Did You Know? How to Setup a Heartbeat Message in OmniServer

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Sep 20, 2018 2:00:00 PM

As you probably know, OmniServer is used to retrieve information from devices that use ‘non-standard’ protocols to communicate such as weight scales, barcode readers, and printers.

In some situations, device protocols need to be designed to where the client application (HMI, SCADA or other), and not OmniServer, is in complete control of the polling. But before you send out the next message, how do you know if the device is still connected?

In this first post of a follow-up to our "OmniServer Did You Know?" blog series, we will cover how to create what is known as a heartbeat message to confirm your device is "listening" before sending the next message.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration, Protocols, OmniServer, OmniServer Did You Know

Linux MES to OPC Operations Data Integration in Aluminum Smelting Operation

Posted by John Weber on Sep 13, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Recently we worked with an aluminum smelter operation that has doubled in size since it first opened and has made a significant positive impact on the local economy by supplying aluminum to local industries which has fueled their growth.

Like any growing business, this user is always seeking ways to improve operations and reduce risk of downtime. In the end they need to deliver returns to their shareholders while continuing to support the local community, all of which requires consistent predictable operational results.  In this blog post, we'll cover how they used an off-the-shelf solution for integrating varied systems to reduce life cycle costs.

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Topics: Case Studies, OPC, OPC DA, DataHub, Mining/Metals

Video Tutorial: EFM Export for PGAS, Flow-Cal & Generic CSV and Database

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Sep 6, 2018 2:00:00 PM

If you're in the oil and gas industry, you're aware that, flow computers and devices from different vendors store historical EFM (Electronic Flow Measurement) data that is used for analysis, custody transfer and production optimization.  To that end, oil and gas companies use several EFM flow measurement analysis packages such as Flow-Cal, Quorum PGAS or even CSV or SQL to store and analyze that collected EFM data.

In this video blog, I'll show you how to get started using our EFM Exporter plug-in for TOP Server to poll and export collected EFM data from various flow computers for Wonderware applications.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration, TOP Server, Video Tutorials, EFM, Flow-Cal, PGAS

Video Tutorial: Using OmniServer with Wonderware Historian via SuiteLink

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Aug 30, 2018 2:00:00 PM

OmniServer's connectivity and data parsing capabilities are only part of how OmniServer helps with integrating non-standard devices with Wonderware.  How does the device data actually make it into Wonderware?

In this video blog, part of a series on connecting Wonderware to OmniServer, I'll show you how to make a basic SuiteLink connection from Wonderware Historian to OmniServer for historizing process data from all of your "other" devices where there isn't a standard, off-the-shelf driver - all without the cost and effort of having to write a custom driver.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration, OmniServer, Video Tutorials, SuiteLink

Video Tutorial: Using OmniServer with InTouch via SuiteLink

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Aug 23, 2018 2:00:00 PM

OmniServer's connectivity and data parsing capabilities are its primary job; however, they are only the part of how OmniServer helps with integrating non-standard devices with Wonderware.  How does the device data actually make it into Wonderware?

In this video blog, part of a series on connecting Wonderware to OmniServer, I'll show you how to make a basic SuiteLink connection from Wonderware InTouch to OmniServer for integrating process data from all of your "other" devices that don't have a standard, off-the-shelf driver - and all without the expense and headaches of having to write custom code.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration, OmniServer, Video Tutorials, SuiteLink

Namibia Brewing – Enterprise Data Integration Update & Award

Posted by John Weber on Aug 16, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Earlier this year, we shared the story of how Namibia Breweries Ltd is using off-the-shelf open OPC software in their operations management system.  In that story, we shared how we had learned making beer in one of the world’s driest places takes some unique approaches to power sourcing, water management, and really all resources.

We visited with Namibia Brewing again recently when they attended the X-Change 2018 conference in the beautiful Central Drakensberg region of South Africa.   I had the chance to sit down with Annemarie Kruger, Renaldo Du Pisani, and Andre Engelbrecht and, in this blog post, you'll learn about how they have continued to evolve their system since I visited their site in 2017.

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Topics: Wonderware, Case Studies, OPC, DataHub, TOP Server

Video Tutorial: EFM Collection for OMNI Flow Computers

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Aug 9, 2018 2:00:00 PM

If you're reading this, you're probably aware that, in the oil and gas industry, flow computers and devices from different vendors store historical EFM (Electronic Flow Measurement) data that is used for analysis, custody transfer and production optimization.  OMNI Flow computers are frequently used EFM devices for both gas and liquid EFM applications.

In this video blog, I'll show you how to get started using our OMNI Flow Computer driver to connect and gather real-time and EFM data from OMNI Flow Computers for Wonderware applications.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration, TOP Server, Video Tutorials, EFM, Omni Flow

Top 5 Dream Report Features to Be Excited About in the Current Release

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Aug 2, 2018 2:00:00 PM

In case you aren't familiar with the Dream Report reporting solution from Ocean Data Systems, Dream Report is a real-time report generator that is quickly and easily configurable via a very easy-to-use interface with a ton of flexibility relating to not only collection and archiving of data and alarms but also for analysis and options for report generation.

In this post, I'm going to go through five of the key features released in 2018 for Dream Report and how they benefit you, either as an existing Dream Report user or as a process industry professional looking at reporting solutions.

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Topics: ODBC, reporting, Excel, Dream Report, OSIsoft

Video Tutorial: Using OmniServer with System Platform via SuiteLink

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Jul 26, 2018 2:00:00 PM

While OmniServer's core connectivity and data parsing abilities are its primary function, they are only the first step to integrating non-standard devices with Wonderware.  How does that device data then make it up into Wonderware?

In this video blog, part of a series on connecting Wonderware to OmniServer, I'll show you how to make a basic SuiteLink connection from Wonderware System Platform to OmniServer for integrating process data from all of your "other" devices that don't have a standard, off-the-shelf driver - all without the expense and headaches of having to write custom code.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration, OmniServer, Video Tutorials, SuiteLink

Video Tutorial: Using OmniServer with System Platform via OPC

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Jul 19, 2018 2:00:00 PM

OmniServer's core connectivity and data parsing abilities are only part of the equation when integrating non-standard devices with Wonderware.  How does that device data then make it up into Wonderware?

In this video blog, part of a series on connecting Wonderware to OmniServer, I'll show you how to make a basic OPC DA connection from Wonderware System Platform to OmniServer for integrating process data from all of your "other" devices that don't have a standard, off-the-shelf driver - all without having to write custom code.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration, OPC, OPC DA, OmniServer, Video Tutorials

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