Free SCADA Guide Now Available As A PDF Download

If you've been assigned to work on a SCADA project or specify SCADA gear, you need to know the basics to make the right decisions. You need to know how SCADA gear 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:

What is SCADA and how can you leverage it to improve your real-world business results?

You need to know both what SCADA is and how it can improve your operation 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 install. This guide talks about the cost reductions and revenue protections that can boost your bottom-line profits.

Where is SCADA used?

You'll likely 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 gear. Even these examples won't show you how deep and complex SCADA data can actually be. They will, however, give you a good intro to the types of places where SCADA is used.

What is the value of SCADA to you?

Do your systems use a constant supply of electrical power and do they have demanding temp and humidity tolerances? Do you need real-time statuses of many pieces of gear in a large system? These and the other questions included in this white paper will help you to evaluate just what SCADA can actually do to make 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 get many other important results. This SCADA white paper takes you through an in-depth look at all of these efficiency boosters and profit maximizers.

How does a SCADA system actually work?

Do you know 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.

What are the absolute core elements of the world's simplest SCADA system?

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.

How do you go about evaluating SCADA systems and hardware?

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, or ending up with a system that doesn't really meet all your needs. You may even purchase an inflexible system that only meets your needs today and can't expand as your needs grow.

What do you need to look for in a SCADA RTU?

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 extra elements that you should definitely take into consideration before making any RTU purchase.

What do you need to look for any SCADA master station (HMI)?

Just as you must know the SCADA RTU's on the front line of your SCADA system, so too must you know 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 a lot of protocols and gear types, you absolutely need to know how to select the right SCADA master for your environment. This guide will show you how.