What makes up a SCADA control system?

Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems are becoming increasingly essential across a variety of industries as a way for asset owners to maintain efficiency, process data for informed decision making, reduce costs, communicate issues to prevent downtime, and comply with relevant health and safety, and engineering standards. In this introductory article, we look at the different elements that make up a SCADA system.

RPEQ / Functional Safety Services

Automation IT has extensive experience in the design of control systems across a range of industries and applications. Our experience in industrial control systems has enabled us to provide a range of solutions to not only control machinery but also protect the machinery and its operators from unsafe situations or hazards.

If we look at a typical safety application in some detail, what we have essentially is a control system operating machinery via a set of hydraulic, electric or other controls with a series of monitoring devices and safety interlocks to ensure the safe motion of the object. The key items to note are the means of actuation, the personnel exposed to the machine and the requirements for safety interlocking. The failure of the control system could result in injury, possibly death and uncontrolled motion causing equipment downtime and machinery damage.

Automation IT awarded contract to upgrade SCADA system for Unitywater Sewage Pump Stations

Unitywater began operations in July 2010 and were established as part of the Queensland Government’s water reform program. They distribute and retail water supplied from the South East Queensland Water Grid. Unitywater operates and maintains more than $2.9 billion of essential service infrastructure, supplying water and sewerage services to residential and business customers throughout the Moreton Bay, Noosa and Sunshine Coast regions.

SCADA Training

Automation IT has vast experience in delivering SCADA training packages, tailor made to your requirements. Training courses can range from beginners use of a SCADA package through to design and implementation of complex systems. A range of pre-defined courses are available, or we can customise a course to suit your prior experience and desired knowledge.

Understanding the Purpose of Network Control Systems

The Network Control System (NCS) is responsible for the detection of a power failure in the network, and the restoration of stand-by power until the normal power can be restored.  When it is imperative that a site has a reliable power supply, the site will require a state-of-the-art NCS in order to maintain power to the building during a mains power failure.  In addition to controlling supply during mains failures, the NCS is also crucial to providing Load Shedding and Low / High Voltage automated switching capabilities.

What You Need to Know About RTU Telemetry Design

Remote Telemetry Units (RTUs) provide the ability to monitor and control equipment over a vast distance. RTUs are microprocessor controlled devices with hardwired inputs and outputs (I/O), often connected to a radio device. The radios then wirelessly transmit and receive data from their own network providing feedback and control to the main station.  RTU network communications can also be done via cellular radio, landline telephone or Ethernet. Often employed in oil, mining, water treatment and many other industries, an RTU network brings all your equipment control together to a singular (or multiple, if required) location. A SCADA system can then be configured at a convenient location from which your operators can monitor, trend and control all your equipment.

Waste Water Automation: The Common Commodity That Everyone Needs

Waste water treatment is a necessity for all communities, allowing for the safe release of used water back into the region’s water ways. In order to safely release water it must first undergo a number of treatments for purification. This ensures that it will not harm the environment, animals or people downstream of the release. Each treatment plant will have individual processing needs in which to meet environmental safety requirements.