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Dashboards & Displays

5 Effective Ways to Reduce Downtime in Manufacturing

September 15, 2022

Reducing downtime increases productivity, lowers costs, and decreases accidents. Downtime tracking software can be utilized to help reduce downtime. K...

Dashboards & Displays

Real-Time Gap Tracking Systems for Manufacturing

August 11, 2022

Go beyond a typical gap analysis with a real-time gap tracking dashboard. Minimize manufacturing gaps such as operational cost or waste by creating ga...

Dashboards & Displays

Data Historian: Still The Right Choice For Your Manufacturing Data

August 2, 2022

Both established operational data historians and newer open-source platforms continue to evolve and add new value to business, but the significant dom...

Dashboards & Displays

Developing Effective Manufacturing Operations Management Systems

July 4, 2022

Manufacturers use a variety of tools and systems every day to manage their process from start to finish. It is critical that these systems can provide...

Dashboards & Displays

How to Perform a Manufacturing Gap Analysis

June 12, 2022

Minimize manufacturing gaps such as operational cost or waste by performing a gap analysis with process data. In this article we will walk through the...

Dashboards & Displays

Time-Series Database vs. Relational Database vs. Data Lake

May 1, 2022

The most important differences between relational databases, time-series databases, and data lakes and other data sources are the ability to handle ti...

Process Manufacturing

IT/OT Convergence in Manufacturing is Easier Than You Think

August 10, 2021

IT/OT Convergence and corresponding buzzwords are all over the place. If you are in manufacturing, chances are you have seen ads and read articles lik...

Process Manufacturing

Best Pi ProcessBook Alternatives [2022]

July 18, 2021

Now that PI ProcessBook is headed toward extinction, many engineers & operators in the process industries are faced with the challenge of replaci...

Process Manufacturing

How to Implement 5 Whys Root Cause Analysis in Manufacturing

May 7, 2021

One of the easiest ways to explain why you should implement 5 whys root cause analysis problem solving at your plant is simple: the cause of the probl...

Data Visualization

dataPARC vs PI

April 11, 2021

In the process industries, optimization is the key to efficiency. And efficiency is what leads to profit – allowing manufacturers to produce mor...

Data Visualization

Digital Transformation Roles & Responsibilities in Manufacturing

March 31, 2021

Where do we start in digitizing our manufacturing operations? one may ask. While there is no easy answer, the solution lies in starting not from the t...

Data Visualization

Integrating Manufacturing Data: 6 Combos for Process Analysis

February 17, 2021

Integrating manufacturing data in a plant is necessary for many reasons. Among the most important is getting relevant data to various departments quic...

Dashboards & Displays

Digital Transformation in the Process Industries: 5 Stages

December 2, 2020

The digital Transformation – everyone and everything is a part of it in some way. In the 20th century, breakthroughs in technology allowed for the eve...

Data Visualization

Predictive Modeling in Manufacturing: PLS vs PCA

November 10, 2020

Predictive models are extremely useful in monitoring and optimizing manufacturing processes. Predictive modeling in manufacturing, when combined with ...

Data Visualization

Deviation Analysis in Process Manufacturing

August 27, 2020

Deviation analysis is a routine form of troubleshooting performed at process manufacturing facilities around the world. When speed is imperative, a ro...


Five Reasons You Should Attend dataPARC’s Virtual Conference

July 7, 2020

Five Reasons You Should Attend dataPARC’s Virtual Conference. 1. You won’t have to take any time off to attend. We are happy to present this year’s us...

Data Visualization

Data Analysis Basics: Uncovering the Impact of Covid-19

May 20, 2020

How Does Information Answer Questions? Does the information you find always answer the right questions - the questions that you want answered? If you...

Data Visualization

Time Series Anomaly Detection for Manufacturing Processes

April 11, 2020

One of the problems in process manufacturing is that processes tend to drift over time. When they do, we encounter production issues. Immediately, man...

Dashboards & Displays

Covid-19: How to Support Manufacturing Operations Remotely

March 24, 2020

If you’re like us, you’ve likely been sent an email or told in meetings that part or much of your company staff will now work remotely. Testing for r...

Dashboards & Displays

HMI Design Best Practices: The Complete Guide

February 18, 2020

Most modern manufacturing processes are controlled and monitored by computer based control and data acquisition systems. This means that one of the pr...

Data Visualization

dataPARC – Intuitive Powerful and Connected

December 18, 2019

A lot goes into running a mill, plant or other process operation and a lot depends on running these operations efficiently. We can all agree that thos...

Process Manufacturing

Improving OEE: Analyzing The 6 Big Losses

October 20, 2019

Overall Equipment Effectiveness, or OEE, has several benefits over simple one-dimensional metrics like machine efficiency. If you are not meeting dema...

Process Manufacturing

Digital Twin Solutions in Process Manufacturing

September 11, 2019

In a previous blog post, we explained that contemporary marketing language or buzz words can create confusion. One example of a common buzz word that...

Dashboards & Displays

How To Get Your dataPARC Training Approved – Four Strategies That Will Work

March 28, 2019

New training dates have been added so now is the time to register for your dataPARC training held in Vancouver Washington just across the river from b...

Process Manufacturing

Energy Management in Manufacturing: Monitoring Consumption

March 14, 2019

All forms of commerce require energy. Industrial processing and manufacturing facilities tend to be the largest consumers, but even service industries...

Process Manufacturing

Rethinking Data Compression For Process Historians

January 12, 2019

Most people are familiar with compressing data files so that they require less memory and they are easier to send electronically. Similar concepts are...


2018 dataPARC User Conference – A Recap

November 29, 2018

The 2018 dataPARC User Conference was a success! Held in Portland Oregon from October 15-18, people traveled from all over the world from six differen...

Data Visualization

Process Alarm Management Best Practices

October 1, 2018

The purpose of process control alarms is to use automation to assist human operators as they monitor and control processes, and alert them to abnormal...

Data Visualization

Easily Integrating Maintenance Information With A Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)

September 4, 2018

One of the challenges facing industrial process manufacturing is the growing number of data sources. Examples of these data sources could be shift ...

Data Visualization

What Makes Good Visualization Software For Data Historians?

July 25, 2018

There are many different systems available for storing and analyzing manufacturing process data. A historian is a database application that provides a...

Process Manufacturing

Tech Terms Part II

June 21, 2018

As mentioned in our previous article, technical terms continue to change and evolve. Below are more terms we found useful to know and understand and t...

Process Manufacturing

Five Reasons You Should Attend The 2018 dataPARC User Conference

June 5, 2018

It is that time of year again, time to gather with your peers and talk about some of the great benefits of dataPARC software. This year’s dataPARC use...

Process Manufacturing

Soft Sensors In The Process Industry

April 25, 2018

The process industry is an industry that is consistently changing as processes are refined and innovative technologies are always changing the process...

Process Manufacturing

Tech Terms Today – What The Buzzword Was That?

March 28, 2018

Buzzwords have always been a part of technology but recently it seems the usage has exploded. At the same time usage is growing, the terms themselves...

Process Manufacturing

Aggregating Manufacturing Data for Accurate Analysis

February 26, 2018

The first step toward understanding and optimizing a manufacturing process is to collect and archive data about the process. Ideally, the system used ...

Historian Data

Advantages Of A Plant Wide Information System

January 31, 2018

When it comes to operating a continuous manufacturing process of any kind, it is beneficial to have the maximum amount of data. Simply collecting and ...

Process Manufacturing

A Guide To Reporting And Notifications With A Data Historian

November 30, 2017

Historian packages were originally intended to be a support tool for operating personnel. Current and historical data was constantly displayed on a de...

Process Manufacturing

Benefits Of Calculated Variables

October 31, 2017

As an engineer in a manufacturing facility, you are excited that management has purchased and implemented a plant wide Information Management system, ...

Data Visualization

What Makes A Great User Interface?

August 30, 2017

We all experience user interfaces on a daily basis whether in our cars, on our mobile phones or on our personal or work computers. A user interface is...


The 2017 dataPARC User Conference Was A Networking And Learning Success Story

June 20, 2017

Over 121 people gathered for the 2017 dataPARC User Conference in beautiful Portland, Oregon from May 15 through the 18th. Attendees traveled from Can...

Process Manufacturing

Version – Get The Scoop On This Minor Release

June 16, 2017

This version is a minor release improving on the features in the 5.5.2 series. NEW FEATURES Centerline Added ability in Centerline Config to...

Process Manufacturing

Static, Live Or Dynamic – Which Report Is Best?

February 1, 2017

In the digital age there are so many options for how to best share information. Whether it is flashing across your screen, or filling your inbox, repo...

Process Manufacturing

Welcome To 5.5

July 24, 2016

Coming off nearly another year of sleep deprivation our developers are pleased to announce the completion of PARCview’s next major version, 5.5! Si...


Why We’re Implementing The OPC UA Spec. – And How It Will Benefit Our Customers

March 15, 2016

Going back 15 years now, dataPARC had the notion of a “Process Area” that allowed tags from multiple systems to be organized by Asset, providing filte...


OPC UA: A Framework For The Industrial Internet of Things

February 29, 2016

The ISA 95 spec and OPC UA companion standard provide a model that allows software programs to exchange all the relevant information throughout a manu...

Dashboards & Displays

Using Process Displays For Troubleshooting

February 17, 2016

A lot of time and effort goes into the construction of the HMI screens and other display screens that are used to monitor and control production proce...


Convince Your Boss To Send You To PARCtraining: 4 Strategies That Will Work

February 10, 2016

The New Year is starting and now is the time to book your PARCview training session. With the new training calendar rolling out this is the perfect ti...

Process Manufacturing

PARCview & Display Technology

January 5, 2016

Most of us take for granted the rapid advance of “technology”. Computers get smaller and faster, cell phones turn into smart phones, smart phone capab...

Process Manufacturing

Data Historian Reporting Best Practices

December 9, 2015

Historian packages were originally intended to help operators and engineers understand and operate manufacturing processes. Current and historical dat...

Process Manufacturing

Benefits Of Calculated Variables In Process Manufacturing Analysis

October 27, 2015

As an engineer in a manufacturing facility, you are excited that management has purchased and implemented a Plant-wide Information Management system, ...