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Software upgrade allows for encrypted project management

Software upgrade allows for encrypted project management
Delivering a host of new features, many the result of feedback from the user community, Products4Automation has announced the release of Progea Movicon.NExT SCADA version 3.2. The free upgrade Version 3.2 of Movicon.NExT brings improvements to the workspace, the user interface and the Historian, as well as adding new functions to screens and improving the performance of drivers. It also brings updated recipes and implements security on encrypted project management.
30th November 2017

New level of sophistication brought to paint spraying machines

New level of sophistication brought to paint spraying machines
Paint spraying machine users can now benefit from easier set-up, reduced down-time and an assurance of future proofing in the wider production environment, thanks to Progea’s Movicon control and visualisation software. Based in Imola, Northern Italy, CELFA is a manufacturer of computerised paint spraying machines. The company applies advanced technology and automation solutions that combine the highest levels of spraying quality and precision with an energy saving and eco-friendly design.
13th November 2017

Taking heat treatment to the next level

Taking heat treatment to the next level
Developed in the Italian city of Varese near Milan, by Refrattari Brebbia Srl, the innovative steel heat treatment process is based on a Movicon SCADA control system, available in the UK through Production4Automation. Heat treatment is a vital part of metals production, and is used to harden and strengthen steel to various levels. Discovered literally hundreds of years ago, it is now a highly developed industrial/scientific process and on-going innovations continue to improve product quality and operational efficiency.
9th October 2017


Upgrade refines Italian biodiesel production

Upgrade refines Italian biodiesel production
Italian producer of refined biodiesel, Fox Petroli, has optimised its production process by investing in Movicon SCADA, available in the UK through Products4Automation. The upgrade has enabled the green fuel producer to meet increased demand for its biodiesel product, with improved production management. Located in Vasto in the Abruzzo region of the west coast of Italy, Fox Petroli built its name refining oil by-products, but in recent years has focused on the development of environmentally friendly fuels.
26th September 2017

‘Aye aye captain SCADA!’

‘Aye aye captain SCADA!’
Instant and accurate man overboard location is just one of many features that SCADA technology is offering to transform the safety and comfort of pleasure sailing. Products4Automation’s SCADA expert Paul Hurst casts an over of the technology transfer from industrial process plant to luxury yacht.
21st August 2017

Latest SCADA development embraced in P4A seminar

Latest SCADA development embraced in P4A seminar
  A flurry of industrial control and automation installations is a result of a training seminar based on Movicon NExT, the leading edge SCADA package available from Products4Automation (P4A).
2nd August 2017

Controlled heat treatment provided through Movicon SCADA

Controlled heat treatment provided through Movicon SCADA
Using a control system based on Movicon, the modular SCADA solution, accurate energy efficient heat treatment for the rollers used in heavy duty tracked vehicles such as earth movers has been achieved. Paul Hurst of Products4Automation (P4A), the UK representative for Movicon says the installation has been so successful that the technology is to be extended to other lines in the plant.
17th July 2017

What is pushing the development of ‘future-proof’ SCADA?

What is pushing the development of ‘future-proof’ SCADA?
  With the role of SCADA changing within the industry, it pays for plant managers to become familiar with the trends that are shaping the development of next-gen SCADA systems. With modern technology pushing operating capabilities ever further, what key features will denote ‘future-proof’ SCADA?
7th July 2017

Biomass power station aims for zero carbon footprint

Biomass power station aims for zero carbon footprint
Italy's largest agricultural biomass power plant has opened, integrating four 1MW generators using Movicon SCADA technology for control and visualisation for efficiency monitoring. The SCADA system is providing the information required to provide power for 10,000 homes while offsetting the carbon generated by the plant with the carbon consumed by the in-feed crops as they grow, resulting in a target zero carbon footprint.
2nd June 2017

What will the next generation of SCADA look like?

What will the next generation of SCADA look like?
The death of SCADA as a technology was predicted by pundits around 30 years ago, they said it would have no place in the plants and factories of the future. However, look at it now. Contrary to this the technology has constantly evolved in line with user requirements, and indeed continues to evolve. Paul Hurst, Managing Director of Products4Automation (P4A) vendors of the Movicon SCADA Suite explains what the next generation of SCADA will bring to the party.
19th May 2017

Viability of thermodynamic solar power is proven

Viability of thermodynamic solar power is proven
  Multiple sites around the world are considering thermodynamic solar power following a successful trial of the technology outside Seville in Spain. The plant reliably produces 400MWh of clean energy per day regardless of weather conditions, thanks in part to a Movicon 11 SCADA control system.
4th April 2017

Verifiable energy savings offered in SCADA platform

Verifiable energy savings offered in SCADA platform
There is a demand for businesses to adopt an energy policy that increases efficiency, and this demand has grown exponentially over the last few decades. And new legislation, rising fuel prices and changing industry standards all require companies to monitor and control their energy consumption with higher accuracy. 
24th March 2017

Choosing your database option has never been more simple

Choosing your database option has never been more simple
Imagining a current automation system working without the capacity to use some sort of database technology is difficult. The process data needed for effective control and analysis in order to improve productivity is becoming more and more extensive. The result is that SCADA systems are needed not simply to perform their traditional supervisory control and monitoring role, but also to provide a platform to process, manage and store big data.
2nd March 2017

Marking a 25th birthday with a new SCADA product

Marking a 25th birthday with a new SCADA product
  Celebrating its 25th birthday is Progea, and the company has used the occasion to mark the release of NExT, a new SCADA product designed from a clean sheet to address the needs of SCADA applications of the next generation.
20th January 2017

Keeping users interested with easily adaptable SCADA graphics

Keeping users interested with easily adaptable SCADA graphics
Being easy to drag and drop in the design process in one quality that makes pre-set graphics attractive, especially ones that are easy to link to standard inputs, but it all contributes to make great looking SCADA screens. But they also need to be easily adaptable to custom requirements to keep users engaged. Paul Hurst of Products4Automation examines key trends in SCADA screen designs.
19th December 2016

Swipe to unlock the full power of mobile devices

Swipe to unlock the full power of mobile devices
The ability to control and monitor critical plant from a smartphone or tablet computer is proving highly beneficial to plant production, management and maintenance personnel alike. SCADA systems are now able to support this current advance in industrial control, as Paul Hurst of Products4Automation (P4A) explores.
12th December 2016

Robot control brought to tissue packing line

Robot control brought to tissue packing line
Providing great operator flexibility, the new control system at Northwood and WEPA’s tissue paper manufacturing plant in Bridgend is installed on a robotic packing station. By using Movicon SCADA software, the system integrator has completed the project at a very competitive cost, whilst also adding the ability to record and visualise comprehensive production data.
3rd October 2016

Software technology oriented towards future technologies

Software technology oriented towards future technologies
Software technology to meet the needs of emerging applications requiring higher levels of data analysis and a greater numbers of access points from Progea has been introduced by P4A. Built from the ground with technologies such as .NET, OPC UA and HTML5, Progea’s Automation Platform.NExT is oriented towards technologies of the immediate future.
23rd September 2016

Malting barley plan more efficient thanks to SCADA system

Malting barley plan more efficient thanks to SCADA system
A new control system being used to synchronise heat systems that include biomass boilers have effective site-wide energy management as a key function. Supplying some of Scotland’s leading distilleries, a grain drying and storage facility has installed a new Movicon SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system from Products4Automation (P4A) to consolidate series of plant upgrades and expansions.
14th September 2016

Software on tablets leads to smart devices on the plant floor

Software on tablets leads to smart devices on the plant floor
Opening up the use of smart devices on the plant floor, is the ability to run Movicon SCADA/HMI software on tablets. These devices now offer visualisation and control of any Movicon HMI or SCADA supervision station using a simple browser, but they must be suitable protected for the production environment.
25th August 2016


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