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Rockwell Automation and OSIsoft Supply BHP Billiton With Enterprise Historian Solution

Rockwell Automation and OSIsoft have reached an agreement with BHP Billiton, the world’s largest diversified mining company, for the installation of an enterprise historian, a production intelligence platform, at the company’s iron ore operations in Australia. Design is underway with installation to be completed by the end of 2016. The enterprise historian will use FactoryTalk Historian Site Edition (SE) software from Rockwell Automation and the PI System from OSIsoft. The combination will provide BHP Billiton with visibility of real-time and historical production data across the company’s integrated supply chain of mines, rail and port facilities.

Operators will also gain access to reporting and trending tools that provide insight into performance parameters. The information can be used to identify opportunities to reduce variability, lower costs and improve productivity in operations and across the supply chain.

“An enterprise historian solution takes data and turns it into information,” said Ryan Cahalane, director of Software Product Management, Rockwell Automation. “Many producers are working on how to best leverage an intelligent automation infrastructure and the big data it produces. This is being outlined in smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and other global, manufacturing-modernization initiatives. The BHP Billiton enterprisewide effort to standardize iron ore data collection, storage and visualization will be a major step toward smarter production because it creates one version of the truth,” Cahalane explained.

“The company will be able to use this solution to compare disparate assets and operations. This is the type of information that can be transformed into operating knowledge and wisdom,” Cahalane concluded.

Brett Higgins, OSIsoft vice president of Asia Pacific, added, “The Rockwell Automation and OSIsoft combination brings together the best of industrial and enterprise data management. Our solution seamlessly leverages the company’s existing investments at a plant and enterprise level, and pulls in new information from mobile assets. With the quantity of data coming from BHP Billiton iron ore operations, an enterprise historian solution is the only way to easily put it to use.”

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Kepware Technologies Earns Multiple Industry Accolades for Innovation

Kepware Technologies, a software development company acquired by PTC in January 2016, today announced that it has recently won a series of prestigious industry awards for the advances achieved by its flagship product, KEPServerEX®. The awards signify Kepware’s ongoing commitment to developing the most robust and reliable off-the-shelf software platform for industrial connectivity on the market.

Editors and readers of leading industry publications selected Kepware as the winner for the following awards that recognize the most innovative process automation products and suppliers in the industry:

  • Breakthrough Product of the Year, Processing Magazine
  • First Team Honoree for the Leadership in Automation Award, Automation World
  • Readers’ Choice Award winner for OPC Connectivity, Control Global
  • Engineers’ Choice Award winner, Control Engineering

Certified by third-party organizations and endorsed by system integrators, OEMs, and end users, KEPServerEX is the industry’s leading connectivity platform that leverages OPC and IT-centric communication protocols to provide applications with a single source of industrial automation data. The platform design allows users to connect, manage, monitor, and control diverse automation devices and software applications through one intuitive user interface.

“We are humbled to be recognized by our peers for the quality of our products,” said Tony Paine, Platform President, Kepware. “Over the past year, we’ve strived to find a balance between meeting the needs of our existing customer base and evolving KEPServerEX to be a critical component of new industrial IoT solutions. These awards serve as proof that we're finding this balance. Our customers can expect Kepware to deliver the same focus and commitment to innovation in the year to come.”

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NI, Schneider Electric and others announce Collaboration with the Industrial Internet Consortium

National Instruments, the provider of platform-based systems that enable engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges, announced today a collaboration with the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and industry leaders Bosch Rexroth, Cisco, Intel, KUKA, Schneider Electric and TTTech to develop the world’s first Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) testbed. These organizations aim to advance the network infrastructure to support the future of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0. To support new digital capabilities, connected manufacturing, designers and users need more reliable and secure access to smart edge devices. Standard network technologies must evolve to meet the demanding requirements of these next-generation industrial systems and improve the way we operate our machines, electrical grids and transportation systems.

The goal of this testbed is to display the value of new Ethernet IEEE 802 standards, referred to as TSN, in an ecosystem of manufacturing applications. TSN powers a standard, open network infrastructure supporting multivendor interoperability and integration with new guaranteed performance and delivery. The technology can support real-time control and synchronization, for example between motion applications and robots, over a single Ethernet network.

“Testbeds are a major focus and activity of the IIC and its members. Our testbeds are where the innovation and opportunities of the industrial Internet – new technologies, new applications, new products, new services and new processes – can be initiated, thought through and rigorously tested to ascertain their usefulness and viability before coming to market,” said Dr. Richard Soley, executive director of the IIC.

The testbed will:

  • Combine different critical control traffic (such as OPC UA) and best-effort traffic flows on a single, resilient network based on IEEE 802.1 TSN standards
  • Demonstrate TSN’s real-time capability and vendor interoperability using standard, converged Ethernet
  • Assess the security value of TSN and provide feedback on the ability to secure initial TSN functions
  • Show ability for the IIoT to incorporate high-performance and latency-sensitive applications
  • Deliver integration points for smart real-time edge cloud control systems into IIoT infrastructure and application

Yokogawa releases Plant Resource Manager (PRM®) R3.30

Yokogawa Global RPM.jpgYokogawa Electric Corporation announces the release of version R3.30 of its Plant Resource Manager (PRM®) software tool for the centralized management of large amounts of data from plant monitoring and control devices and manufacturing equipment. PRM R3.30 is an upgrade to R3.20 and includes an improved management function for HART®* and enhancements to the navigation function. With this new PRM version, Yokogawa aims to capture a larger share of the plant maintenance market.

Manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to improve maintenance efficiency by using software tools like PRM that can centrally manage large amounts of maintenance and other types of data from plant monitoring and control devices and manufacturing equipment. Maintenance personnel use such data to reduce plant downtime and enhance safety by proactively spotting and responding to device failures.

To optimize plant operations, it is essential not only to keep devices in good working order but also to have up-to-date information on device status and maintain records on all maintenance work that is performed. Such information is most useful if operators of control and safety instrumented systems can view it on screen at their human interface stations (HIS).

With such needs in mind, Yokogawa has developed new functions for its PRM tool that facilitate the collection of information from field devices for use in optimizing device maintenance and plant operations.

1. Quick access to HART device status information
2. Intuitive display of device information
3. Targeted issuance of alarms

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Advantech introduces Embedded Platforms with IoT Remote Management Built-in

Advantech (2395.TW), a leading provider of embedded computing solutions, today unveils its full range of embedded computing platforms with the Intel Pentium/Celeron Processor N3000 Family (formerly Braswell). These platforms comprise of Computer On Modules SOM-3568, SOM-6868 and SOM-7568, Embedded Single Board Computers PCM-9310 and MIO-2030, and an Industrial Motherboard AIMB-216; as well as a Fanless Embedded Box PC ARK-3405. With the Intel Pentium/Celeron Processor N3000 series and Advantech’s exclusive IoT remote management software WISE-PaaS/RMM, these Advantech Embedded products bring value, efficiency and connectivity to embedded computing with essential features that balance cost, performance, and power, making it ideal for IoT, retail, medical, digital signage, factory automation applications.
manufacturing process, the latest Intel® Celeron® and Pentium® processor SoCs bring Intel’s latest innovations and processor efficiencies to embedded computing systems. Enhancements include up to twice the graphics performance, and up to 9% longer battery life.

Advantech designed its latest series of industrial-grade embedded boards and systems in a wide range of form factors, including the Qseven SOM-3568, the COM Express Compact Module SOM-6868, and the COM Express Mini Module SOM-7568. Other form factors include the 2.5” Pico-ITX SBC MIO-2030, the 3.5” SBC PCM-9310 , the Mini-ITX Motherboard AIMB-216, and the Fanless Embedded Box PC ARK-3405. Powered by the latest Intel® Celeron® and Pentium® processors, each of these devices delivers better, more responsive performance, stunning visuals, and longer battery life – a great leap forward for entry-level platforms.

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