Software & IT

Citect appoints global CEO

23 April, 2008

Citect, a leading international real-time intelligence and industrial automation software company, has appointed Christopher Crowe as chief executive officer.

The case for condition-based maintenance

09 April, 2008 by Matrikon Inc. | Supplied by: Matrikon Asia-Pacific

Keeping physical assets in proper working order is essential to any organisation. Today, most maintenance is still performed either according to a set calendar schedule or according to that most ancient of operating procedures: “if it breaks, fix it”. But in a modern, data-intensive industrial environment we can do much better, and take plant performance to the next level with condition-based maintenance (CBM).

USB data acquisition modules

20 February, 2008 | Supplied by: Interworld Electronics and Computer Industries

Interworld Electronics supplies a range of USB data acquisition modules including multi-function analog I/O, analog output, digital relay output, TTL I/O, isolated input and counter timer modules.

Factory scheduling software

21 January, 2008 | Supplied by: SYSPRO

Syspro has released a range of factory scheduling software to provide the ability to schedule production in factories to a detailed level.

MES the way forward for manufacturers

20 December, 2007

Increased regulatory pressure is forcing manufacturers to improve production agility, enhance reporting capabilities and reduce overall costs by investing in manufacturing execution systems, according to a market analysis by Datamonitor.

Design software update

17 December, 2007 | Supplied by: Autodesk Australia

With the release of Autodesk Inventor Service Pack 1, Autodesk Inventor software is fully supported on the Windows Vista operating system. Customers with Inventor 2008 and Windows Vista will enjoy the native support of the Microsoft Direct3D application programming interface, the underlying graphics technology for Windows Vista and all 64 bit Windows systems.

Discrete-event simulator

17 December, 2007 | Supplied by: MathWorks Australia

The MathWorks has introduced SimEvents 2, which now supports the modelling of complex discrete-event and hybrid dynamic systems across the Simulink family of products.

Alarm management: realising the value

14 December, 2007 | Supplied by: Matrikon Asia-Pacific

The alarm system is the primary tool for identifying abnormal operations and helping plant personnel take timely, appropriate action to move the process back to operational targets

Toyota and Denso committed to model-based design

14 December, 2007 | Supplied by: MathWorks Australia

Toyota and Denso have been using model-based design and automatic embedded code generation technology by The MathWorks for simulation, modelling and code generation products in their production software development programs

Tackling the Seven Deadly Wastes

16 November, 2007 | Supplied by: QMI Solutions

Waste is the enemy of any process. By identifying and eliminating it, you can transform your company into a leaner and, ultimately, a more profitable organisation

Trends in security incidents in the SCADA and process industries: a summary — Part 2

20 October, 2007 by Glenn Johnson*

In Part 1 of this article we discussed the findings from the Industrial Security Industry Database, which indicated a significant rise in cyber attacks on SCADA, manufacturing and processing systems.

Trends in security incidents in the SCADA and process industries: a summary — Part 1

20 September, 2007 by Glenn Johnson*

Historically, critical infrastructures and manufacturing processes have been monitored and controlled using industrial control and SCADA systems that have operated in isolated environments. These control systems rarely shared information with outside systems, and were typically composed of proprietary hardware and software components designed specifically for control operations.

Production data collecting

18 June, 2007 | Supplied by: Honeywell Building Solutions

The LETS machine interface (LMI) operator terminal enables information to be collected from production machines and fed to Honeywell’s line efficiency tracking software (LETS).

Plant safety and asset availability driving asset management strategy

02 April, 2007

A formal, strategic, integrated systems approach can help reduce cost, provide higher security and lower risk, according to new research.

SAP and IBM join forces

19 March, 2007

SAP Australia and IBM Australia today announced an agreement that will see IBM and its Business Partner network take SAP all-in-one industry-specific ERP solutions to the local mid-market.

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