The Lua Scripting Engine

Written by Edward Spink on Tuesday, 04 July 2017. Posted in General

The Lua Scripting engine is an integral part of system:inmation’s design. Fully embedded within the system, it allows the user to completely customize the management of their data network.

Do you wish to combine the output of multiple real-time data streams and compare it with historical data? Or selectively browse a large OPC server namespace and return only the items you’re interested in? Perhaps you want a fully automated KPI dashboard that shows daily, weekly and monthly aggregates for all of the above data sources? The Lua scripting engine can achieve all this and more.

Although this sounds impressive, it can also be a little daunting to begin with and raises some questions. What is Lua? Why would I want to customize my system anyway? And how do I even get started?

Firstly, what is Lua and why does system:inmation use it? The Lua scripting language was specifically developed to integrate with software and provide scripting functionality. It is fast, lightweight and relatively simple making it ideal for use with real-time data applications and great for beginners. This flexibility makes it easy to fully automate tasks or perform actions on demand.

In system:inmation Lua scripts are attached to data processing objects that execute the scripts. Depending on the object, a script could be executed once, periodically or when triggered by another item or action. Scripts can be written directly into the DataStudio script editor and executed in real time.

But why customize the system anyway? Well, even though system:inmation has a comprehensive set of configuration options, every data network is different and the way data is gathered and how the user wants to use that data differs from system to system (and user to user). Customizing the system to provide specific information of specific type to each user provides great benefits in productivity and efficiency. Customization naturally includes the automation of tasks and actions, saving the user time and your organization money.

Sounds good so far, so how to get started?

Unbegrenzter Datenfluss in Echtzeit

on Friday, 19 May 2017. Posted in Press Release, General

Nominiert für den Innovationspreis: CTS GmbH, Burgkirchen

Published at Wirtschaftszeitung by Mechtild Angerer

Freie Bahn den Prozessdaten: Die Firma CTS und inmation präsentieren eine Software, die die Vernetzung einzelner Produktionseinheiten und -standorte auf ein neues Level hebt.

BURGKIRCHEN. Totale Vernetzung, Internet der Dinge, Cloud Computing, Big Data und webbasierte Tools: Es ist der ununterbrochene Datenfluss, der die Produktion des 21. Jahrhunderts — Stichwort „Industrie 4.0" — zu bestimmen scheint. Doch die Betonung liegt auf „scheint", denn derzeit wird dieses Ziel noch sehr unvollständig erreicht. Ein Grund dafür ist der bunte Strauß an Softwares und Systemen, die in den meisten Unternehmen für die verschiedensten Anwendungen eingesetzt werden. Sie sind nicht nur jeweils verschieden neu und damit auf unterschiedlichen Aktualitäts- und Performance-Levels, sondern unterscheiden sich auch im Grad ihrer Integrationsfähigkeit.

Successful First inmation User Group Meeting

on Wednesday, 07 December 2016. Posted in General

Powers of 10 – Size is only half of what matters

Written by Timo Klingenmeier on Friday, 29 April 2016. Posted in General

People often talk about size. “Mine’s bigger” is a frequent boast when people gather to have cocktails and talk about their new PC with 11 CPU cores, or their gargantuan movie collection (burned legally from their purchased DVDs of course), their 6-wheel drive Humvee 7 with Dual V-12 engines, or even their favorite Gillette razor with 10 blades (here, feel this).

Size does indeed matter. The Internet of Things (IoT) has ushered in an area without upper bound on the size of the ever-growing recoded history about the world around us. “Big Data” is now a convenient euphemism for this information explosion, and every technology provider is rushing to proclaim how their platform is “bigger” and “better” than their competition. To succeed in today’s Analytics-driven world, it is not enough to be bigger. You also have to be smaller!

Today, inmation makes the bold claim that we are smaller than all of them. Curious? Read on!

system:inmation featured by ARC Advisory Group

on Thursday, 29 October 2015. Posted in General

Published at ARC Advisory Group by Constanze Schmitz and Valentijn de Leeuw

inmation and Transpara Demonstrate Cloud-based NoSQL database for Operational Intelligence

When the Internet started it had 11 nodes, today this number is estimated to exceed 15 billion. Consumers access the internet through mobile phones, PCs, tablets and their TV. Industrial companies connect increasing numbers of equipment ranging from computers and machines to field devices and sensors. As a result the collected data has grown exponentially over the last years and is expected to grow further to support developments such as increased use of sensors sparked by Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0. Until the end of the 1990s data flows were predominately outbound, while these days data flows in increased quantities in both directions. While storage and computing power have become relatively cheap, bandwidth can be a limiting factor.

The 10 Million Tag System aka the Enterprise Control Foundation

Written by Timo Klingenmeier on Tuesday, 12 May 2015. Posted in General

Published at SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) International

Today, we want to talk about scale. Scale matters in the real-time information world. Scale matters with process data. Scale matters for large enterprises.

For the ones of you, who have not spent the last years close to automated production and control systems: The term “Tag” refers to a named item or object in this domain – usually associated to some moving data properties and classified by a certain designation system. Designation systems in industry can be compared to stock market tickers. Everybody understands that MSFT.NAS refers to the share price of Microsoft at the NASDAQ stock exchange. Similarly, a control engineer understands that TC40101.PV is the current process value of the controlled temperature of tank 10 in area 40 of a distinct production plant. Or so. Unfortunately, industrial designation systems are not finally regulated on a global scale, as stock ticker symbols are. Money always wins.

Press Release: World’s First NoSQL Process Historian

on Tuesday, 21 April 2015. Posted in Press Release, General

Published at

Product release: inmation presents the next generation of industrial system integration middleware based on the leading NoSQL database - MongoDB

(PresseBox) (Cologne, 21.04.2015) The inmation Software GmbH, based near Cologne, Germany, today announces the release of its new software product system:inmation. system:inmation is a centrally configurable and horizon­tally scalable data middleware system with historian and infrastructure features. It is specifically designed to meet today's increasing requirements of production system real-time data connectivity and system integration simplification. These requirements are catalysed by the prospering Industrie 4.0 and Smart Factory trends. Offering scalability options for all service layers, the product eases the complete and cost-effective enterprise-wide integration between production process, technical analysis, MES, BI and ERP layer.

NoSQL meets Industrial Mass Data

Written by Timo Klingenmeier on Tuesday, 18 November 2014. Posted in General

Published at

I am writing this whitepaper at the near end of a two-year software product development cycle. It is not about the joy (and sometimes) pain my team and me were having throughout this endeavour. It is not about how great our new product is, we leave it up to our customers to decide.

It is about NoSQL, being consequently used as the general database technology underneath our real-time architecture. system:inmation collects data from a huge variety of purely industrial systems – Devices, Control Systems, HMI, SCADA, you name it. It also collects data from generic ‘not-so-real-time systems’, such as classical relational databases or structured files. It finally consolidates the different data and turns everything into a large, multi-server OPC Unified Architecture model, historizes all kinds of structures and exposes this consolidated namespace in a secure fashion to third-party applications on Enterprise IT level.