The Functional Specification: Critical before, during, and after a Project

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A functional specification, or functional spec, is a vital document to any project. It ensures that all parties, the integrator, the system designer and the end customer, are all in agreement on how the system is supposed to work. While it may seem that a functional spec is only useful at the beginning of a […]

What’s Included in a Functional Spec?

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A functional specification, or operational spec, is a document that outlines all aspects of a project’s programming requirements. It is essentially the guide that directs the programmers on how the system is supposed to function, providing value before, during and after the project.  To truly be effective, the functional spec needs to be extremely specific; […]

User Training: Schneider Electric EcoStruxure Control Expert (Unity Pro)

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Join us for a rapid training session and overview of Schneider Electric’s Ecostruxure Control Expert (Unity Pro). After watching this webinar, you will: Understand the basic setup Compare EcoStruxure Control Expert against other common programming software Learn advanced configuration tips Find out from Schneider Electric about some of the new and upcoming product features to be aware […]

Webinar: Practical Tips for Industrial Cyber Security

Are you up to date with keeping your facility secure?  Are you keeping up with the latest risks, strategies and standards? In this webinar, you will learn: How to work with IT and OT teams to build a strong, capable network 9 fundamental concepts you should use to build and secure your network Trends in […]

Specifying Hardware and Software for a Modern SCADA System

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How do I decide on hardware and software for a new SCADA System? The best place to start is with the end in mind.  Sometimes that might mean designing the entire system, but often that is as simple as thinking through – and maybe writing down – all of the functionality and requirements you’d eventually […]

Don’t get hacked! – Audit and Secure your Operational Technology Environment

A recent network hack intrusion out of the City of Oldsmar FL illustrates the importance of a solid network security protocol within operational technology systems. In the Oldsmar case, an unknown hacker gained access to the city’s water control SCADA system and attempted to “poison” the water supply by increasing the levels of sodium hydroxide […]

Best Practices for SCADA Networking 

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The three most important structures you must get right when setting up SCADA networking for cybersecurity are: Network segmentation Firewalls User privilege management   While there are many other improvements that can be made as a part of an overall defense-in-depth strategy, these three structures will set the base of a strong, cyber-secure SCADA system. […]

How to Eliminate SCADA Obsolescence

Obsolete SCADA systems are a common industry problem.  Parts aren’t supported, you’ve used your last spare, and you’re left to search eBay to get your system running again.  Or, you have so many alerts that technicians have stopped paying attention to them at all.  You want to modernize your system, but your funds are tapped […]

Engineering Manager Chris Schleich on CSIA’s Talking Industrial Automation Podcast

Recently, our Engineering Manager Chris Schleich participated in a discussion with CSIA’s Lisa Richter on the state of automation in today’s economy. Check out the video below to see Chris’ answers to questions like, “Are you seeing an increase in work or how otherwise has the pandemic impacted your business or your plans for 2020?” […]

Schneider Electric Re-Brands PlantStruxure to EcoStruxure

Schneider Electric recently re-branded their “PlantStruxure” IOT offering to “EcoStruxure Plant” as part of their internal global re-branding project. Moving forward, Schneider is planning to place greater focus on their initiatives to promote efficiency and sustainability, leveraging the EcoStruxure branding to widen the scope from a “Plant” focus to a much broader “Ecosystem” focus. EcoStruxure […]