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The purpose of this article is to assist in the understanding of how Hirschmann's Industrial HiVision is licensed, how the software updates work, and how to work with existing licenses.
Our last Hivision Tech Tip covered the basics of HiVision such as discovering devices on the network which is great for Hirschmann devices but other devices on the network are not supported out of the box. This Tech Tip will show you how third-party devices can be integrated into HiVision.
We’ve all been there. Simply minding your own business when an 8-legged monster crawls out to say hello. Everything is a blur; adrenaline starts pumping and your fight or flight instinct kicks in. If you’re lucky then you made quick use of the coffee table book or resident Ugg boot and got to walk away unharmed and only mildly terrified.
When it comes time to decide between unmanaged and managed switches, it is important to understand the implications on the decision that forms the building blocks of your automation system. Let’s go over the differences to help you make an informed decision.
An industrial control system (ICS) operates on proprietary technologies designed to run autonomously for a long service life. The software and hardware on these older systems were often designed without security considerations because these systems were isolated within the factory. This isolation created a false sense of security despite numerous vulnerabilities that would make these devices open to a Cyber security vulnerability. This poor security design situation, coupled with a lack of awareness within industrial control systems still persists.
The automation of Australia’s industries has been in the works for some time now. Australia is a world leader in adopting mining equipment, which is unsurprising given our reliance on mining exports. Investment in automation and digitalisation is set to lead to a revival of manufacturing lost to more competitive producers.
A common request that comes up in remote industrial systems, is the ability to notify someone when certain events happen and for users that do not have a central platform for their distributed sites. Being able to monitor everything at once can be a difficult task. There are normally two options for this; Email or SMS.
One of Hirschmann’s best kept secrets is their Network Management System, Industrial HiVision. This software can configure, manage and monitor your industrial network and provide communication to industrial devices such as PLC’s and SCADA to allow end users to monitor process as well as their network infrastructure. There is even a free-use license for up to 16 managed devices which means every site with a managed network should at least be able to monitor the core part of their network.
Easily confused when choosing the best managed switch for your application? We get it, there are literally hundreds of choices out there, with only a handful of minor differences. To make it easier for you, we have condensed this list to 5 areas you should consider first.
Large-scale automation systems have been at the heart of production line control for decades. Now, driven by changes in consumer demands, an alternative plug and produce modular automation approach is emerging. For many production lines, particularly in the pharmaceutical, fine chemical and food processing sectors, modular-enabled automation could be the cornerstone of bringing to life the concepts embodied in the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0.
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