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Case Study: How an SI Improved Real-Time & EFM Data Monitoring

Posted by Candace Letizia

In April 2013, Kepware released a case study featuring SIGIT Automation, a privately-owned Controls and Automation system integration company that serves the Petroleum and Energy industries. I came across it again the other day while perusing our library of case studies, and was reminded of what an interesting application story they had. Faced with challenges that ranged from data collection to interoperability, SIGIT was able to integrate KEPServerEX with their existing e-SCADA™ system to improve their real-time and EFM data monitoring. Read on for an overview of their challenges, solution, and results.


OPC Enables Best of Breed Solutions

Posted by KyLeigh Corrigan

Before the introduction of OPC, client software vendors were responsible for writing their own device communication drivers. Any time an application needed to access data from a new device, a new driver had to be written. This approach worked fine when each vendor included all the connectivity requirements that their end users needed. But when they did not, end users were stuck with inaccessible silos of data.


Kepware's Top 5 Blog Posts of 2014

Posted by Candace Letizia

This year, we've been committed to providing our customers and partners with insights into our company, products, and industry trends through the Kepware Blog. With 24 blog posts spanning a myriad of topics, I thought it’d be interesting to look back on the year and recap our five most popular posts. Click the image below for the list and links to the blog posts in full.


BACnet Calendar and Schedule Objects: Scheduling From Your Couch

Posted by Erik Dellinger

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.


The Keys to the Modern Kingdom Are Right Under Your Nose

Posted by Sam Elsner

There’s no doubt about it: modern automation systems are capable of generating more data than ever before. When you live in a time where even a single PLC can contain millions of individual data points, you’ve certainly asked yourself the question, “How can I make all of this data work for me?” Indeed, gaining access to this data, bringing it into a SCADA, MES, or DCS system, and giving it context can increase efficiency and reduce operating costs. But before you can make the data work for you, you’ve got to figure out how to get access to it. One excellent way to do so is through industry-standard OPC specifications and Kepware’s ClientAce. 


Polling the Crowd: Kepware's ClientAce Version 4.0 Webinar Results

Posted by Candace Letizia

View Kepware's latest infographic with feedback from attendees of our ClientAce version 4.0 webinar, and discover what your peers have to say about our OPC Client Toolkit. How are you using ClientAce to solve your client application development challenges?


From the Bottom Up: Data on the Move - Part II

Posted by Tony Paine

Last time, we looked at how data was traditionally moved from plant floor devices to various applications, as well as how that data is turned into information. This time, we will examine how some standards groups have tackled issues with interoperability and turning raw data into information.


Taking a Holistic View of Monitoring Energy Use with OPC

Posted by Erik Dellinger

Monitoring energy use is the first step to taking greater control over energy costs and conservation efforts.  However, the emergence of alternative sources of power has made it more difficult to gain an accurate, holistic picture across multiple sources and structures. Engineering managers of multi-building complexes such as universities, hospitals, and corporate campuses are especially challenged in this area, particularly when energy efficiency and costs are tied to green initiatives. For example, energy monitoring requirements on a large campus site may span everything from the traditional grid, to chilled water plants, to solar panels providing supplemental energy through on-site power plants.


Mobile Technologies: Driving Next Generation Communication Systems

Posted by Erik Dellinger

Mobile technologies are driving the next generation of centralized monitoring and communication systems, especially in the Agricultural industry and in other industries whose remote locations span vast acreage. Instead of physically visiting a remote site and wasting precious response time, engineers can respond instantly to alerts, alarms, or isolated changes in system performance with a few taps on their Smartphone, iPad, tablet PC, or computer connected to the Internet.


From the Bottom Up: Data on the Move - Part I

Posted by Tony Paine

Manufacturing and industrial automation environments have become increasingly complex. They house different types of equipmentalong with different manufacturing software applicationseach with a different purpose. Yet somehow, it all has to work together in order to solve real-world manufacturing objectives. On top of that, businesses are looking to utilize the data and information that these manufacturing systems produce.