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In Memory of Dick Morley

“Every so often, a person comes along who changes the way we live our daily lives, and things are never the same again. They represent a paradigm shift: they cause a permanent change in our idea of what is possible.” –Rick Caldwell, 2016 CSIA Executive Conference Dick...

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SCADAware to host WAGO training course

Employees of SCADAware and representatives from interested client companies will enjoy a one-day, customized automation technology I/O system training course led by a WAGO instructor. The hybrid lecture/hands-on course will cover a variety of topics, including an...

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Choosing an Enclosure Size: Measure Twice, Install Once

Blog Post by Dan Peifer, Senior Engineer Engineering specifications for many projects can be enormous.  Enclosure specification is just one of many things that can be overlooked with potentially costly repercussions. You’ve no doubt heard the old adage, “Measure twice...

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Cloud Services for Manufacturing and Industrial Applications?

Blog post by Kevin Garman, Project Engineer at SCADAware Everyone is talking about the cloud these days. What is the cloud and should I consider using it? There are pros and cons to consider, and choosing incorrectly could be damaging if not fatal to a company. What...

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Four Ways to Balance Security and Usability in SCADA Systems

Blog post by Kevin Garman, Project Engineer at SCADAware Security breaches are becoming an almost daily occurrence.  No useful computer system is truly safe from attack, but just a few basic precautions can go a long way.  Complete security cannot be guaranteed, and...

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The Benefits of Automating Grain Facilities

Blog post by Tracy Morgan, Project Manager, Ottawa, IL Office Many small to medium sized grain handling facilities, unlike most large facilities, do not incorporate any kind of PLC or automated control system to run and monitor the facility.  Instead, they incorporate...

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Where Did That PLC Button Go?

A Pesky CoDeSys Problem with a Secret Solution Blog post written by Kurtis Liggett, Project Engineer at SCADAware When using the CoDeSys software for programming WAGO PLCs, it is sometimes necessary to upload the source code from the PLC. Normally, this is done by...

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Understanding HOAs to Avoid Confusion for Plant Personnel

  Blog post written by SCADAware Senior Engineer, Josh Z. Niemi One of the most basic, yet often misunderstood, components of a control system is the simple HOA (Hand-Off-Auto) switch. Undoubtedly there are many installations in which multiple control switches...

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