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Check out our new Infographic: Tips for Upgrading Your Citect SCADA!

We have built this handy Infographic to illustrate how to plan your Citect SCADA Upgrade.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, that’s why we’re letting our new Upgrade Infographic speak for itself. See a snapshot below.

Download the full Infographic for all the details. And be sure to get your copy of the new ‘Upgrading to Citect SCADA 2018’ guide (link in Infographic).

 

April 13th, 2018 - Authored by Brad Shaw

Scheduled for release in the next few months, Citect SCADA 2018 builds on a proud 35+ year history continuing its evolution from ‘can do’ to ‘just does’, with a load of innovations that continue to help customers optimize their digital transformation journeys.

With a focus on providing richer context in addressing Abnormal Situational Management (ASM) across a variety of industrial applications, some of the highlights of Citect SCADA 2018 include:

  • A dedicated Situational Awareness Workspace
  • An extensive library of configurable objects, including out-of-the-box faceplates
  • A wealth of native Alarm Management capabilities
  • Plus, a load of visualization and graphics enhancements

This upcoming release delivers on three strategic pillars, each of which we'll explore in further detail throughout a number of focused blog posts over the coming months:

  • Significantly increasing engineering efficiency and speed to production
  • Reducing operator distractions to deliver increased operator awareness
  • Increasing operational productivity and real-time decision making

We look forward to sharing more with you regarding the upcoming release of Citect SCADA 2018 in the coming weeks. In the meantime here’s a taste of what some of our beta customers had to say:

Customer Proof verified by TechValidate.

Read more feedback here: https://www.techvalidate.com/product-research/schneider-electric-software-citect-scada/facts

For more information on the upcoming release of Citect SCADA 2018 or anything related to Citect SCADA, don’t hesitate to contact the Citect SCADA Product team directly.

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Brush up on Citect SCADA 2016

By Samantha Serna, Global Support Engineer

Need help with upgrading your SCADA Expert Vijeo Citect / CitectSCADA* to v7.30 and beyond?

We have compiled a presentation that offers some recommended procedures, hints and tips for managing a successful SCADA upgrade. It covers:

1. Why should you upgrade?
2. Choosing the right version
3. Standard process for standalone systems
4. Special considerations for post v7.30 upgrade
5. Online upgrade step-by-step
6. Restoring historic data
7. Upgrade tools
8. Potential issues and how to troubleshoot them

Click here to view the presentation on SlideShare. 

* Note: As of v7.30, there is no functional difference between the SCADA Expert Vijeo Citect and CitectSCADA versions of the product. They share the same code base and the only difference is in the name and branding.

June 6th, 2017 - Authored by Deb North

image012This short tutorial is designed to give you an insight into exactly what makes configuring your projects so seamless in Citect SCADA 2016 and how Citect Studio, our new integrated activity-based development environment delivers a faster, more intuitive configuration experience.

Simple project configuration:

Replacing Citect Explorer and the Project Editor, Citect Studio simplifies project configuration allowing you to create a logical representation of your plant environment, with the modern UI technology helping save you valuable time in project engineering and development.

Ease of navigation:

The activity-based user interface within Citect Studio (accessible via the Activity Bar is divided into several Activities such as Project, Topology, System Model and Deploymentallowing you to access different functions through a single interface helping to minimize engineering time and accelerate your time to value. Within each function/activity, the Activity Menu allows you to configure different aspects of theactivitywith specific menus, with the Command Bar helping save time providing you several options for performing specific tasks within that activity. 

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The Activity Bar image004 on the left of the screen (highlighted in the image above) also displays a set of icons with tooltips for easy identification, that provide access and seamless navigation to various project engineering activities such asProjects, Topology and Security. Selecting the project icon image005 then displays the relevant Project activity with associated icons and descriptions. The Activity Bar remains visible at all times and allows the following tasks to be performed:

  • Run, compile and deploy the current project
  • Switch to an editor for example, the Graphics Builder or Cicode Editor
  • Set options forCitect SCADA
  • Access the Online Help

Seamless Project Editing & Maintenance:

The highlight of Citect Studio is the Grid Editor with powerful user-friendly grid functionality helping to drive efficiency by simplifying project editing and maintenance. The Grid Editor tabulates topology, system model, security and standards information in numbered rows, saving time while giving you the flexibility to change the way data your data is displayed as well as allowing you add, edit or delete values individually or in bulk.

image006Within the new Property Grid, properties within a selected record are displayed next to the Grid Editor where you can easily update values, alarms, variable tags and equipment across your entire project hierarchy.

Additionally the ability for bulk editing of multiple records helps streamline project maintenance, where a change made to a single record can be seamlessly propagated throughout the system.

As a default, properties of the selected item are displayed in categorized mode, however you can customize the Property Grid for each value with the icons highlighted on the image at left and as detailed below:

  • To collapse specific categories, click image007.
  • To expand specific categories, click image008.
  • To return to the list view, click image009.
  • To view properties as a categorized list, click image010.

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To action bulk editing and simultaneously edit values in multiple rows:

  • Select the rows that you would like to edit as highlighted above, by select the first row and holding the Shift key while you select additional rows with a mouse-click or with the up or down arrow keys.

(If any corresponding fields in the selected rows share common values, these values will appear in the Property Grid. If selected field values are different, the text "Values differ" will be displayed for the corresponding fields in the Property Grid. However, you can edit such fields in the Property Grid or through the Grid Editor).

  • To edit the values for the selected rows, enter the changes in the fields in the Property Grid and press the Enter key. Your changes will appear in the Grid Editor.
  • Click Save to keep the changes, or Discard to undo them.

More on Citect SCADA 2016 Configuration:

If you’re interested in finding out more about what our customers are talking about and how you can also benefit from seamless configuration of your projects within Citect SCADA 2016, be sure to have a closer look at some of our dedicated resources below:

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We look forward to continuing this tutorial series with the next article focused on the steps involved in achieving efficient project deployment with Citect SCADA 2016.

image013Authored by Deb North, Marketing Communications Manager, Software (SCADA)

Deb is a passionate marketing communications professional based at Citect’s global R&D headquarters in Sydney Australia. With more than 20 years’ experience within the marketing arena, Deb has amassed a wealth of expertise within the industrial automation sector having held a variety of marketing and communication management roles within the Citect and Schneider Electric software business over the past 10 years. In her current capacity Deb is responsible for managing the global marketing strategy and sales enablement activities for the SCADA software suite and is the conduit between corporate, product management, field services and end customers.

Email Deb at 'deb.north@schneider-electric.com'.

by Simon Rooke, Global Support Team Manager

The topic of license point counts came up in our SCADA & MES LinkedIn group some time ago, particularly relating to how the points are counted in SCADA Expert Vijeo Citect and how best to estimate the actual point usage of a project. This generated quite a discussion among group members and while it is detailed elsewhere such as the product help and knowledge base, I figured  it is a subject worth revisiting here.

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