As industrial sites continue to grow in size and become more remote, the need for automation and semi-automatic processes for monitoring industrial systems has become increasingly important. Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) technologies are control systems that can accomplish such remote monitoring and automation, optimizing and controlling production and performance efficiency.
How SCADA works
There are three main components to SCADA systems: data collection, information transmission, and analyzation/translation. Field devices collect data which are then sent to Programable Logic Controllers (PLCs) or Remote Terminal Units (RTUs). These are microcomputers that can then send data to Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) where data can be analyzed, and signals or commands can be sent back to the control systems.
SCADA monitoring equipment collects current data and stores it on a server locally or in the cloud. Depending on the type of equipment, anything from temperature, pressure, and speed data can be gathered and processed. Current or “live” data can be vital for safety, maintenance, and the over-all improvement of an industrial system’s performance.
SCADA systems allow industrial plant operators to react quickly in emergent situations. If something is not functioning properly or a malfunction occurs, a signal is sent to the HMI and plant managers can read and respond to these notifications.
SCADA in the Oil and Gas Industry
In the oil and gas industry, monitoring pipelines and gas well production is important for improving performance, minimizing waste, and ensuring safety. The use of SCADA, then, provides many key benefits.
Detailed monitoring software can be used to measure factors such as flow rate and pressure changes. Using SCADA, this information is sent via RTUs to managers who can then react with strategic responses to increase efficiency and prevent damages or wear and tear to equipment when needed.
The ease and speed of an alert to a malfunction can make resolving issues much faster. Maintenance workers and equipment operators can respond quickly and reduce any effects that may impact workers, the public, and the environment. It may additionally allow companies to save money in the long run as system downtime is reduced and risks are minimized.
SCADA can also control machinery remotely and perform routine tasks automatically. This can allow supervision from a distance and can reduce the manpower needed to maintain operation. This particularly beneficial when the production location is geographically isolated.
How Reign Can Help
Reign is a company that can design and build customized remote monitoring equipment and controls. They offer affordable solutions for monitoring and controlling your equipment from your computer or mobile devices, and facilitate budget-friendly ease and safety of remote monitoring.
With the assistance of Reign, safe and efficient control processes are not only made possible, but made easy and scalable.