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Yokogawa releases Exaquantum R3.01 - Improved data acquisition capabilities for plant operations

Exaquantum R3.01.jpgYokogawa Electric Corporation announces the release of Exaquantum™ R3.01. Compared to the previous version of the Exaquantum plant information management system, Exaquantum R3.01 delivers a six-fold increase in data acquisition performance and can handle five times as many data points (tags).

Plant operators seek to acquire temperature, pressure, and other types of data to better understand what is happening in their plants and obtain insights needed to improve equipment and operating procedures. In keeping with the industry "big data" trend of utilizing ever growing amounts of data, there is a rising need for information management solutions that can acquire more data points and have higher acquisition speeds.

To meet these requirements, Yokogawa has created Exaquantum R3.01. This latest version of Exaquantum delivers a quantum increase in the data acquisition speed and the number of tags that can be handled by a server, giving plant operators a much more detailed understanding of their plant processes. Positioning Exaquantum R3.01 as a data historian platform for acquiring and storing the plant data needed to improve plant operations, Yokogawa will utilize this product to create value with its customers and expand its solutions business.

Enhanced Features:

  • Increased data acquisition speed
  • Increased number of tags that can be handled
  • Support for tablets
  • Improved engineering tools
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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.

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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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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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