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Iron

Thank you all for attending and for your questions.

Iron

Caronte - So I can mainly speak to National Instruments approach through an integrated software and hardware platform for HMI and motion control. Through the use of LabVIEW software environment and our Reconfigurable I/O hardware we provide a single hardware and software platform to learn. You can learn more at ni.com/motion.

Iron

The show is now complete. Thanks much to Jonah Paul of National Instruments and thanks to our sponsors PTC and Mitsubishi Electric.

The audio portion and this chat will be available as an archive. The archives of all the Design News Radio shows are located here

Blogger

Sorry for the confusion, here is my previous answer to Otto's question:

It seems as though, especially in dealing with exisiting systems, that the industrial automation world is still fragmented if you look at a global prespective and I believe that is why it is important to have a universal protocol/communications medium between all the vendors. Again I go back to OPC and the new OPC UA protocol as one method to unify a diverse system through software.

Iron

In your opinion is there a gap between HMI and motion control? Control Logic is really investigated? Do you know if someone developed useful design patterns for industrial automation?

Iron

I categorize automation software debugging into two categories - those debugging tools that most often help during the development process and those that help when the software is deployed to the end hardware. In the development process debugging tools such as breakpoints, probes, and stepping tools are important to efficiently debug the functional behavior of your application. Then when you are ready for deployment there are debugging tools that hook into your application and tell you the developer how your program is executing in its actual environment (memory usage, harddrive usage, etc.).

Both these types of tools are important to have when developing an automation software application.

Iron

In an earlier question, Otto asked:

Are there software companies that are emerging as industry leaders or having an industry standard in automation software?

Blogger

Ah ok, yeah for CEP we have seen a number of customers utilize historians for both long term and short term trending for process optimizations as well as for monitoring of their machine life cycles. A good example from one of our customers Conical Mill can be found in this case study: http://sine.ni.com/cs/app/doc/p/id/cs-13377

Iron

How does automation software help with diagnostics and trouble shooting?

Blogger

We have definitely seen more interest in our products and in the industry for PLM - for instance with machine condition monitoring for predictive mantainence. For PDM, again as I mentioned in the audio protion of this program, around the idea of standardizing automation data and collecting it realtime to make more realtime decision.

Iron

My understanding is that CEP is about taking event and historical information from historians and other resources on the plant floor and using analytics to understand impacts and predict failures and such.

 

Blogger

Caronte had an earlier question:

Could you talk about software engineering methodologies, architectures or design patterns that improve reusability of code, please? Thank you

Blogger

Beth-Could you better define what you mean by "complex event processing" - is it in regards to analysis or event handling in an application?

Iron

Based on what you're seeing, how prevelant it is today for engineering platforms like PLM and PDM to be tightly coupled with manufacturing and automation systems? Is this still more of a pipedream or are companies making headway bridging these two worlds?

Blogger

Rob - if you look at the last five years we have seen a surge of operating systems and technologies come from the moblie/tablet world - such as Android, Apple's iOS, and Microsofts new Windows 8 operating systems. The focus of all of these environments is to make multi-touch user interfaces easier to use. I see this transitioning into the HMI world as well. So from a software prespective the automation applications will need a variety of HMI implementations to service the expectations of the users.

Iron

Beth Stackpole had an earlier question:

I've been hearing a lot about complex event processing. What kind of role does that technology have in the automated factory of the future?

Blogger

Also Ann if you want to read up more on the Vision applications that NI sees frequently there are a number of good case studies at: http://www.ni.com/vision/applications/

Iron

How have software developments affected HMI?

Blogger

To answer your question Ann. Just as you have seen in all aspects of our life - such as our cars - automation systems and processes are being optimized further through the integration of more sensors, emebedded computers and FPGA which then funnel their information to centralize data servers. These servers than can provide information to HMIs as well as to anaylsis tools.

Iron

It seems as though, especially in dealing with exisiting systems, that the industrial automation world is still fragmented if you look at a global prespective and I believe that is why it is important to have a universal protocol/communications medium between all the vendors. Again I go back to OPC and the new OPC UA protocol as one method to unify a diverse system.

Iron

I meant machine-vision software as well as hardware. Also, do you see more use of data about assembly and manufacturing processes, much of which can gathered and analyzed from inspection processes? 

Blogger

Are there software companies that are emerging as industry leaders or having an industry standard in automation software?

Iron

We have seen machine vision be used in other applications such as security and in conjuction with motion to better automate systems. This also goes back to the critical nature softare plays communicating between these different elements. But in general we still see inspection play a large part of the machine vision applications.

Iron

HI this is Ann, I had trouble logging in. What do you think about the increasing integration of machine vision in the automated factory, not just for inspection, but possibly also other uses? How about what I've read is better vision technologies on portable platforms like Beth mentioned?

Blogger

Could you talk about software engineering methodologies, architectures or design patterns that improve reusability of code, please? Thank you

Iron

wireless I/O, CPU's and HMI devices can produce huge benefits in saving copper wire and increasing flexibility.  How can we make s/w behaves in an deterministic way.

So if the boss indicates he is interested in this type of plant improvement, where do we go for more information?  Obviously National Instruments but who else would be a good point of contact?

Platinum

Hello everyone. I am central time so I should be able to hear this but nothing is being played.

Just wanted to comment on virtualization.... our company is testing a product now for virtualizing our HMI. It is happening in the automation process now.

How about tablets? Do you see a role for the iPad or other tablet types running mobile apps helping to monitor or control assets on the plant floor?

Blogger

I've been hearing a lot about complex event processing. What kind of role does that technology have in the automated factory of the future?

Blogger

How is software critical to design for manufacturability?

Blogger

Sorry I meant Virtualization...typo :-)

 

One issue is that whilst business logic in terms of ERP and data wharehousing etc. is well organised and protected, manufacturing software is not, whether it be comtrol logic SCADA or MES.  Their is little or no virulization, no centralised servers and version control not well managed.   What are your thoughts on how this can be improved?

Is there sound to the radio chat?

Iron

Welcome. Today's radio show begins at 2pm eastern. Please type in your questions at the best ones will be fed to our guest during the first 30 minutes, which constitutes the live RADIO discussion portion of the show. At 2:30 pm, our guest, Jonah Paul, will come onto this instant chat and answer your questions directly.

Blogger

IMPORTANT NOTE: IF YOUR COMPANY BLOCKS LIVE STREAMING AUDIO -- as a number of companies do -- YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO HEAR THE BROADCAST LIVE when it begins at 2pm eastern, in a streaming audio player which appears at the top of this page at that time.  You will have to come back and access it as an archive. The archive is posted later today. However, you may want to still stick around for the live chat with our guest; he will dive in at the 2;30 pm EDT mark.

Blogger


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