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Schneider Electric Software demonstrates Success in delivering Customer Value

Schneider Electric Software, a global leader in industry software and part of Schneider Electric, showcased new innovations and capabilities at its Wonderware Customer Conference, held in last week in Dallas, Texas. The highlight of the event were 11 customer-led presentations proving how innovative Wonderware software and solutions have continued to drive tangible business value across several industries.

"Our customers and partners have unequivocally shown this week how Wonderware software and solutions have delivered business value across every important technology frontier, including Internet of Things, Cloud and mobility, Big Data, model-driven and multi-site MES and even asset performance management," said Ravi Gopinath, PhD., executive vice president of Schneider Electric Software. "We’ve demonstrated a couple of things this week. First, our customers and partners can confidently invest in Wonderware. Second, we will continue to develop and deliver solutions that make our customers’ operations and assets more productive, transparent and accessible, while helping them to maximize profitability, uptime, throughput, responsiveness and enterprise collaboration. That approach isn’t going to change."

During the three-day event, Wonderware customers and solutions partners demonstrated the positive impact new Wonderware innovations have had on their industrial operations. Highlights included:

An Internet of Things presentation from Avid Solutions, who is using Wonderware System Platform as the basis for an IoT implementation. The presentation gave attendees a solid foundational understanding of core IoT concepts, providing real examples of how to integrate these concepts directly into Wonderware System Platform, using real code to extract real savings.

A presentation on Mobility and Cloud from Louisiana-Pacific, part of a continuous improvement practice. The presentation focused on Louisiana Pacific’s IT manufacturing team's use of Wonderware solutions and how they have helped the company’s operations improvement and progress over the past 15 years. The discussion emphasized how to utilize Wonderware products as part of an Information Management system, including the application of Wonderware Historian, Historian Client, QI Analyst, Intelligence and SmartGlance software.

A presentation on Model-Driven MES from Wonderware partners Callisto Integration and Crossmuller Technology. The presentation centered on the business impact model-driven MES is having on a global quality implementation for the Campbell Soup Company, who is 18 months into a global quality solution rollout, driven by a need for ongoing product quality guarantees, savings in raw material consumption and a platform for other performance and traceability initiatives. The project provides standardized statistical process control methodologies across the company’s production lines.

Matrikon releases Enhanced OPC Server for Wonderware Historian

Matrikon has announced the release of its Matrikon OPC Server for Wonderware Historian. Previously known as the Matrikon OPC Server for InSQL, the latest version of this popular OPC Server adds support for the current version of the Wonderware Historian, support for the latest Microsoft Windows operating systems including Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit versions) , Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2012 (64-bit), and expanded functionality.

In response to user feedback, the Matrikon OPC Server for Wonderware Historian now includes support for performing real time (OPC DA) and historical (OPC HDA) writes to the Wonderware Historian on top of its original read capabilities. This allows users with OPC enabled client applications like HMI (SCADA) software or other applications to send data to the Wonderware Historian directly through this OPC Server. Tag level security for OPC HDA was also added to ensure data is protected at the granular level.

The MatrikonOPC Server for Wonderware Historian formally InSQL supports both real-time and historical data access to one or more Wonderware IndustrialSQL databases or Wonderware Historians. Applications that require connectivity to these databases can use this OPC Server to access real-time and historical process data that is archived by an online analyzer, laboratory personnel, etc.

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UA Integration made easy with Matrikon OPC UA Proxy

Matrikon recently announced the major release of its popular OPC UA Proxy application. The OPC UA Proxy enables software applications based on classic OPC client connectivity to seamlessly communicate with next generation OPC UA-based devices and applications. With a simplified user interface, improved workflow and enhanced performance – the new Matrikon OPC UA Proxy is an easy, convenient way for people to combine their existing classic OPC infrastructures with the growing number of next-generation OPC UA-based products.

“The power and security OPC UA offers, mixed with the excitement over the potential value the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is heralding, are just a couple of factors fast-tracking the adoption of OPC UA today,” said Darek Kominek, product director at Matrikon. “While Matrikon is helping device vendors embed OPC UA Proxy into the smallest of devices, Matrikon is also ensuring those device vendors and their customers have a way to utilize those UA-enabled devices in existing classic OPC-based infrastructures.”

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PanelView Plus 7 Performance Operator Interface - Simplifies Visualization for Large Application

Panelview plus 7.jpgRockwell Automation has released its new Allen-Bradley PanelView Plus 7 Performance graphic terminal to simplify and streamline visualization in large, complex applications. The PanelView Plus 7 Performance terminal expands on the recently released PanelView Plus 7 Standard model with a larger screen option, more processing power, expanded connectivity and greater software support.

“Large machine builders and heavy process industries often require multiple terminals or use PCs to monitor trends and information for their complex applications,” said Scott Oakley, global product manager, Rockwell Automation. “With the PanelView Plus 7 Performance terminal, they can consolidate that hardware into a single interface where hundreds of screens, alarms and tags can be conveniently accessed and monitored.”

New capabilities in the PanelView Plus 7 Performance model include:

Larger screen option: The Performance model has six screen-size options, including a new 19-inch option – the largest to date from Rockwell Automation. The 19-inch screen offers machine builders and end users more display area on which they can design, control and monitor large applications. The Performance model also includes new keypad options to complement the terminal’s standard touch screen.

More processing power: A more powerful CPU supports larger displays and larger applications. While the Standard model supports applications with up to 25 screens and 200 alarms, the Performance model supports applications much larger in size and complexity.

Expanded connectivity: With the addition of an embedded Ethernet switch and two Ethernet ports, the PanelView Plus 7 Performance terminal can support a device level ring (DLR) topology for single-fault resiliency. The terminal also has expanded mobile connectivity. Remote desktop services enable a plant manager, maintenance technician or support provider to securely access the HMI from a remote location to troubleshoot a problem, walk through setup procedures, review alarming and more. In addition, plant operators can monitor HMI data within the plant using a tablet, smartphone or other mobile device.

Greater software support: With video playback support, machine builders and end users can now incorporate helpful videos into the terminal to support operator training and troubleshooting. Microsoft Office viewers and Internet Explorer support give operators instantaneous access to network-based Office files and HTML pages, such as standard operating procedures, directly from the terminal.

The PanelView Plus 7 Performance terminal also retains the benefits introduced with the PanelView Plus 7 Standard terminal. This includes the ability to save projects and critical machine information on an SD card. For example, machine builders can save a single machine’s configuration on an SD card and re-use it for multiple similar machines, while operators can archive machine data for faster terminal replacements and easier troubleshooting.

Both PanelView Plus 7 models work with FactoryTalk View Machine Edition (ME) software from Rockwell Automation to better handle multiple applications on a single terminal. They also use the same clamping technology that allows easy terminal installation and removal without the use of tools. This reduces installation and maintenance time, and minimizes the risk of overtightening and damaging the terminal during installation.

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Kepware releases new Version of Communications Platform

Kepware Technologies, a software development company focused on communications for automation, has recently announced the release of KEPServerEX version 5.18. Key enhancements offer additional device connectivity and an improved user experience for customers in multiple vertical industries, including Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, and Power & Utilities.

"Our latest product release is an excellent example of the importance Kepware places on customer feedback," said Tony Paine, CEO, Kepware. "Our commitment to addressing customers' needs prompted important usability and feature enhancements—including real-time tag edits and expanded support for ABB's measurement and monitoring technologies."

KEPServerEX version 5.18 includes the following key updates:

1. The Media Level Redundancy plug-in now supports a user-configurable triggering mechanism that can initiate failover based on single point value change, quality change, or rate of change. This capability was added to support high-reliability tunneling with Kepware's OPC UA-based tunneling solution.

2. The KEPServerEX platform now allows changes to be made to tag definitions in real-time. These changes apply to existing and new clients, and ensure the integrity of all connected clients.

3. The ABB Totalflow driver now supports liquid Electronic Flow Measurement (EFM) data collection. It also has the ability to retrieve Trend Log files from Totalflow devices (which log real-time data points like flow rates, pressures, and temperatures) and make them available via CSV files.

"ABB Totalflow remote measurement and automation systems are proven to dramatically increase the accuracy, efficiency, safety, and productivity of oil and gas facilities," said Scott Peterson, US Sales Manager, ABB. "In a market where accurate measurement and efficient operations are critical, ABB can significantly benefit from the support of a leading communications provider like Kepware. Kepware's ongoing enhancements to their ABB Totalflow driver enable customers to leverage and integrate the full feature set of Totalflow systems with diverse applications and architectures, effectively increasing the measurement and data analysis capabilities of our solutions."

KEPServerEX version 5.18 also features updates to 32 products, including significant enhancements to the OPC UA Client driver, Advanced Tags plug-in, and Scheduler plug-in. It includes new Fisher ROC and ROC Plus Ethernet drivers for the Fisher ROC Suite, along with additional OpCode support in all ROC Suite drivers. Kepware also recently released ClientAce version, a .NET developer toolkit that enables applications programmers to design custom OPC clients.