will require a project-sized effort to fix the problem.

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Choosing Between Historian and MES Integration

Mar 30, 2016 11:52:57 AM | Posted by Dr. Holger Amort

While historians and manufacturing execution systems (MES) have been around for a long time, knowing which one to use and how to maximize the benefit of each for particular situations is key. 

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Project Management Differences: Automation Solutions vs. Enterprise Integration

Mar 28, 2016 11:05:13 AM | Posted by Bill Zupon

There are several key differences between automation solution and enterprise integration projects; the latter have several challenges that can be daunting for companies that aren't aware of the scope and testing required.

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Custom scripting as a potential safety hazard

Mar 15, 2016 3:35:55 PM | Posted by Osman Syed

Most users don't consider custom scripting as a potential hazard or safety concern because custom scripting allows users great flexibility in human-machine interface (HMI) development. However, HMI development software for a newer distributed control system (DCS) has much greater functionality today than in legacy systems.

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3 Alarm Response Procedure Best Practices

Mar 14, 2016 11:53:23 AM | Posted by Greg Millinger

Alarms keep production running smoothly and safely, but how can you cut through the clutter and respond in an effective way?

Alarms are a critical part of every production process — but not all of them are created equal. An alarm could indicate an immediate source of pressing concern. It could flag a potentially damaging machine or process issue that could derail production and cause serious safety concerns. However, with alarms sounding all the time and from all directions, it’s easy for even the most experienced operator to get overwhelmed and miss critical corrective action steps.

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Upgrading a DCS with an HMI graphical user interface

Mar 10, 2016 3:43:54 PM | Posted by Art Howell

Upgrading a distributed control system (DCS) with a human-machine interface (HMI) was a simple process until the development team tried duplicating the functionality and identifying tag information.

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Introducing OnTrack

Mar 3, 2016 10:04:00 AM | Posted by Paul Galeski

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How often have you wished that your best, most-experienced operator could work around the clock? With MAVERICK's newest solution, OnTrack™, every operator can be your best operator!

You rely on your team’s skills and expertise to protect your plant from unplanned downtime, safety hazards and environmental damages. But your most experienced operators can’t be everywhere at once — now you can capture that tribal knowledge, combine it with best practices and translate it into intelligent action plans for any situation — with OnTrack, a suite of innovative work process management solutions.

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