Thursday, December 25, 2014

Now you can integrate MES & ERP without a fight

Invensys purchased Baan many moons ago and people started talking about pain-free MES to ERP integration. In a way, it has come true now but in a different direction through Wonderware Enterprise Integrator.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A sustainable Spanish "Smart City" with a little help from Wonderware

Download the new success story from Schneider Electric software and find out how the Smart City solution from Wonderware helps Spain's Ecocity Vadespartera Zaragosa.

“By powering the city’s remote monitoring and management system, Wonderware software addresses two key issues for the Valdespartera team: effective and efficient control and management of all municipal networks, as well as accessibility and analyzing of environmental impact of operations in an integrated manner.”

—Noelia Olona, Technical Area Manager, Ecocity Valdespartera Zaragoza

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Maintenance Suite

In a way, the idea of a maintenance suite is fully being realized right now with Avantis Enterprise Asset Management, the extension modules and Condition Manager.

For those who haven't got 24 eyes, 32 hands, and 12 legs

During the 1990's, we commissioned a lot of artists to do artwork that we used in our ads. This classic InTrack "screenshot" is one of them.

Over time, InTrack has evolved into what became...

Wonderware Manufacturing Operations Management

Enable Operations Excellence with Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)o, Workflow, Energy Management, Quality, Batch, Enterprise Integration and Mobile Workforce products from Wonderware. Increase operational efficiencies, quality, compliance and performance. Improve productivity through faster inventory turns, reduced production lead times and swifter new product introductions for faster return on investment and enhanced customer satisfaction.

Model and simulate batch processes before writing code

This is the iconic ad that came out in 1996 to promote Wonderware InBatch. It still rocks to this day my friends.

Wonderware InBatch software effectively manages flexible batch operations found in Process Industries and offers recipe modeling, batch execution automation, material genealogy, stringent security, batch history and web-based reports. InBatch facilitates the design and implementation of systems that are compliant with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 21 CFR Part 11 regulations.
InBatch is a control system independent batch management software developed to rapidly deploy and run revised or new product recipes without control system changes, reducing the time to market and recipe validation efforts in regulated industries. Maximized process equipment utilization and Return on Assets (ROA) is achieved through InBatch’s sophisticated batch control logic, designed for simultaneous multi-product and multi-stream batch execution on shared equipment.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A water solution worthy of Italy's Calabria Region

One of the benefits of the Wonderware solution at So.Ri.Cal. is alert the operators if there are possible problems on any device in the water/wastewater system. The notifications are prompt and conveyed visually so engineers know what to do right away without having to physically visit the site where the device is located.
The timeliness of these interventions is important - now pumps can be turned off promptly when the tanks are full, saving electrical energy and extending the life of the equipment. 
The status of the machinery is automatically collected and stored through Wonderware Historian and incorporated into the regular reports that the plant personnel receive on a regular basis.


A Flexible, Open and Scalable Platform 


The So. Ri. Cal. team wanted a high performance solution that would be reliable and withstand the demands of remote operation in the Calabria mountains, its forests and countryside. They wanted an open solution software platform that could evolve in the future without limitations. They wanted a solution that is easy-to-use and easy-to-learn.


So. Ri. Cal. selects Wonderware

“Wonderware gives us complete freedom for the future. We can focus on optimization and choose the most reliable and high-performance hardware without worrying. We have almost infinite scalability.”

Sergia De Marco, General Director, So.Ri.Cal. De Marco 

More information


For more information on this success story, you might want to check out the following links:
  1. Wonderware Supervisory Control
  2. Wonderware InTouch
  3. Wonderware System Platform
  4. Wonderware Historian
  5. Wonderware Historian Client

Monday, December 15, 2014

Efficient operation at Italy's Calabria Water

For over 30 years, the Società Risorse Idriche Calabresi (So.Ri.Cal.) has supplied drinking water to the people in the Calabria Region of Italy.
The agency is responsible for a far-reaching system that covers approximately 6,000 kilometers and is comprised of 200 aqueduct systems, four dams, 10 derivation crossbars, 14 wastewater plants, 300 lifting stations and almost 1,000 tanks.

In this region, as in most of the world, water conservation is emphasized. But the challenge is compounded by the geography of Calabria and the remote location of much of So.Ri.Cal.’s system. This is the mountainous area that forms the “toe” of Italy, and most of it is covered by high peaks and thick forests. Travel and communication with outlying parts of the system can be difficult.

Remote Control and Automation Requirements

Each year, So.Ri.Cal. sells 270 million cubic meters of water to towns throughout the provinces of Calabria. And while this measurement is accurate, the agency realized that it wasn’t able to determine how much water was being produced by the system overall.
Sergio de Marco, the general director of So.Ri.Cal. recognized the tremendous opportunity to improve efficiency by eliminating waste.
“Since we didn’t have real-time data, it was impossible for us to accurately identify waste. But we knew it was mainly due to leaks in the aqueducts, poor connections and overfilled delivery tanks, as the pumps are controlled and managed manually.”

Sergio De Marco, General Director, So.Ri.Cal.
So. Ri. Cal. decided to use Wonderware.

More information

In the next series of posts, we will be talking about the Wonderware success at Società Risorse Idriche Calabresi (Calabria Water Resources Society, Ltd).

Friday, December 12, 2014

Integrated Upstream Asset Management

Whether the asset is onshore or offshore, conventional or unconventional, oil or gas, considering asset development and utilization holistically can provide many advantages; the largest being economics

A Holistic View of Upstream Asset Development and Optimization

Download our new industry solution on Integrated Upstream Asset Management for more information.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Suite Freaks!

These 7 characters came out around 1997-98 as part of the Wonderware FacorySuite launch: Factory Four-Eyes (InTouch), Control Freak (InControl), Data Junkie (InSQL now Historian), Tracker (InTrack evolved into Manufacturing Operations Management), Batch Witch (InBatch), Scoutie (Scout became Information Server) and Server Dude (IO Servers now known as the Device Integration Servers).

Fast forward to 2014, Wonderware still rocks.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wonderware Historian successes in Japanese

Here are a few Wonderware Historian successes in Japanese. By the way, it's also available in 9 other languages.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Wonderware Situational Awareness

Better HMI designs provide true “Situational Awareness”, which leads to greater operator effectiveness and fewer shutdowns. Properly designed HMI applications help optimize both the business value and the safety of your system.

Visit the Situational Awareness page and download our free whitepaper to learn how these techniques make it 5 times more likely that an abnormal situation will be recognized than traditional techniques and discover how to get even more business value from your HMI and SCADA systems.

Monday, December 8, 2014

New Belgium Brewing Environment Excellence Success Story

For New Belgium Brewing, based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Environmental Stewardship has been a core value since the company's inception. As winners of the Environment and Safety Excellence award from Schneider Electric, New Belgium stands as a shining example of sustainable manufacturing.

New Belgium Brewing is the third largest craft brewery in the U.S., producing over 18 million gallons of beer annually.

In 1999, New Belgium Brewing became the first U.S. brewery to acquire 100% of its purchased electricity from wind power.

New Belgium Brewing uses Schneider Electric software with the help of Wonderware West to help their environmental and sustainability projects succeed.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Discover Wonderware System Platform

This video was done by Wonderware PacWest. It's a cool piece that shows the features of System Platform. If you have a few minutes, go ahead and watch it. One of the coolest product videos I've seen in a while.


Wonderware System Platform

Wonderware software is based on a distinctly unique, powerful and elegant approach to delivering what customers most need in their real-time industrial software systems.

Wonderware System Platform surpasses all other platforms in engineering simplicity, operational agility and information empowerment. It helps customers secure their future, protect the operational integrity of their plants, enhance the operational insight of their people and enables them to adapt easily and affordably to change. These are a few of the are many reasons Wonderware software is the world’s favorite and brings value to a number of organizations.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

F&N Dairies Thailand - a Wonderware MES Success Story

F&N Dairies Thailand, the largest canned milk manufacturer in the world, achieves significant savings in production, logistics and inventory costs with Wonderware MES software.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Operational Excellence at Bermuda Electric

Bermuda Electric Light Company Limited (BELCO) is Bermuda's sole supplier of electricity, operating a generating plant and transmission and distribution systems throughout the Island chain.

Its Mission: to provide a secure, reliable and sustainable electric power system for the people of Bermuda.

As BELCO begins work on its integrated resources plan for the next 20 years, its innovation and can do spirit will enable it to address the Island's development and energy issues, including renewable energy and sustainable development.

With a little help from Schneider Electric.