Jeff Knepper


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Data Historian Pricing Comparison for OSIsoft Pi, Ignition, and Canary

Apr 22, 2020 11:24:44 PM / by Jeff Knepper posted in Canary Historian

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Data historians are key to an organization understanding their process, but some clients are worried about purchasing data historians due to cost.  This guide will price popular historian options like OSIsoft Pi, Canary, and Ignition by Inductive Automation.  Decide which data historian price is the best value.

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Automatically Discover New MQTT Tags and Group By Asset

Apr 20, 2020 2:12:25 PM / by Jeff Knepper posted in industry 4.0, Canary Historian, Canary Collectors, MQTT

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Some organizations constantly add new tags and assets to their operation.  If this is true for you, it is likely you or your team are spending too much time manually adding tags and assigning them to your asset model.  

Watch the video below to see how easy it could be!

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Understanding Your Data Historian Choices and Options

Apr 6, 2020 5:08:30 PM / by Jeff Knepper posted in Canary Historian, feature

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More than ever, companies are understanding the importance, and necessity, of the data historian. With so many database options available to you, it can be a bit confusing to work through your options.  This guide should make it easier to understand the choices you have when selecting a data historian for your industrial application.

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Automate Asset Discovery Using the Canary System

Apr 6, 2020 1:16:45 PM / by Jeff Knepper posted in Axiom, Canary Historian, Virtual Views

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Some companies deal with an ever changing landscape of devices and tags. Whether it be assets in the field, or entire plants that come online, if you can automate the discovery of new tags and assets you will dramatically decrease your workload while providing faster data access to your client tools.

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MQTT Sparkplug: Edge driven, report by exception, best-in-class IIoT.

Mar 31, 2020 2:21:43 PM / by Jeff Knepper posted in Canary Collectors

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If you would like a better understanding of MQTT, or are having a tough time wrapping your head around what is Sparkplug and how does it relate to MQTT, this post is for you!

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The Dangers of Data Interpolation and its Affect on Data Historians

Mar 16, 2020 2:25:25 PM / by Jeff Knepper posted in Canary Historian

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If you are serious about storing time series data, then you need to ensure you are storing that data in a way that is useful for your organization, not just today, but in the future as well.  When data historians use data interpolation, the reliability of the data archive can be compromised.

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URL Parameters for Axiom Create Endless Visualization Possibilities

Feb 24, 2020 5:16:06 PM / by Jeff Knepper posted in Axiom

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Often, Axiom trend charts end up face-plated or embedded within SCADA packages and provide crucial data to engineers via HMI screens.

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2 Ways to Access Event Data

Jan 21, 2020 2:14:15 PM / by Jeff Knepper posted in Events, Excel Add-in

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A lot of Canary System administrators want to offer their organization reports based on asset conditions.  Since Version 17, the Canary Data Historian has featured an Events service that will help you accomplish this task. 

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How To Lower Cost for SCADA and Data Historians

Dec 20, 2019 2:16:00 PM / by Jeff Knepper posted in industry 4.0, Canary Historian

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Battling inefficiencies and trying to save money is important to every industrial process. It is frustrating that most companies first have to invest a large amount of capital to equip themselves with SCADA solutions and data historians in order to find ways to run more efficiently.

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Finally, a Buzzword Worth Repeating

Sep 26, 2019 2:23:00 PM / by Jeff Knepper posted in industry 4.0, feature

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In an industry consumed by buzzwords, could there be room for yet one more?  Of course there is!  But hold your groans because this particular catch phrase has been doing serious, heavy-duty lifting for decades, and deserves your attention. 

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