The Factry Blog

Some insights from what we do.


Why I joined Factry - Mirella Vaxevanidi

  by Mirella Vaxevanidi on 2020-06-17

It’s already been more than a month since I started working for Factry as Customer Success Manager. An ideal moment to share why I joined the company and what I have learned so far! Background During my earlier functions, I experienced the industrial world with the eyes of an automation engineer and I acquired deep knowledge on PLC and SCADA applied in the sectors of Oil&Gas, Food, Waste Energy and Packaging in Belgium, Greece and the Netherlands.

Create a visual representation of any process and replay historical data on top of it, by combining the Grafana flowcharting plugin with a replay script.

Factry and Helioscreen in the news

  by Frederik Van Leeckwyck on 2020-06-04

Modern, open software helps companies keep track of production while working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Various news agencies picked up the story of Helioscreen, a producer of solar shading fabrics. We link a couple of articles in this post.

For years, large-scale yet closed software platforms ruled the world of Industrial IT, as only they could guarantee both maximum performance and reliability. Today, open source tech is rapidly changing the way industrial companies think and strategise. What does this shift toward open source mean for them? And which opportunities are still left to explore?

A concept of 40 years old and well-established practice should have inspired an abundance of practical case studies, you might think. Well, unfortunately, the internet is not exactly the treasure chest for the case study raider. In this post, I share 3 real-life cases and take-aways.

Introducing the Untimely Grafana Panel

  by Pieterjan Lambrecht & Frederik Van Leeckwyck on 2020-03-17

In this blog post we describe the Untimely Grafana panel for displaying time series data in function of length instead of time. It is meant for the reader with a basic understanding of Grafana plugins and ideally with an industrial use case.

Tutorial: How to build an InfluxDB query using Flux?

  by Frederik Van Leeckwyck on 2019-12-17

Read an advanced use case for Flux: a new language for query building in InfluxDB, the time series database behind Factry’s open source Historian.

Visit Factry at ABISS 2019 on 3 Oct. 2019

  by Frederik Van Leeckwyck on 2019-09-24

On October 3rd 2019, Factry welcomes you to ABISS, Belgium's leading trade show on Industrie 4.0 and digital industry.

Podcast: OPC-UA and InfluxDB in industrial settings

  by Frederik Van Leeckwyck on 2019-09-16

On this episode of The New Stack Makers, TNS Founder & EiC Alex Williams sits down with Jeroen Coussement, Co-founder & CEO, Factry to focus on the use of OPC-UA and InfluxDB in industrial settings.

Flux in the industry: 3 real world IIoT examples

  by Frederik Van Leeckwyck on 2019-09-10

In this post we describe 3 real-world cases where Flux brings new and meaningful insights into time series data collected from industrial equipment, ultimately supporting improved decision making.

We hosted Time Series Belgium

  by Frederik Van Leeckwyck on 2019-03-25

Factry hosted the second Time Series Belgium event on March 12th in Ghent, Belgium. About 25 time series enthusiasts gathered at our office in Ghent to listen to Alexey Velikiy's talk about open source business models and his own project for time series pattern detection called Hastic. Next, our very own Jeroen Coussement took the stage to explain how time series enables Vleemo to optimize their wind turbine operations.

Exposing InfluxDB data over OPC-UA

  by Jeroen Coussement on 2019-02-28

Introduction At Factry we’ve got a few years of experience with getting data out of industrial control systems. Recently, one of our clients asked us: “We’ve got some algorithms that send their results to InfluxDB. Can you get this data back to our SCADA system?‘. Basically, this means the opposite of what we typically do: instead of getting data out of the control system, can we get the data back into it?

In a previous article, Process Historian for Small Businesses , we have talked about the disruption that is occurring in industry, where the use of open technologies and open source, is extending the tool belt of every production manager and plant engineer. Using new technologies, we can provide a Process Historian that was previously only affordable for large companies in captital-intensive sectors - such as Oil and Gas, and the Pharmaceutical industry.

However, a Process Historian is still an investment, of both time and money, that requires a clear and thorough evaluation of its value, to answer the important question:

*“What will we gain using a historian?”*

Factry joined the InfluxDays 2018 in London last week, where we were introduced to a new and exciting addition to the Influx ecosystem: Flux. Flux is a new functional language that will allow users to gather complex data from the Influx database. As it sparked our enthusiasm immediately, we wanted to share our excitement with you in the form of a short introduction.

The principle behind the founding of Factry was to make the power and efficacy of the Process Historian non-exclusive to multinational corporations, and to make it accessible for small and midsize businesses as well. In this article, we will outline why the time is ripe to bring the new Industrial Revolution to these businesses, and how Factry Historian will be the solid foundation on which our customers will be propelled into the future.

Why operator involvement is key to Industry 4.0

  by Frederik Van Leeckwyck on 2017-09-27

Ever since the term Industry 4.0 was coined in 2011, it has taken the world of manufacturing by storm. Business and market drivers like production reshoring converge with technological advances such as ever cheaper sensors. Even though lots of attention is going to the technologies that enable Industry 4.0, the importance of employee involvement in general and operator involvement in particular is greatly underappreciated. As a consequence, operations managers are at risk of outpacing the adaptive capacity of their operators, resulting in a state-of-the-art manufacturing apparatus with uninvolved and unmotivated operators to run it.