Many plants and factories rely on SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems to automate, manage, and monitor complex control systems that humans simply cannot control or where human control is too impractical, costly, or unnecessary. They allow industries to monitor and process data, operate and control machines and processes that utilize valves, pumps, motors via HMI, and gain a historical overview of the system in order to analyze the process and become more efficient.
SCADA systems are the backbone of many industries, including:
- Oil & Gas
- Water and Wastewater
- Food & Beverage
- And more
SCADA systems usually consist of an HMI software package, a communication driver package, and field devices, including PLCs, RTUs, telemetry systems, historians, and flow computers. Communication media transmits information from the field device to the HMI via lease line, radio, or satellite.
DCS systems are often used as the HMI portion of a SCADA system if the DCS already exists onsite.
ACICO is well-versed in SCADA systems solutions and has provided services for the most commonly used manufacturers and products, including Honeywell, Allen-Bradley, Matrikon, and others.
If your facility is looking to implement a SCADA system, contact ACICO to discuss a strategy that will work with your existing controls.