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3 months ago

Discover how to update your system to be next generation ready with universal automation. 

UniversalAutomation.Org is an independent, non-for-profit association managing the implementation of an industrial automation shared source runtime execution engine, based on the IEC 61499 standard. This new level of shared technology provides the basis for an ecosystem of portable, interoperable, “plug and produce” solutions and creates an entirely new category within industrial automation.

During this panel discussion, you’ll learn about:

·       Greater Innovation through the faster integration of IT and OT technologies and systems, development of new business models, easier connectivity, and more flexible/modular production systems to meet rapidly changing market requirements.

·       Hardware-independent software applications, that can be distributed to and interoperate across multi-vendor platforms.

·       Extending the lifespan of existing industrial tools, devices and systems, and easier upgrading of systems reaching their end of life.

·       Simplified training and skills (with teams only needing to learn one common system), making automation industry OT entry more accessible to IT professionals and the new generation of automation professionals.

·       Increased reliability and reduced time to market using proven in use Plug & Produce software components available on AppStore-like platforms.

If you are interested in taking advantage of the benefits of universal automation and how you can implement in your organization, then this presentation is for you.

UniversalAutomation.Org is open to new members looking to advance the world of automation. Become part of a game changing movement!

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3 months ago

Would you like to leverage software tools to generate new revenue streams while improving the customer’s bottom line? Are you migrating your customers to a predictive/ preventative model? If so, then this presentation is for you. 

 Many manufacturers take a reactive approach vs. a preventative/predictive approach to asset optimization and process performance. But it doesn’t have to be that way. 

 In just 45 minutes, you’ll: 

  •  Get a glimpse of 5-in-1 process optimization software - analyze, monitor, predict, simulate, and optimize 
  • Learn about fast time to value and the ability to do real-time, closed-loop control 

  • Explore a new comprehensive PID control loop tuning for plant and enterprise optimization  

  • Discover how to create analytics once and run them anywhere - on-prem or in your virtual private cloud 

  • See how to manage large-scale analytics deployments on single server 

  • Hear how to build digital twins and site-based analytics designed for the engineer, no data scientist required  

If you are interested in learning how to use real-time, closed-loop control and advanced analytics software for optimizing equipment and plant systems, then this presentation is for you. 

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4 months ago

An operator monitoring an HMI or SCADA system needs to know exactly what’s happening on ‎the physical device -- including disconnects or network irregularities. Stale or out-of-sequence ‎data can lead to bad decisions. ‎

Systems that use MQTT are no exception. But a regular MQTT broker is just a pass-through ‎mechanism, with no knowledge of the data it handles. A smart MQTT broker, on the other ‎hand, parses the data as it flows through, and makes intelligent use of it. ‎

Find out how during this highly informative session. In just 45 minutes you will learn ‎how a smart MQTT broker can:
1. Monitor the condition of the data producers and the ‎network.‎

‎2.‎ Assign an auto-updating quality code to each message. ‎
‎3.‎ Implement an intelligent message queue to drop stale messages and deliver the most ‎recent.‎
‎4.‎ Exchange data between clients that use different protocols and JSON formats.‎
‎5.‎ Preserve message time order among multiple inputs.‎

If you use MQTT, and if consistent data is important, then this presentation is for you.‎

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5 months ago

Machine and skid builders who want to implement control systems for their hazardous-rated process modules are required to house their control systems in purged or explosion-proof enclosures.

Such solutions add to the challenges of operation and maintenance crews.

Stahl’s Extended IO now provides you the opportunity to implement the latest in process automation technologies like Open Process Automation, Modular Type Package, NAMUR Open Architecture in the classified areas.

If you are looking to optimize your control system in classified areas without compromising your offering to the customers in the process industry, then this presentation is for you.

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5 months ago

With digitalization comes an edge-computing-based approach that redefines what "Best-in-‎Class" looks like in Data Center and Building Management Systems (BMS).‎

Edge Computing has become an increasingly popular technology due to its ability to process ‎data closer to the source, resulting in faster response times and reduced latency.‎

In the context of on-prem Data Centers and BMS, digitalization is a game-changer, as it allows for ‎reliable real-time control, data processing, and analysis. By using Edge Computing platforms, ‎digital transformation solutions can become more efficient, reliable, and secure.‎

Why it Matters
Every manufacturing plant has building and facility management solutions. Even if this is not ‎your core System Integrator business, you still need to understand how you can leverage Edge ‎Computing in BMS. ‎

On the other hand, you also need to learn about how on-prem Data Centers help create better ‎HMI/SCADA and advanced applications like MES, Historians, and ML/AI. ‎

In this presentation, panelists will discuss how System Integrators can take advantage of the ‎following key Edge Computing benefits in digitized on-prem Data Centers and BMS: ‎
‎1. Reduced latency
‎2. Resilience by design
‎3. Increased security‎
‎4. Cost-effective

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5 months ago

A system integrator and manufacturer panel discussion.

‎“We can’t deliver the project if we can’t get the parts!”‎

Disruption has been a recurring theme over the past few years, and if you are a part of the ‎industrial automation project delivery ecosystem, the global supply chain has likely caused ‎some disruption for you. ‎

Material scarcity, port congestion, shipping delays, increased freight costs, and demand ‎peaks have become common conversational topics. ‎

But disruption isn’t always a bad thing – digital transformation is disruptive too! ‎

And in the midst of the challenges that 2022 brought, Schneider Electric climbed from #4 to ‎‎#2 on Gartner’s Global Supply Chain Top 25 and was the winner of the award for Process or ‎Technology Innovation, based on its “self-healing” supply chain platform.‎

Join key leaders from Schneider Electric (SE) to hear how digital transformation helped them ‎respond to the disruptive challenges – and how these challenges and responses affect your ‎business. ‎

‎(You might even get some ideas on solutions to help your customers be more adaptive or ‎increase their efficiency!) ‎

In this session, you will:‎
‎• Hear about the factors that impact manufacturer supply and how SE managed them.‎
‎• Learn how to most effectively interact with a global manufacturer on supply chain issues. ‎
‎• Discover ways to pursue projects when product is scarce. ‎

‎(“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change,” Stephen Hawking)‎

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6 months ago

In the past, there was one way to connect PLCs to plant databases and enterprise servers

to leverage cloud and business systems for metrics monitoring, analytics, high-speed sorting, and recipe downloads. 

That connectivity was a custom-coded and IT solution including a PC, custom software coding, and protocol translation.

The problem: Custom connectivity is fragile, it’s a support hassle, and the software coding and interruptions never end since you are always learning as you go.

The solution: Rockwell has gotten smart when it comes to OT/IT convergence

and partnered with Softing to provide a built-for-purpose, in-chassis, industrial OT/IT connectivity solution.

Now, there’s a growing shift away from the custom IT, custom integrated, PC & coding solution when it comes to connecting industrial PLCs to IT business systems. The solution now is a no-code, no-PC, and no OPC protocol translation solution using a Logix in-chassis module called tManager to connect the Rockwell PLCs to SQL databases, which is the connectivity enabler for these IIoT solutions.


Attend this session and in just 45 minutes you’ll learn how to:

  • Connect Rockwell PLCs to SQL databases without writing code, without a PC in the middle, and without OPC protocol translation so you can easily deliver track and trace, high speed sorting, and other solution applications
  • Quote and scope projects more accurately
  • Deliver scalable projects
  • Deliver projects that are easier to support
  • Preserve your customers’ product secrets

If you work with Rockwell PLCs and deliver track and trace, high-speed sorting, quality monitoring, metrics monitoring, analytics, dashboards, or recipe download solutions, then this presentation is for you.

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6 months ago

Today’s manufacturing environment is a competitive space. Manufacturers aim to deliver the best quality products in the shortest time to maximize bottom line. 

In most businesses, manufacturers use Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to handle business functions such as financial management, purchasing, inventory, sales, analytics, and reporting.

For manufacturers to become more agile and responsive to change and achieve optimal results, it is imperative to integrate OT / shop floor data into the ERP system beyond traditional file or database table exchanges.  

Rapid time-to-result solutions with real-time connections to OT, IoT, and widely implemented SAP ERP are needed.

During this 45-minute presentation and demonstration you will:

·       See how OPC Router with visual workflows and certified connectors can bring manufacturing and enterprise together for increased agility for your clients, and more profitable projects for you as the integrator.

·       Gain practical knowledge on how to exchange data between the OT environment (plant floor) and Enterprise systems, such as SAP, without writing custom code or overly expensive solutions.

·       See a live configuration of a bi-directional connection between an SAP ERP system to empower optimized inventory and quality management functions, using OPC Router and it’s certified SAP connector module.

·       Have the opportunity to ask the experts questions, make contacts for project guidance, and receive a whitepaper after the event on OT to SAP integration.

This session is open to all, so share this invite with members of your project implementation teams that are charged with determining “how will we do that?” for your clients!

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7 months ago

DevOps principles that have transformed traditional software development are being applied to industrial automation, having a significant impact for system integrators. New tools are enabling SIs to rapidly hire and onboard new talent, maximize productivity and quality across projects, and enhance collaboration across internal and external teams.

In less than one hour, you’ll learn how implementing modern workflows:

·       Streamlines development processes by utilizing Git version control for PLC projects 

·       Accelerates hiring and onboarding of new talent by enabling senior engineers to spend less time training and reviewing code from junior engineers

·       Maximizes operational uptime and solves the “10 year problem” -- always knowing the latest version of code and why changes were made, no matter the age of the project

One example is leading control system integrator DMC, which has reclaimed up to 8 hours per week: 

“When leading multiple projects, our senior engineers are saving up to a day a week, because of the faster code reviews. Plus, we're reviewing more frequently. We're catching more mistakes before they get deployed or tested. And because we always see the visualized code before merging, we're also making fewer mistakes.”

If you are interested in a discussion about the current state of technology and how you can apply these new tools with minimum disruption, then this presentation is for you.

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8 months ago

If you are interested in knowing the significance of using ISA standards and the symbols and ‎codes in your projects, then this presentation is for you.‎

In just 45 minutes, you will understand why
• Companies should adopt and advocate for common standards to allow greater ‎collaboration and interoperability.‎
• Projects should adopt documentation automation methods and tools to make work ‎more efficient and improve quality and reliability.‎
• Projects should ensure their documentation practices and tools are on a sound footing ‎before being subjected to constant change, to ensure that time and budget is managed.‎

If you are an instrumentation engineer, maintenance engineer in process industries, consultant ‎and EPC in process industries or an automation engineer, you’ll want to register for this event.‎

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