Specialists in Aerospace Safety, Control and Automation Systems.
On average- WE Have Helped our clients reduce their manufacturing time by 50%

How To Implement SCADA
For Your Business?

How to implement SCADA systems vary greatly depending on what kind of system you are trying to implement, and in what industry. We will take a look at what to consider when implementing a SCADA system.

1. How scalable is the solution?

It is vital that you choose a solution that has room for additional features. It’s nice when everything goes to plan however there is often that unexpected problem that’s creeps out of the wood work, or even the possibility of needing to add extra in the future.

In line with this the operating environment you choose is very important; while there is an industry standard for communication within automated systems many sensors require their own drivers. So having a flexible system that accommodates this is very important.

how to implement scada

Most SCADA vendors cost their prices on the number of tags used while developing your SCADA system, with a decent-sized application running to a few thousand tags. With the SCADA vendors charging a premium for each tag used, people often develop their application with an eye toward the number of tags used up so far.

However if you do reach the limit, you have to go through the painful process of getting another purchasing order approved and devoting time toward all the overhead associated with it instead of concentrating on developing your application.

2. Will the solution integrate with existing SCADA package?

When looking at how to implement SCADA it is important to consider your existing legacy hardware and how it will work with in the system. Some of the newer systems available don’t have old protocol available so you could be incurring unnecessary extra expensive.

3.  What operating system?

When looking at SCADA implementation typically windows in the system of choice for modern systems, however embedded platforms are becoming increasingly popular. The smaller physical footprint of an embedded system has many advantages when space is an issue.

Within the home automation market there is a growing trend to control the systems from smart devices. This trend has spilled in to the industrial market putting real-time production data at the fingertips of personnel.

4. Is advanced analysis required?

If advanced analysis is required such as performing Fourier transform for system vibration to determine if it is above the specified limits, then a separate package is required.

One way of creating your own package is through the use of C or a similar language. By having a SCADA platform that is flexible enough to do this you greatly reduce development time and cost.

5. User interface

The user having the ability to select from a number of different control schemes is very important. Depending on what is chosen, providing a system that can dynamically load plug-ins and other algorithmic parameters such as voltage, gas flow, and power will give more flexibility to the system.

Having a system that employs monitoring at several key process points will enable them to easily and quickly identify any problems with the machinery.

We hope that you have found this information useful, if you require further information, help or support please contact us

Back to SCADA System

Return to Test and Measurement Homepage from How To Implement SCADA