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When it comes to managing your network, you can't afford to cut corners. No matter which industry you're in (manufacturing, telecom, utilities, water treatment, etc.), you have to carefully monitor and control your network. The first line of defense is a good SCADA system.
With a SCADA system, you'll be able to monitor critical conditions across your network and enjoy the benefit of having remote access to your equipment - meaning you can operate some of your gear without leaving your desk. You can cut back on wasted truck rolls, which will save you money and improve your team's productivity.
Unfortunately, too many SCADA systems skimp on key features, leaving you with a limited system that will only deliver headaches instead of results. If you want a capable system that can slash your costs, prevent downtime, and generate gains in productivity, then you'll want your SCADA solution to have these 5 features:
Analog inputs allow you to monitor real-time data across your network. Many SCADA systems will only have discrete inputs - which are digital and can only tell you if something is "on" or "off." An analog input will be able to tell you precise values, meaning you can have accurate data about whatever you're monitoring.
For the most effective network operation, you'll need to be able to remotely control your equipment. By having control relays (SBO points) on your SCADA system, you'll be able to remotely control any device in your network that is normally operated by a button or a switch. You'll be able to start equipment, open or close doors, or turn on lights. Instead of driving long distances to perform these simple tasks, you can do them right from your desk - without wasting time or money behind the windshield of a truck.
Monitoring and controlling your network through a text-only interface is tedious and complicated. You'll slave over tables and lists of words, rather than focusing your time on more important tasks. Your SCADA solution should come with an intuitive and easy-to-use interface.
The best solutions will come with an online, web-based interface. This means you'll have the versatility to manage your network from your favorite web browser on any computer. Having any graphical interface is better than having a text-only interface, but a web-based interface is the only way to gain true flexibility for monitoring your network.
When you receive an alert about a problem with your equipment, you want it to have meaningful information - not a vague description. If you're facing a network emergency, an alert that says "Relay 267 Out" doesn't help you much. On the other hand, receiving "Site 112 Generator Failure" gives you meaningful detail that helps you respond. Instead of scrambling to figure out where and what the problem is, you'll know right away.
Your SCADA solution should be the most reliable piece of gear in your network. If the system that's supposed to protecting your uptime goes down, what good is it? Don't settle for a solution that's built on anything less than durable, industrial-grade hardware. A cheap or free SCADA system won't be able to withstand the conditions at your site, which will ultimately leave you with an exposed network. To get the results you need, turn to a rugged and durable SCADA solution.
How to find a quality SCADA system for your network
By choosing the right SCADA system, you'll enjoy a more reliable network and a more productive team. If you choose the wrong system, you'll get stuck in a project filled with sunk costs, delays, and headaches. You don't have the time or patience to deal the problems associated with a limited system.
With monitoring gear in your network, it'll be more reliable than ever before. That means your team can spend more time getting projects done and less time repairing. Not to mention all the time and money you'll save by having the ability to remotely control your equipment. Imagine the peace of mind that's possible with a good SCADA system.
You're ready to take control of your network. You only want a SCADA system that can deliver results. The first step in choosing this right system is to understand the fundamentals and basics of a successful SCADA system. That's why I recommend taking a few minutes to download and read the free SCADA White Paper.
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