Wonderware releases bring HMI into managed applications world

To ensure harmony between its past and future—i.e., to support the installed base even as it moves firmly into the plant SOA era—Wonderware introduced in early September version 10.0 of its InTouch human-machine interface (HMI) software, which “brings it into the world of managed applications,” and version 3.

10/01/2007


To ensure harmony between its past and future—i.e., to support the installed base even as it moves firmly into the plant SOA era— Wonderware introduced in early September version 10.0 of its InTouch human-machine interface (HMI) software, which “brings it into the world of managed applications,” and version 3.0 of its System Platform.

Use of PCs running Microsoft operating systems to manage industrial processes began 20 years ago with a handful of software vendors—with Wonderware among the first to market. Today a business unit of Invensys , about 450,000 Wonderware software licenses can be found in more than 100,000, or about one-third, of the world's plants.

Commitment to Microsoft technology remains central to Wonderware's business, but just as Microsoft has become much more than a provider of PC-based software applications, Wonderware extends Microsoft infrastructure elements for industrial use and has solutions to manage multisite plant production and performance, not to mention dams in China, communications networks in Greenland, and airports in Spain.

Most recently, the advent of services-oriented architecture (SOA) is leading to fundamental changes in plant operations software in which point solutions or even loosely bundled manufacturing execution system (MES) suites are being replaced by application suites based on common services platforms.

Invensys' ArchestrA, based on a Microsoft .NET kernel and wrapped with a layer of industrial services, is at the core of the Wonderware System Platform. Wonderware Production and Performance Management software modules sit atop the platform. Common services include distributed applications processing and deployment; record keeping by the Wonderware data historian; and content integration via Web portals.

“What we have,” says Wonderware President Mike Bradley, Sr., “is production execution and performance practices joined in a single, scalable system, including a robust system platform, and functional modules for batch operations, work-in-process, and quality management—chosen by the user based on the scope of the engagement.”

What's new

What Wonderware now has done is make InTouch software the universal visualization client for the System Platform, while ensuring backwards compatibility for all generations of InTouch HMI applications.

In addition, all Wonderware applications, including InTouch HMI, are now served by a common, collaborative development environment, called the Wonderware Development Studio, used to configure and extend applications, and that reflects in its approach the growing involvement of IT departments in plant-based projects that were traditionally the exclusive domain of engineering.



Newly announced Wonderware System Platform 3.0 software supports consistent operations across facilities through use of a hierarchical data model that by abstracting physical equipment and systems becomes a powerful production application development environment.

“This is one of the biggest InTouch software releases ever, and a huge time-saver for those of us in the development world,” says Bill Sherwood, president, Progressive Software Solutions , an industrial automation systems integrator and Wonderware ArchestrA Certified integrator, “with InTouch software becoming a networked application based on a common, collaborative development environment, use of standards in deploying and propagating distributed applications, and incorporating powerful scripting for extensibility that together will result in at least a 25-percent savings in development time.”

Intelligent graphics capabilities in InTouch 10.0—along with direct support for Microsoft .NET technology—enable enterprisewide visualization for real-time applications.

Don't touch my InTouch

Wonderware VP of Development Pankaj Mody notes that beginning with the release of InTouch 9.5 software, its integration with ArchestrA was deepened, and within 15 months of that release about 125,000 upgrade licenses had been issued. Yet faced with the prospect of further opportunities, users insisted they didn't want to see “their” InTouch changed so as to invalidate existing applications howsoever far back in time they might stretch, leading to Wonderware's commitment to backwards compatibility.

Thus, the two major releases are said to be the culmination of more than 115 person years of development time, and to have led to inquiries by corporate bean counters as to the thousands of dinners provided to developers working late into the night over the course of the last several years.

Rick Bulotta, Wonderware VP and CTO, who recently rejoined the company following stints with Lighthammer and SAP , says what's impressed him most about what Wonderware is doing now is “the extensibility of the Wonderware System Platform via smart graphical objects that have real intelligence and power in managing and extending applications.”





The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by Control Engineering subscribers. Vote now (if qualified)!
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
HMI effectiveness; Distributed I/O; Engineers' Choice Award finalists; System Integrator advice; Inside Machines
Women in engineering; Engineering Leaders Under 40; PID benefits and drawbacks; Ladder logic; Cloud computing
Robotic integration and cloud connections; SCADA and cybersecurity; Motor efficiency standards; Open- and closed-loop control; Augmented reality
Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) represent the logic (decision) part of the control loop of sense, decide, and actuate. As we know, PLCs aren’t the only option for making decisions in a control loop, but they are likely why you’re here.
This digital report explains how motion control advances and solutions can help with machine control, automated control on assembly lines, integration of robotics and automation, and machine safety.
This article collection contains several articles on how advancements in vision system designs, computing power, algorithms, optics, and communications are making machine vision more cost effective than ever before.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Control room technology innovation; Practical approaches to corrosion protection; Pipeline regulator revises quality programs
Cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by Control Engineering subscribers. Vote now (if qualified)!
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
HMI effectiveness; Distributed I/O; Engineers' Choice Award finalists; System Integrator advice; Inside Machines
Women in engineering; Engineering Leaders Under 40; PID benefits and drawbacks; Ladder logic; Cloud computing
Robotic integration and cloud connections; SCADA and cybersecurity; Motor efficiency standards; Open- and closed-loop control; Augmented reality
Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) represent the logic (decision) part of the control loop of sense, decide, and actuate. As we know, PLCs aren’t the only option for making decisions in a control loop, but they are likely why you’re here.
This digital report explains how motion control advances and solutions can help with machine control, automated control on assembly lines, integration of robotics and automation, and machine safety.
This article collection contains several articles on how advancements in vision system designs, computing power, algorithms, optics, and communications are making machine vision more cost effective than ever before.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Control room technology innovation; Practical approaches to corrosion protection; Pipeline regulator revises quality programs
Cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by Control Engineering subscribers. Vote now (if qualified)!
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
HMI effectiveness; Distributed I/O; Engineers' Choice Award finalists; System Integrator advice; Inside Machines
Women in engineering; Engineering Leaders Under 40; PID benefits and drawbacks; Ladder logic; Cloud computing
Robotic integration and cloud connections; SCADA and cybersecurity; Motor efficiency standards; Open- and closed-loop control; Augmented reality
Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) represent the logic (decision) part of the control loop of sense, decide, and actuate. As we know, PLCs aren’t the only option for making decisions in a control loop, but they are likely why you’re here.
This digital report explains how motion control advances and solutions can help with machine control, automated control on assembly lines, integration of robotics and automation, and machine safety.
This article collection contains several articles on how advancements in vision system designs, computing power, algorithms, optics, and communications are making machine vision more cost effective than ever before.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Control room technology innovation; Practical approaches to corrosion protection; Pipeline regulator revises quality programs
Cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me