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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.


Building Highly-Available Automated Systems with Redundancy

Posted by Ray Labbe

Redundancy is something that every company strives for in their automated process, but is one of the hardest functionalities to implement successfully. Companies across the globe are working with solutions comprised of disparate devices, HMI/SCADA systems, historians, and MES systems—each of which has various support for integrating a redundant solution. As an Applications Engineer at Kepware, I have the privilege of answering the question, “How can we implement a redundant automated solution?”

I’m happy to say that by leveraging Kepware’s portfolio of products, redundancy is possible even for customers with unique environments. One of the tools we provide is Media Level Redundancy, an advanced option for KEPServerEX that is supported in Master drivers and drivers that do not require third-party interface cards or library files. Accessed in KEPServerEX through the driver's Device Properties | Redundancy tab, Media Level Redundancy (MLR) was enhanced in the June 2015 release of KEPServerEX version 5.18.


Minimize the Risk of Unscheduled Downtime with Kepware

Posted by Erik Dellinger

True Downtime Cost (TDC) varies considerably from company to company because there are so many variables that affect the bottom line: your industry, what you produce, your employee count, and so forth. In fact, one Automation.com survey puts TDC between $1 and $100,000,000 for companies with 0-300 employees in industries like automotive, food/beverage, injection molding, machinery, metal products, and paper.