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Q&A: New Remote Programmatic Configuration in KEPServerEX Version 6

Posted by Steve Sponseller

On November 15, 2016, Kepware released KEPServerEX® Version 6. One of the major features of this update is the Configuration Application Programmable Interface (API), which addresses previous limitations related to remote programmatic configuration.

The Q&A pairs below provide more information on Configuration API and how it can help with your KEPServerEX projects.


Q&A: OPC UA Native Implementation in KEPServerEX Version 6

Posted by Steve Sponseller

On November 15, 2016, Kepware released KEPServerEX® Version 6. This major update includes native development of core OPC UA technology, which provides improved performance, enhanced diagnostics, and a solid foundation for continued OPC UA functionality enhancements.

To learn more about the OPC UA technology developed for Version 6, please read the Q&A pairs below.


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.


How Big Data Can Benefit Upstream Oil & Gas Companies

Posted by Steve Sponseller

What’s the saying? One of the keys to success is seeing challenges as opportunities? Practically overnight, the upstream Oil & Gas Industry has faced the challenge of having the value of their product roughly cut in half. Not only are they dealing with less revenue coming in, but their company valuation took a hit too.


Collect Gas & Liquid EFM Data in One Server—with Real-Time Data, Too

Posted by Steve Sponseller

Two and a half years ago, when Kepware was starting their development of gas EFM data collection from flow computers (like ABB Totalflow, Emerson's FloBoss and ROC800 series, and Schneider's SCADAPacks), I met with Flow-Cal's President and CEO, Mike Squyres, at the American School of Gas Measurement Technology. Just like Mr. McGuire advised Ben in the movie The Graduate that the future could be summarized in one word—"Plastics"—Mike advised me that the future of the Oil & Gas Measurement Industry was "Liquids." At that time, his company was working with midstream companies like DCP Midstream to develop and add liquid measurement support to Flow-Cal's industry-leading FLOWCAL Enterprise Gas measurement application. 


Reimagining Your Remote Communications with a New Distributed Architecture

Posted by Steve Sponseller

Optimizing communications between devices in the field and the centralized applications that need their data is a critical component to the success of a SCADA implementation. The networks that support these communications typically use radios, cellular networks, satellite links, or other types of wireless technology. Due to the bandwidth limitations of these networks, a non-streamlined and inefficient communications solution compromises the network’s ability to acquire and manage data as needed. This blog will discuss a new approach to a communications architecture that simplifies, enhances, and increases the reliability of data collection in a SCADA environment.