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The need for OT-centric cyber security strategies
Cyber security is consistently hailed as a top global concern for governments, individuals, and businesses alike. However, most rhetoric on the subject focuses on securing information technology (IT), rather than operational technology (OT). In this article Reinhard Mayr, Head of information security and research operations at COPA-DATA, examines the need for a different approach.
If you can’t think outside of the box — get rid of the box
For manufacturers looking to update their industrial automation system, there may be a significant obstacle in the way — the availability of PLCs.
COPA-DATA Group reaches revenue record
COPA-DATA closes the year 2021 with a revenue increase of 18.5 per cent. The business accredits its growth to the transformation towards sustainable production and ever advancing digitalisation in industry. In 2021, the company surpassed its record result from 54m euros in 2020 to global group sales worth 64m euros.
EDMS and the road to net zero
Industrial manufacturers are among the biggest energy consumers and contribute more than 30% of total greenhouse gas emissions. To mitigate this, the industry must find ways to reduce consumption
Golden bridge between research and practice
Innovation requires cooperation. In accordance with this guiding principle, industrial automation software provider, COPA-DATA has been collaborating with partners from industry and research for several years within the COPA-DATA Partner Community.
Climate crisis: management of photovoltaic power plants
The climate crisis requires urgent action as we need to significantly reduce our CO2 emissions to curb climate change and limit the average temperature increase to about 1.5°C. Here, Austrian ORF meteorologist, Marcus Wadsack states: "We are the first generation to feel climate change and the last to do something about it. We have the technology and the money, it would be negligent if we do nothing."
Brewing’s journey into automation
Britain’s brewing industry has expanded from a modest 1,218 breweries in 2012 to a colossal 3,018 in 2020 – with small and microbreweries accounting for over 80% of this figure. With the industry reaching a saturation point, Martyn Williams, Managing Director of COPA-DATA UK explains how digital tools can help small brewers compete in a bubbling market.
The latest measures in industrial cyber security
Cyber security is a pressing concern for manufacturers. According to the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA)’s 2020 threat landscape report, there are 203,000 new strains of malware created every day and, on average, it takes companies a worrying six months to detect a data breach.
The next step to carbon neutrality
According to a new Carbon Brief analysis, the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 were 51% below 1990 levels, largely down to the country’s COVID slowdown. The figures mean the UK is now halfway to meeting its target of net-zero emissions by 2050.
Flexibility and stability in the European power grid
According to Bloomberg, January 2021 saw the latest in a series of near misses for the European power grid, a sudden drop in frequency and narrowly avoided widespread power failure. Increasing reliance on renewable energy sources — while essential to lower CO2 emissions — also leads to a fluctuating energy supply.
The diversification dilemma in manufacturing
Smart, agile and fast thinking. Engineers are well positioned to adapt to business needs. Unfortunately, the same can’t always be said for the manufacturing facilities they work in. The last twelve months has demonstrated that the ability to diversify product offerings can provide a serious competitive advantage, but why are so many manufacturers struggling to adapt? Here Martyn Williams, Managing Director of COPA-DATA UK, has explained.&nb...
Today’s pharmaceutical manufacturing needs
Today, pharmaceutical companies are confronted with more frequent changes in production, but industry needs to ensure it is at the forefront of innovation in a time of a healthcare crisis. Here, Giuseppe Menin, Industry Manager at automation software supplier COPA-DATA, has explained why modular production is crucial for enabling more flexible pharmaceutical manufacturing.
Zenon 10 patform for the fusion of OT and IT
The events of the last 16 months have sharpened the focus on digital solutions and business models. The zenon software platform from automation software supplier COPA-DATA has helped companies to implement industrial IoT and digitalisation in the manufacturing and energy sectors. Now the company has published its latest major release: zenon 10, a more integrated, all-in-one version of the software platform.
Using industrial software to converge OT and IT
As Industry 4.0 drives businesses towards greater levels of data awareness and automation, OT and IT (operational technology and information technology) are merging together. The challenge is on for manufacturers to link ageing OT systems with new IT technologies, while also maintaining the highest levels of connectivity and security — but how? Here, Stefan Reuther, Chief Sales Officer at COPA-DATA, has explained why industrial softwar...
COPA-DATA hires new sales manager
Automation software supplier COPA-DATA has appointed Alexandra Hughes as Pharmaceutical Sales Manager. With a focus on the life sciences sector, Hughes will continue the expanding use of COPA-DATA’s zenon industrial automation software platform in the pharmaceutical sector.
Digital event for the pharmaceutical industry
Automation software supplier, COPA-DATA is hosting a new webinar for the pharmaceutical industry. The Data Integrity webinar, held on 18th March, at 09:30am (GMT), will help users understand the maintenance and assurance of data accuracy across digital systems that store, process and retrieve data. Giuseppe Menin, Industry Manager of COPA-DATA, will host the event. Registration is free, but spaces are limited. To secure your p...
DC applications on the grid: solving flexibility
In the late 1880s, Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla began a conflict known as the war of the currents. The two inventors and industrialists battled over whether Direct Current (DC) or Alternating Current (AC) should be used to distribute electricity. Ultimately, AC’s ability to work with transformers to easily increase and reduce voltage to transmit electricity across long distances won, and has reigned supreme for more than 100 years.
UK wind power plans unfeasible without tech investment
Industrial software expert, COPA-DATA has warned that Boris’ ambitious wind power plans must not overlook critical investments in software. During the conference speech, the prime minister pledged £160m for a new scheme that he believes will ‘power every home in the country’ with wind power within a decade.
Battery storage for zero emission cities
‘Range anxiety’ is a term coined to describe the worry of getting ‘stranded due to power loss’ when driving an electric vehicle (EV). The low power range of EVs is infamous and a reason the market has been slow to pick up speed. But, with the UK Government vowing to reduce emissions in cities, how can battery storage make EVs feasible for public transport? Here, Alan Binning, Regional Sales Manager at COPA-DATA UK, has exp...
Standards of power utility automation with multiple vendors
Industrial software supplier, COPA-DATA, is launching a new webinar series for the energy sector. The IEC 61850 masterclass will help engineers understand how COPA-DATA’s software platform, zenon, supports power utility automation with multi-vendor systems. In these webinars, Pascal Schaub, Director and Principal Engineer of DT Partners in Australia, teaches how to comply with IEC 61850, without having to write a single line of co...