Merging Corporate and SCADA Systems
SCADA has had a long journey from the obscurity of research labs into the industrial mainstream and the everyday talk of people. From monitoring and controlling the quality of water that we feed on to the air we breathe, from power generation plants to automobile factories, SCADA systems have grown roots everywhere. It significantly reduces operating labor costs while improving upon the plants or regional systems reliability and performance. Personnel no longer need to waste time wandering all over the site and since SCADA systems also amply show the level of threat, the urgency and need for a site visit can be a more judiciously prioritized decision. SCADA is used by Power companies, Utility companies like water and sewage services, Government bodies like municipalities, Physical sites like refrigeration plants, manufacturing companies for monitoring inventories, mass transportation companies and traffic managements among many others.
With every enterprise aiming to maximize profits, the human factor can be believed to be the weakest link in the whole production chain. The minimization of human factor can be achieved by increasing the level of automation, to which SCADA systems actively cater to. With the introduction of PLC devices, these systems have become more intelligent and capable of taking decisions at local levels also. Thus as the companies aim to squeeze more profits out of their plants, and governments increase the plant capacities of municipal structures for the general good, SCADA systems would thrive and help deliver accurate data and exercise precision control over processes.
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