Automation is becoming a major talking point for a wide array of businesses. In the industrial sector in particular, it is being used to control and supervise industrial processes both remotely and locally. It is also being used to acquire, record, and process data while interacting with local machinery.
The goal is to allow companies to make better informed, smarter decisions, minimise downtime, and improve efficiency. In the oil and gas, manufacturing, and wastewater industries in particular, SCADA plays a major role.
Making Informed Decisions
Still not sure what encompasses SCADA automation? Think of it like this: it helps users make more informed decisions. Maybe a plant supervisor at a bottling plant wants to be able to improve uptime, reduce downtime, and view each of the production lines.
By implementing a SCADA system, that line supervisor would then get an alert that cycle times have been increased by five seconds due to a decrease in nozzle pressure from the filling station. But by using the SCADA system, the supervisor is able to dispatch a technician quickly to repair or replace the damaged nozzle, bringing production capacity back to normal.
Through the power of the SCADA system, the supervisor is able to not only diagnose but resolve the issue before it leads to a bottleneck that impacts the rest of the production line.
No matter the industry, downtime is never a good thing. It not only means a lack of production, which can impact delivery schedules or timelines, but it can also mean a bottlenecking somewhere in the production line. That can lead to further issues that are much more difficult to resolve.
But with SCADA, it means keeping downtime to an absolute minimum. Even better, SCADA can be used to automate a wide array of applications no matter the industry. It has such a diverse range of capabilities that it can slide seamlessly into any business’ operations and become a game-changer.
The simplest explanation is that it allows for more efficient solutions so that managers and decision-makers can minimise downtime, boost production, and minimise the mistakes that come from systems that aren’t properly automated.
Utilising the latest and greatest in modern technology, it is now possible to not only decrease downtime, but to increase uptime and even improve operational efficiency exponentially. It is simply a game-changer for just about any business.