Smart Control

The Rise of Control Systems Across Industry

" Supervisory control and data acquisition systems are synonymous with machinery and industrial process management" says Philippa Shoobert.


Eaton Socon, Cambridgeshire -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/28/2014 -- Supervisory control and data acquisition systems, or SCADAs, also known as PLC with remote access are an industrial control system (ICS) and have played a pivotal role in the control of industrial and infrastructure processes that exist in the real world for a number of years. From manufacturing and power generation to water treatment and wind farms, and from military operations to the oil industry, SCADAs are assigned the task of supervision of machinery and industrial processes.

Over time, PLC with access have advanced to a point where human patrol duty on equipment has been reduced significantly, and there are now SCADA systems that offer fully featured and fully managed solutions that reduce the frequency and need of routine checks on machinery by humans.

Philippa Shoobert from Smart Control, believes that PLC with remote access has helped with infrastructure deployment in a wide variety of industries "Controls for hydraulics, containerised systems, environmental systems, marine systems, oil and gas systems, water treatment systems, plus much more can be managed and monitored from one location point. This has several real-world benefits for operators and organisations."

About SCADAs
The task of supervision of machinery and industrial processes used to be a tiresome job that required a high level of human expertise, but that's no longer the case. PLC with remote success systems ensure that the full monitoring and management of machinery and industrial processes is carried out with minimal human time expended and this means technicians can be deployed to valuable jobs rather than what would now be considered trivial tasks, such as checking oil levels, water levels, and so on.

To achieve this, control system designers and control system engineers have had to develop hardware such as sensors and software that can be scaled and updated to keep up with the constant advancements being made in industrial technology.

It has helped that organisations who specialise in control systems have in-house teams to design and visualise concepts to create bespoke solutions for any given project, because when it comes to supervisory control and data acquisition systems, there is no one-size-fits-all solution, says Mrs Shoobert. "SCADA systems must be developed alongside infrastructure to create an ideal solution for that organisation."