What Are SCADA Control Systems in Automation?

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In a modern industrial environment, systems integration and automation systems are increasingly beneficial when it comes to minimising costs and reducing risk in order to achieve more consistent results. NJCSI specialise in such system integration, particularly SCADA Control Systems, and in this blog, we will be breaking down what these systems are composed of, how the automation they offer can benefit your business’s productivity and which industries should consider this technology.

SCADA in a Nutshell

Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition or SCADA is a control system that is used for predominantly high-level process management in various industrial and manufacturing industries. Industrial processes can be controlled locally or remotely whereby data can be monitored, gathered and processed in real time. Sensors, valves, pumps, motors and more moving parts interact directly with SCADA through human-machine interface or HMI software.

HMI refers to that technology which facilitates unique, productivity-focused interactions between humans and automation machinery, whereby the human user inputs operational and control and the machine feeds back information to aid constructive decision making.

What are SCADA Control Systems Composed Of?

Basically, SCADA control systems are composed of microcomputers in the form of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) or remote terminal units (RTUs) which communicate with the sensors, valves and other objects we mentioned previously. The information the microcomputers collect from these devices is routed back to computers with SCADA software.

The Purpose of SCADA Control Systems?

In essence, the SCADA software is designed to process, distribute and display the data it collects with the purpose of helping the operator analyse important data and make smarter decisions. SCADA control systems are ideal for industrial organisations looking to maintain efficiency and reduce downtime and errors. Where processes are automated and variations are minimised, your business can expect to see consolidated costs and higher regulation of products.

SCADA systems are excellent for identifying high incidences of errors in a batch of products and subsequently notifying the operator. This allows the operators to pause production, view the SCADA data via an HMI, and identify the exact machine or part that is causing issues. As such, SCADA control systems can prevent major product loss and reduce many other problems from occurring.

You can read more about the ways I which manufacturing automation improves your productivity in this blog from NJCSI.

Why Use Automation Technology Such As SCADA Control Systems?

Automation frameworks such as SCADA control systems are extremely effective for reducing labour costs and reducing errors. This technology is not simply a data storage and distribution machine, but a complex system that is much more beneficial than manual labour.

SCADA systems are capable of making redundancy adjustments, stable backups of time stamped data, and are equipped with secure alarm systems for added security. Where human employees would have to comb the plant to identify errors and malfunctions, SCADA uses scripts to detect problems in a flash, and make the necessary adjustments to the system.

NJCSI designs and installs various control and management systems to meet client requirements, including PLC, SCADA, and DCS systems. You can learn more about these systems and how they would work for your business in this blog.

Industries That Can Benefit from SCADA Control Systems

Many different industries can benefit from the implementation of SCADA control systems largely due to the range of configurations available, from the most simple to most complex.

The following industries can expect SCADA to become the backbone of their plant:

  • Energy related industries
  • Food and beverage
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil related industries
  • Recycling plants
  • Transportation industry
  • Water and sanitation

These are just a few examples of major industries that could see massive improvements with SCADA control systems. NJCSI’s manufacturing automation systems can be customised to suit just about any industry and application. Contact us today to chat about our system automation solutions and how they can be tailored to suit your business.