5 ways SCADA can improve food and beverage manufacturing

Automation of food and beverage manufacturing processes provides manufacturers with value-adding advantages along the entire supply chain, all the way from the field, through the factory to the end user. SCADA is one automation solution that can improve production efficiency and increase profitability. Here, we look at five areas of food and beverage manufacturing that benefit from SCADA.

Price versus value: Maximising the value of your SCADA

It’s a dilemma that everyone faces when having to choose between more than one product or service; price or value? While a poor purchasing decision may not have an impact on an everyday purchase, when it comes to choosing a systems integrator to install or maintain a complex SCADA system, the wrong choice could be costly in more ways than one. In this article we look at what defines ‘value’ in SCADA installations, and why value should be the determining factor for any project rather than just the price.

PLC Code - Good vs Bad

There are differing schools of thought when it comes to programming PLC’s as to what is the ‘best’ way to achieve a successful outcome from the control system side of things. On the surface PLC programming is not too difficult, add a few rungs or lines of code and presto, the system works, however what happens if a system expansion is required or changes are needed to be implemented by someone other than the original writer of the code? Not all PLC code is created equal, so how can you differentiate good code from bad?

Real-time data for improved operation and monitoring of water assets

To provide customers with a safe and reliable water supply, water utilities need to have access to accurate information regarding consumption, resources, production and quality. In order to continuously monitor all aspects of the water supply and treatment process, some form of automated system is usually implemented to capture process data in real time, these systems are commonly known as a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, or SCADA.

Reducing electricity costs with load shedding

Industrial and commercial buildings are increasingly energy hungry with information technology hardware and appliances adding to HVAC and lighting loads. Combined with increasing energy prices, building managers and owners are looking for ways to reduce costs. There are a number of opportunities available to improve energy use and efficiency by eliminating waste through process optimisation. Load shedding is one of the options available to better manage electricity usage and reduce costs.

Benefits of Energy Management Systems

With the cost of energy continuing to rise, asset and building owners are looking to increase efficiencies with their infrastructure to minimise environmental impact and maximise return on investments. One option is to implement an energy management system which allows asset owners and managers to monitor, manage and track their energy usage.

Improving power distribution networks with SCADA

With customers relying on continuous power supply, electricity distribution authorities need to provide power that meets customer needs by ensuring distribution infrastructure, including substations and transformers, are efficiently managed, operated and maintained. Automating power distribution networks by installing, or upgrading, a SCADA system is a cost-effective solution to minimise power disruptions and provides greater visibility and improved control of the distribution network.