SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) is a type of industrial control system (ICS) that can monitor and control industrial processes that exist in the physical world. SCADA systems are important control systems used in national infrastructures such as the national grid, water supplies and pipelines. They are more often integrated to control large scale processes that can include multiple sites, and large distances. These processes include industrial, infrastructure, and facility-based processes, such as:
- Industrial processes including manufacturing, production, power generation, fabrication, and refining
- Infrastructure processes may be public or private, and include water treatment and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, oil and gas pipelines, electrical power transmission and distribution, wind farms, civil defense siren systems, and large communication systems
- Facility processes that occur both in public facilities and private ones (such as buildings, airports and ships) that can monitor and control heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC), access, and energy consumption
Because a SCADA system is usually a centralized control system designed to monitor and control an entire site, most actions are controlled automatically by RTUs or PLCs. This makes them a great way to lower operating costs as often only a small team or in some cases, an individual, needs to control the settings and conditions for the PLCs and RTUs to adhere to.
CWM Automation’s Electrical Design Team will work with you to fully design and integrate specialist SCADA software, fully adapted to suit your companies needs and built with parts that will mean the system will last even in harsh conditions often presented by large scale industrial process plants.
We can also offer an evaluation service to current SCADA Control Systems so that you can ensure your system is operating exactly as intended with no security risks or efficiency drops.