P4A launches upgraded SCADA and HMI software package Movicon.NExT V4.0

The latest version of Progea’s most advanced SCADA and HMI software platform Movicon.NExT 4.0 has been released. The new version has further extended the platform’s scalable and flexible design, which spans from an individual HMI to a full SCADA system. The version 4.0 upgrade has also further improved Movicon.NExT’s user experience, designed to increase the…

The SCADA middle way: the best of both worlds?

Proprietary SCADA provided by automation vendors can be challenging to use, restrictive in choice and expensive. Alternatively, independent SCADA software, controls and comms architectures demand significant expertise and resources in system design and integration. So, is there a middle way in SCADA implementation? Carl Nash, Technical Director at Products4Automation, explains how an independent SCADA package…

New UK training facility for SCADA

Products 4 Automation (P4A) is now offering a range of new UK training options for its popular suite of Movicon SCADA products. Accredited by Progea, the software’s producer, P4A’s UK training schedule is tailored to match all levels of experience, from first time users with no prior SCADA knowledge through to expert Movicon 11 and…

Super-yachts turn to industrial SCADA for reliability, safety and passenger comfort systems

Modern luxury yachts are fitted with a huge number of electrical systems and Italian company Uniproget is using Progea’s Movicon industrial automation technology to integrate them into one simple-to-use system. Natalie Turner, Sales Director at Progea’s UK distributor Products4Automation (P4A), looks at how personal comfort and safety is ensured in a demanding luxury living environment.…

SCADA keeps on embracing new technologies to improve and extend its capabilities

Ethernet connectivity and HMIs have driven change through SCADA control systems, making them radically easier to design, install and operate, thus lowering the cost of ownership for operators. The physical appearance of SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) control systems has changed notably over the last 10 years, but then so have control panels… Traditionally…

Controlling a textiles factory… from home

A high-end producer of technical fabrics, Samuel Tailored Bonding, has extended its automation control system from the factory to the owners’ house. Using Movicon 11 SCADA from Progea, distributed in the UK through Products4Automaton, it has been made possible to take work home, even when that is manging an entire production plant. Samuel Tailored Bonding…

Cruise passengers stay cool with high tech HVAC control systems

Modern cruise ships are promoted as the epitome of comfort and luxury; hence, allowing passengers to adjust cabin temperatures to their liking is an essential part of the experience. With such a large number of rooms the HVAC control systems need to balance easy, responsive individual adjustment for hundreds of cabins with the main ship’s…

Increase production flexibility and efficiency with better batch management

As manufacturers across a broad range of industries look to optimise batch management, ease of control implementation and recipe functionality is a key concern. In-line with this requirement Progea’s Movicon.NExT SCADA software now provides advanced management modules that make it far easier to create and edit complex batch processes. Batch management and recipe execution are…

The role of SCADA in an Industry 4.0 environment

The era of Industry 4.0 heralds a model where individual production systems will no longer work in isolation but will be connected to business systems and be able to quickly adapt to changing needs. So, is there a place for SCADA in this emerging picture? As Carl Nash, Technical Director at Products4Automation, explains, SCADA is…

Control system grows with photovoltaic plant as Azerbaijan builds national renewable power network

Operators of a 22MW photovoltaic park in the Naxçıvan Autonomous Republic in Azerbaijan can control all its 8000 solar panels from one SCADA interface, which is designed to be easy and intuitive to use. The control system has been configured so that it is simple routine to accommodate extra equipment as the facility grows over…