Throwing Axes, That’s How We Team Build

Throwing Axes Team Building NeoMatrixIt is important for a company to demonstrate their core values, and this quarter we proved that the NeoMatrix team knows how to embody our “have fun” core value. This June, NeoMatrix booked a private event at Wicked Axe in Haverhill, MA where we enjoyed a fun, friendly axe-throwing competition.

We started the night with axe-throwing lessons where the instructors worked with us 2-at-a-time and taught us one-handed and two-handed throwing techniques. After our practice rounds, we broke off into two brackets and the tournament was underway. Read More

Publish Data to the Unified Namespace from a REST Client Using HighByte Intelligence Hub

Tech Tip Wonderware Historian Unified NamespaceWe are currently working with a greenfield food and beverage startup and are implementing a unified namespace. To put it simply, a unified namespace is a centralized repository of structured data in which any application or device can subscribe and/or publish data to.  In our case this centralized repository is an MQTT broker.

For plant floor device integration, we are using HighByte Intelligence Hub to model information from plant floor devices and ‘flow’ that data to the broker.

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Demystifying Ignition Architectures Part 1 – Mitigating Server Failures

Inductive Automation Ignition ArchitectureInductive Automation’s Ignition software is a SCADA platform which has grown in market share over the years. Most folks are familiar with Ignition’s server-based architecture and the benefits of the unlimited platform when it comes to tags, connections, and clients. The fact that Ignition is server-based adds inherent risks which many find troubling. Inductive has addressed this by creating a platform that has a plethora of options to mitigate these risks. This is the first of a two-part blog post to help demystify designing Ignition architecture to address risks to server and network infrastructure. Read More

Cyber Attacks on Critical Infrastructure and Industrial Control Systems  

Neomatrix Cyber Attacks on Critical InfrastructureGartner estimates that by 2025, cyber attackers will have weaponized a critical infrastructure cyber-physical system (CPS) to successfully harm or kill humans. In high-stakes sectors like water treatment, oil and gas delivery, and power distribution, an outage or delay in services due to cyber attacks on critical infrastructure can have a rippling effect. Looking at drinking water production or wastewater treatments as an example, an attack could result directly in citizens not having safe drinking water and sanitation, but it could also force the closure of hospitals and shutdown schools and government facilities. Read More

What is Unified Namespace

What is Unified NamespaceThe 4th Industrial Revolution is here and reshaping the plant floor through digital transformation. Access to real-time data, cloud computing, and machine learning are the driving forces behind Industry 4.0. I subscribe to iiot.university, created by Walker Reynolds and Zach Scriven from 4.0 Solutions, and I learned quite a bit about their philosophy on digital transformation and achieving that through a tool called the Unified Namespace (UNS).

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Congratulations to the NeoMatrix Team

Our core values define our culture and behaviors that we expect from all of our team members in order to deliver the highest level of service to our clients. These guiding principles help us to identify the “Right Person” as we hire talent, evaluate performance, and reward our employees. Each month we recognize our employees who have demonstrated these core values with a RAVE Award (Recognizing Achievements Values & Excellence). This month, we’re excited to recognize: Read More

TECH TIP: Automating SQL Server Backups with Wonderware Historian 2014 R2 and Later

Tech Tip Wonderware HistorianOver the past couple of years, we have upgraded several Wonderware Historian systems and ran into an issue which others may have run into as well.  Prior to Historian 2014 R2 (released in 2017), Wonderware Historian was packaged with MS SQL Server Standard.  SQL Server Standard allowed for the ability to schedule maintenance procedures such as database backups.  Post 2014 R2, the Wonderware Historian came packaged with SQL Server Express which lacks maintenance plans. Read More

Congratulations to NeoMatrix’s Automation Engineer of the Month

NeoMatrix Automation Engineer of the Month Justyn

Our core values define our culture and behaviors that we expect from all of our team members in order to deliver the highest level of service to our clients. These guiding principles help us to identify the “Right Person” as we hire talent, evaluate performance, and reward our employees. Each month we recognize our employees who have demonstrated these core values with a RAVE Award (Recognizing Achievements Values & Excellence).  February’s recognized team member is: Justyn Sterritt. Read More

Benefits of Standard Code Modules in Automating Manufacturing Systems

automating manufacturing systemsThe growing use of PLCs (programmable logic controllers), PACs (programmable automation controllers), and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems in manufacturing has facilitated the practice of standardized software to help plants get up and running with new processes faster and to maximize operational performance. Standardized software is a unit of code that has been developed, tested, documented, logged and controlled. If the code does not meet that criterion, it is not considered a standard. Read More

NeoMatrix Retrofits OEM Skids with ISA-88 and FactoryTalk Batch

FactoryTalk BatchNeoMatrix utilized Allen-Bradley programmable automation controllers (PACs) and Rockwell Automation’s FactoryTalk® Batch system to provide flexible, efficient solution.

A leading U.S. pharmaceutical company with offices throughout the United States and 17 other countries, the company wanted to expand its capabilities in its purification suite from “islands of automation” to a distributed control system. Read More