Process monitoring, SCADA, Data acquisition tools – regardless of what you call these tools, it’s possible to add oversight to nearly any process by taking advantage of them. Using a SCADA application, it’s possible to do a huge variety of necessary functions, such as scan product for defects, detect errors, alert machine operators to potential problems, or even manage the temperature of buildings and record who enters or leaves the building. There are literally thousands of ways to make a better product or offer a more stable and productive service using the oversight and data collection offered by a powerful SCADA system. Here are just a few of the ways that a SCADA system can pay for itself:
Ease bottlenecks in production, reduce waste, and minimize defects
With a SCADA system, it’s easy to collect enough data to pinpoint weak areas on the line. Data may show at what stages in the process production is slowing down, allowing plant supervisors to develop ways to ease the strain on machines and operators and increase capacity. It’s easy to reduce waste by measuring what goes in and what comes out, and finding the gaps where materials are lost. A huge advantage comes in being alerted immediately when production goes wrong, allowing machine operators to stop the machine to avoid creating defect products or wasting materials.
Use built-in security features to meet industry standards and control who does what
The built-in security features of the InduSoft Web Studio SCADA software platform allows users to control who is able to make changes to the process, or who is able to see information. By requiring username and password access to equipment and data, it’s possible to track who does and sees what. This is a useful tool for maintaining standards that involve e-Signatures, such as the FDA CFR 21 part 11 or EU Annex 11 standard. SCADA software can also be used to monitor who comes in and out of the building, and who accesses machines or uploads data onto the network.
Get important information while in a remote location
One of the most powerful tools of a SCADA system built around a platform like InduSoft Web Studio is the ability to send alerts and alarms wirelessly to phones directly over SMS, email, or being able to access data over an internet browser from a tablet computer, laptop or smartphone. This kind of access can put decision makers in position to address problems immediately, based on real-time information. Access to remote data also makes it easy to determine when it is necessary to visit a remote site in person, and when it’s possible to delay action until later. This offers an unprecedented level of insight into an operation that is based on actual numbers.