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KEPServerEX and ThingWorx Integration Furthers Industrial IoT

Posted by John Harrington

In KEPServerEX® version 5.21, Kepware’s industrial connectivity platform expanded interoperability with the ThingWorx® IoT Platform, the industry’s leading application development platform for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Both KEPServerEX and ThingWorx are extremely flexible, and can be deployed in many different environments and integrated with a variety of solutions to meet customer needs. To support this wide range of use and application, Kepware extended the integration options available for connectivity between the platforms—providing users the ability to select the best integration method for their systems.


Q&A: Breakthrough IIoT Technologies, Security, and More

Posted by Sarah Cloutier

On June 30, Kepware concluded its first installment of the IoT Webinar Series. The series shares breakthrough technology for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and explores a wide range of solutions made possible by integrating KEPServerEX with IoT Alliance member offerings. Use cases and real-world applications ranged from condition-based monitoring and predictive maintenance to machine learning, overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), and big data analytics.


Connecting Culture and Productivity with Design in a UMaine Lab

Posted by Liz Zimmerman

In the spring of 2015, Kepware was presented with the opportunity to help design a Kepware-inspired lab in the Barrows Engineering Hall at the University of Maine Orono. The Kepware team approached the interior design endeavor as we would any other project that would bear the Kepware name: we collaborated with our phenomenal design team at Workplace Transformation Facilitation, led by Lisa Whited. Thus began the thoughtful approach to designing a space for UMO students that would foster collaboration, promote focus space, and create an engaging learning experience for students—all while utilizing the Kepware aesthetic and passion for a progressively-designed workspace. Kepware’s bright colors, flexible workspaces, and choice in seating and work environment all needed to translate to this learning lab at UMO. Students and faculty needed to feel like they had walked from a hallway in a university building into a space that could be found in our Portland office. 


Oil & Gas Industry Health Watch

Posted by Dan Turner

We have been talking about the shift in the industry health for oil and gas as the supply crosses under demand. It appears a few other unforeseen elements are weighing in as well. But one interesting shift is the change in mood of professional bloggers and writers. As of late, there has been an appearance of optimism and a general recognition of the profitability of $50-$60/BL oil.


The Value of Third-Party Validation for Industrial Automation Software

Posted by Steve Sponseller

Today, customers expect products to “just work” and be free of defects and bugs. While warranty programs have become more and more gracious to help manage this expectation, the inconvenience and frustration of managing a return may ultimately still result in a negative customer experience. Redeemed warranties are also expensive for vendors due to the short-term impact on revenue and long-term impact on market share and brand reputation. In the industrial world, downtime and safety are the cost of poor quality and unstable software—which can have a dramatic impact on business.


Top 5 Questions about Purchasing KEPServerEX

Posted by Travis Hamilton

As a member of the Sales Team here at Kepware, I’m often the first point of contact with our customers. It's fascinating to hear about the countless ways people are using Kepware products, and rewarding to help solve their challenges and answer their questions. There's one question in particular that comes up frequently and in various forms: How is KEPServerEX licensed and what does it cost?

To help shed some light on this, I have picked the top five common questions that the Sales Team receives on this topic. Read on to see the questions and their answers below.


Interview: Shedding Light on BACnet/IP Driver Updates

Posted by Joanne Bacharach

It’s becoming clear that fully-integrated Building Management Systems (BMS) monitor and control all major building components and systems—from lighting and HVAC to security and access controlare the future of the building automation market. And as more advanced hardware and software solutions enter market, it is imperative that facility managers and building owners design with interoperability and open standards in mind. This approach enables current and legacy components and systems to be effectively and efficiently integrated.


On the Hunt for Health & Fitness Motivation

Posted by Zeke Pendexter

Here at Kepware, we have a small team of employees that get together and talk about how to motivate people to get active and live a healthy lifestyle. These discussions usually result in organizing a health-related “event” that is open to the entire company. Events include weekly workout classes, seasonal fitness challenges, and—my favorite—scavenger hunts. While the first two are effective in getting people to the Kepware gym, it's the scavenger hunts that attract the most employees and get a lot of buzz in the office.

You may be asking yourself, how can a scavenger hunt motivate people to live a healthy lifestyle? It's a good question. Let me explain by describing our latest event, the Winter Scavenger Hunt.


Advancing STEM Education and Access in Maine

Posted by Rachel McDonnell

Last March, Kepware started accepting applications for its second annual school grant contest. Committed to advancing STEM education and workforce development in Maine, Kepware’s goal was to help alleviate the technology gap and provide students the tools they need to excel in the classroom and beyond.


Get Your Prescription for the Industrial Internet of Things

Posted by Erik Dellinger

In recent years, the number of manufacturers leveraging the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to improve productivity, reduce defects, and gain more visibility into the operation of their facilities has increased dramatically. A recent survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) found that over one-third of U.S. manufacturers consider it “extremely critical” to have an IIoT strategy implemented in their operation. Similarly, a survey from LNS Research with over 600 respondents found that 34 percent of companies are currently adopting IoT—a figure that will undoubtedly continue to grow in the coming years.