SCADA Programming

SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) control systems are integrated into a vast range of industries and facilities, such as water treatment plants, power generation and distribution centres, manufacturing operations, pulp and timber mills, mining, Gas & Oil along with modern building management systems.

SCADA is a real-time control system which allows operations staff to monitor and, if required, manually modify a process without the need to enter a hazardous industrial environment. SCADA control systems also provide, among other features, multiple safety identification and interlock systems. These safety systems may be anything from visual or audible warnings on a screen, to having the capability to automatically trigger a major shutdown in the event of a serious or critical situation. When SCADA is involved, safety is paramount.

SCADA is a form of virtual machine, where all physical representations of the processes are actually software code programmed into the system. The SCADA control processes are shown on pages with pictures, graphs and/or diagrams and may also include embedded links and pop-ups that show, or allow modification of, individual processes. SCADA controls and communicates with a wide range of equipment and networks, and due to the programming ability allows almost endless capabilities for customization, modification and expansion.

In order for SCADA to function efficiently and safely it must be programmed correctly, any error or ‘bug’ in the code may cause the SCADA, along with any device it communicates with, to malfunction. With small processes this may cause an inconvenience, with a potential safety hazard if moving machinery is involved. If SCADA is integrated into a large complex process environment, such as an oil or gas refinery, this could cause catastrophic damage including loss of life.

Successful SCADA programming requires a thorough understanding of the entire process under control. To ensure the best SCADA performance is achieved, especially when considering safety as the highest priority, it is imperative that SCADA programming is done by trained, qualified and experienced SCADA engineers.

Automation IT employs numerous expert SCADA programmers and engineers, including highly experienced RPEQ registered, so can offer unmatched technical capabilities with the highest levels of service and support. To find out more about how Automation IT expert SCADA programming services can benefit your current or next project then contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..