With our recent KEPServerEX version 6.5 release, PTC significantly improved customers’ ability to secure their industrial control systems against today’s cybersecurity threats. And while our security enhancements and tools are important, so are the continuous improvements we made to 32 other server components, drivers and advanced plug-ins.
You spoke; we listened—and today, we’ll tour the updates that ease customer pain points and provide more industrial data access.
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 control—are 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.
In my previous post, I walked you through a common situation where there is no “out-of-the-box” solution available for connecting a device into an existing automation system. Today, I’m going to demonstrate how you can create a custom driver with Kepware’s User Configurable (U-CON) driver.
I recently experienced some technology integration headaches. I tried to install a smart thermostat in my home only to find my ancient furnace uses two wires instead of the requisite four. I was road-blocked trying to get this new technology integrated into old technology, and it turned out to be much more involved—and expensive—than I anticipated.
When discussing optimized automation systems, network communications are a common concern because of their significant complexity. Luckily, KEPServerEX has a number of tools available that make difficult optimizations easy to implement. In the first of a series of posts on project optimization, I will outline the optimization tools available to just one of the elements of a KEPServerEX project: the channel.
Before I get into Kepware’s current implementation of the BACnet Calendar and Schedule Objects (available in KEPServerEX version 5.15 and later), we should cover objects in general terms. When we talk about objects, we are essentially talking about structured data. You can think of structured data as how we store and organize data so that it can be easily and efficiently referenced and used. For example, rather than reading your first name, your last name, and then your location, you read it all at once. Structured data is a collection of properties or attributes that can contain various information, some of which is useless on its own but paints a larger and more meaningful picture when combined.
Sysmac NJ is the new series of Machine Automation Controllers (MACs) from the device vendor Omron. The MAC is Omron's complete machine automation solution that combines logic, motion, vision, safety, robotics, and sensing. This means only one controller is needed for an entire machine or production cell.
In 1914, Henry Ford’s vehicle assembly line produced an average of twenty Model Ts an hour. In 2014, some manufacturers roll more than eighty vehicles off one assembly line in the same amount of time. We have come a long way from the days when you could have any color Model T—as long as that color was black.
Click the image below to see poll results from “SNMP Connectivity with KEPServerEX," our latest webinar presented by Applications Engineer Joanne Okvath. This webinar covered SNMP terminology before describing how users can leverage Kepware’s SNMP Agent Plug-In and SNMP Driver in their network configurations. Learn more—and find additional resources including the webinar recording—in the infographic below.
First, what do we mean by the “King of Automation”? If one standard were king, every component of an industrial automation system—from PLC to PC to PAC—would speak the same language regardless of manufacturer. In a way, this is what the micro-USB plug did for cell phones and cell phone chargers, but in industrial automation terms. (Isn’t it so much more convenient now that our cell phones and chargers all have the same plug?!)