What is SCADA?
SCADA is an acronym for supervisory control and data acquisition, a computer system for gathering and analyzing real time data. SCADA systems are used to monitor and control a plant or equipment in industries such as telecommunications, water and waste control, energy, oil and gas refining and transportation. A SCADA system gathers information, such as where a leak on a pipeline has occurred, transfers the information back to a central site, alerting the home station that the leak has occurred, carrying out necessary analysis and control, such as determining if the leak is critical, and displaying the information in a logical and organized fashion. SCADA systems can be relatively simple, such as one that monitors environmental conditions of a small office building, or incredibly complex, such as a system that monitors all the activity in a nuclear power plant or the activity of a municipal water system.
The Benefits of SCADA:
Control units function as PLCs, RTUs, or DCUs.
Control units perform advanced measurement and control independent of the central computer.
PID control continues, even if communications to the main computer are lost.
Control units have many channel types to measure most available sensors.
Systems are compatible with our own or other vendors' HMI software packages.
Control units have their own UPS; during ac power loss, they continue to measure and store time-stamped data.
Control units provide on-board statistical and mathematical processing.
Systems are easily expandable: add new sites or add sensors to existing sites.
Control units have wide operating temperature ranges and operate in rugged environments.
Our control units support multiple communications options, including: ethernet, radio, telephone, cellphone, voice synthesized phone, and satellite. They also feature peer-to-peer event and polled communication, and can call out to a computer, telephone numbers and/or pagers. Remote lift stations, reservoirs, and pumping stations transmit data via dial up leased phone lines, cell phone, radio, or wide area network T1 links.
The Automation Group (TAG) specializes in SCADA system design and configuration for water distribution and wastewater collection. We understand that your system needs to operate worry free, without interruption, while providing an optimum return on your investment.
The Automation Group (TAG) provides detailed SCADA strategies and architecture services for our clients. Through coordination with you and your staff, we will determine your essential needs and design a safe, cost-effective, and reliable solution for monitoring and controlling your water distribution, wastewater collection and treatment systems.
Upon hiring The Automation Group (TAG), you gain access to an extensive knowledge-base of professionals with decades of experience in telemetry applications. We specialize in wireless communication systems for your remote monitoring and control needs which will allow you to monitor your SCADA system from your computer terminal. We can create a mobile wireless SCADA system that allows you to move freely around your plant, city, state, or even around the world, and still stay in contact with your process using your laptop or palm computer.
Reliability. Providing you with early detection of equipment failure is a top design priority for The Automation Group (TAG). Our designs focus on providing primary and backup monitoring and control around the clock. Not only will our SCADA system designs provide you with early detection of impending equipment failures but also protection against operational errors and notification of process problems.
Cost Reduction. TAG will design centralized SCADA solutions that assist you in significantly reducing operation and maintenance costs by requiring fewer personnel to monitor field activity, and fewer daily maintenance trips. A well automated process can free your operators to do more preventive maintenance, which may extend the life of your equipment, reduce lifecycle costs, and increase the quality of your finished product.
Protecting Your Investment. A secure system is crucial to your plant management. At all times, TAG will consider your security when designing a SCADA system, and will work with your team to ensure that your network administration is involved in the process to protect your system from unauthorized access. Your system will be designed so that only authorized personnel have access to your system.
"I have worked with the Principles of The Automation Group in both Oregon and Northern California. These projects included creating VHF, UHF and Digital Radio SCADA Systems operating stand alone Centrals to Web-Based Servers. The key to success of any project is both teamwork and experience that you can depend on when everything is going well and more importantly, when issues and/or roadblocks present themselves. The Automation Group is an organization that has both the depth and experience that our company can depend on."
Mark C. Serres
Vice President / Technology Resource Center