July 10, 2012
Is a SCADA System in Your Facility’s Future?
Being with a company for many years, you sometimes lose perspective of time. It seems like a very short time ago we were designing all control systems with standalone Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and single loop controllers. Today, many of our customers, even ones with only a couple machines, are looking to be able to control and monitor their entire facility from a few convenient locations. A SCADA system gives you this ability.
SCADA is an acronym for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition. A SCADA system basically is application software for controlling, monitoring and displaying data, and networking of manufacturing equipment or process.
In order to stay ahead of the competition these days, you need to be efficient, as well as many times do more with less. A SCADA system can aid in this in many ways. First and foremost, it consolidates process controls and provides centralizing operator interface locations. This will reduce redundancy, labor costs, as well as establish a gauge for quality and consistency. It provides a real-time display of interactions within the facility, and allows monitoring beyond the plant floor so immediate actions can be taken to maintain or even improve the process flow. And, all of this process information is displayed on an easy-to-read screen, almost anywhere you choose.
The possibilities for a SCADA system are endless. From process control, centralized inventory control, product output, to machine maintenance, Faith Technologies is asked regularly to look at a customer’s facilities to recommend efficiency solutions. Working side-by-side with our customers, we find ways to improve plant control and monitoring, which ultimately positively impacts their bottom line. The technology is already available for controlling the most complicated systems from your tablet or smart phone.