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Smartphones changing the face of industrial control

Being able to control and monitor critical plant from a smartphone or tablet computer is proving to highly beneficial to plant production, management and maintenance personnel alike. SCADA systems are now able to support this current advance in industrial control, as Paul Hurst of Products4Automation (P4A) explores. Smartphones, tablet computers and other similar mobile devices…

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SCADA in the next 30 years

Paul Hurst, MD independent UK SCADA and HMI vendor Products4Automation (P4A). Industrial SCADA is undergoing a step change right now, with the move from proprietary code to next generation technologies such as compatibility with SQL Databases and Cloud Computing .NET, OPC UA and HTML5. This is part of moving towards a more connected world and…

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Automation Platform.NExT delivers support for industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is a concept that has shaped automation dramatically since its conception at the 2011 Hannover Fair. Attaining a ‘smart factory’ requires total interoperability and the utmost transparency of information between devices – which means SCADA software is required to be more versatile than ever before. These requirements have been carefully considered by Progea,…

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Movicon SCADA helps creamery generate power from cheese waste

A new anaerobic digestion plant built by Lake District Biogas at First Milk’s Aspatria creamery site in Cumbria has been installed to generate bio-methane. It is producing over £3m per year in cost savings, while supplying up to 25% of the creamery’s energy requirements. Providing full control and visualisation of the system is a Movicon…

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New SCADA system brings efficiency and flexibility to Scottish malting barley plant

Effective site-wide energy management is a key function of the new control system which is being used to synchronise heat systems that include new biomass boilers. A grain drying and storage facility that supplies some of Scotland’s leading distilleries has installed a new Movicon SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system from Products4Automation (P4A) to…

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Next generation SCADA/HMI platform is oriented towards future technologies

P4A has introduced a revolutionary new SCADA/HMI software technology from Progea to meet the needs of emerging applications requiring higher levels of data analysis and a greater numbers of access points. Built from the ground up on next generation technologies such as .NET, OPC UA and HTML5, Progea’s Automation Platform.NExT is an innovative platform oriented…

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Low cost SCADA brings robot control to tissue packing line

A new control system installed on a robotic packing station at Northwood & WEPA’s tissue paper manufacturing plant in Bridgend is providing great operator flexibility. By using Movicon SCADA software, the system integrator has completed the project at a very competitive cost, whilst also adding the ability to record and visualise comprehensive production data. Northwood…

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Ruggedised tablet and keyboard for the plant floor

The ability to run Movicon SCADA/HMI software on tablets has opened up the use of smart devices on the plant floor. These devices now offer visualisation and control of any Movicon HMI or SCADA supervision station using a simple browser, but they must be suitable protected for the production environment. As a result Products4Automation (P4A)…

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Cost-effective touch panel SCADA package

Products4Automation (P4A) has packaged its Vision 600 series IPCs with Movicon 11 SCADA/HMI software to provide a highly cost-effective, ready-to-run and simple to deploy touch-screen SCADA solution. The solution combines the powerful Movicon 11 SCADA software platform with Vision 600 Intel Celeron-based touch panels running Windows 7, delivering fully featured SCADA with high resolution graphics,…

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Scalable SCADA can run on any size of device

As ideas such as Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things (IoT) develop and start to influence automation systems currently being designed and built, it is almost inevitable that they will include Raspberry PI and other similar micro devices somewhere in their development and final system architecture. Therefore there is an emerging need for SCADA systems…

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