If you've been assigned to work on a SCADA project or specify SCADA equipment, you need to understand the basic fundamentals to make the right decisions. You need to know how SCADA equipment works and what the industry best practices are for choosing the right gear.
But you can't trust just any information. You need a guide written by someone with loads of experience from previous SCADA projects.
That's exactly why author Bob Berry wrote his SCADA Tutorial White Paper. Bob Berry is the founder and CEO of DPS Telecom, a leading developer of integrated alarm monitoring and control solutions. Bob's engineering skill and dedication to solving his clients' real-world problems has grown DPS from a small consulting firm to an Inc. 500 company.
Here's a preview of what you'll learn in this 12-page free downloadable PDF white paper on SCADA:
You need to know both what SCADA is and how it can improve your operational efficiencies and overall effectiveness/output. This guide will teach you important SCADA basics, like the two elements present in all SCADA applications and the accepted definition of the term "SCADA". You'll also learn about the business advantages to be gained from a proper SCADA installation. This guide discusses the cost reductions and revenue protections that can be realized to boost your bottom-line profits.
You'll probably be surprised by just how many different kinds of businesses can use SCADA systems. In this white paper, you'll get a list of six of the most common industries that use SCADA equipment. Even these examples won't show you how deep and complex SCADA data can actually be, but they will give you a good introduction to the types of places where SCADA is used.
Do your systems require a constant supply of electrical power and do they have demanding temperature and humidity tolerances? Do you need real-time statuses of many different pieces of gear in a large complicated system? These and the other questions included in this white paper will help you to evaluate just what SCADA can actually do to facilitate improvements in your company.
SCADA allows you to access quantitative measurements of important processes, detect problems as soon as they start, measure trends over time, and accomplish many other important results. This SCADA white paper takes you through an in-depth look at all of these efficiency boosters and profitability maximizers.
Do you understand the four key functions that SCADA system performs? From initial data acquisition all the way through to control, Bob Berry's SCADA white paper will walk you through each of the steps individually. You'll also learn about the four different kinds of SCADA components, including sensors and the overarching communications network.
When learning a new topic, it's useful to look at the absolute most basic system that still meets the definition for that topic. That's why this free PDF guide will give you an example of what the world's simplest possible SCADA system would look like. Although clearly far less complex than any real-world SCADA system, the example still includes the basics of remote monitoring and control functions.
You need to do your homework before purchasing any SCADA system. This will be a major B2B purchase to your company will have to live with for a decade or more (or spend perhaps millions of dollars cleaning up the mess you've made if you make the wrong choice). Just as powerful a SCADA can be to improve your operations, it also has a dark side in the form of pitfalls. Some of these pitfalls include spending a fortune on unnecessary cost overruns, ending up with a system that doesn't really meet all your needs, or purchasing an inflexible system that only meets your needs today and can't expand as your needs grow.
On the front lines of your SCADA system are your RTU's (Remote Telemetry Units). You need to know exactly how this type of gear works and how to choose the right vendor. Key elements to look for are sufficient capacity, rugged construction, and intelligent control. The SCADA white paper also includes five additional elements that you should definitely take into consideration before making any RTU purchase.
Just as you must understand the SCADA RTU's on the front line of your SCADA system, so too must you understand how a SCADA master ("HMI" or human-machine interface) should work and how to pick the right one. From flexible responses to sensor inputs to expansion capability to support for multiple protocols and equipment types, you absolutely need to know how to select the right SCADA master for your environment. This guide will show you how.