SCADA keeps on embracing new technologies to improve and extend its capabilities

Ethernet connectivity and HMIs have driven change through SCADA control systems, making them radically easier to design, install and operate, thus lowering the cost of ownership for operators. The physical appearance of SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) control systems has changed notably over the last 10 years, but then so have control panels… Traditionally…

The role of SCADA in an Industry 4.0 environment

The era of Industry 4.0 heralds a model where individual production systems will no longer work in isolation but will be connected to business systems and be able to quickly adapt to changing needs. So, is there a place for SCADA in this emerging picture? As Carl Nash, Technical Director at Products4Automation, explains, SCADA is…

Control system grows with photovoltaic plant as Azerbaijan builds national renewable power network

Operators of a 22MW photovoltaic park in the Naxçıvan Autonomous Republic in Azerbaijan can control all its 8000 solar panels from one SCADA interface, which is designed to be easy and intuitive to use. The control system has been configured so that it is simple routine to accommodate extra equipment as the facility grows over…

SCADA synchronises production on opposite sides of the Atlantic

A high-volume automotive engine component production line in Italy is being integrated with a near-identical sister line in Brazil to synchronise production capacity. Key to the success of this ambitious project was the use of Movicon SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) software, which as well as being easy to connect securely with other remote…

Reduce HMI interface development times

The Movicon.NExT Project Builder provides an ideal environment to develop the HMI aspect of a project alongside the control / PLC based core automation functionality. This saves time and adds convenience for system integrators and machine builders alike. Developing applications to manage machines can increase in cost if – as is usually the case –…

SCADA package integrates R&D data collection and analysis

A global builder of industrial heat treatment furnaces has chosen Movicon SCADA for a major research and development project that should lead to the next generation of sealed quench furnaces. Aichelin Unitherm Heat Treatment Systems is a is a highly regarded supplier of thermal processing plants including, gas and electrically heated furnaces, sealed quench furnaces,…

Calling all passengers… SCADA takes Gatwick’s public-address system to next level

Gatwick Airport has incorporated Movicon SCADA software from Products4Automation (P4A) in its North Terminal public address system to handle alarms and provide an interface to an older legacy system. Gatwick is one of the busiest airports in the world with over 50 aircraft movements an hour and 35-40 million passengers annually. As such, its public-address…

NExT AR app heads up operators in human-machine interaction on the plant floor

Progea has developed an augmented reality (AR) app that incorporates Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) onto Smart Glasses. By superimposing digital information onto physical objects, the AR HMIs empower factory workers to interact with machines and manufacturing processes virtually. The app, NExT AR, uses the SCADA/HMI platform Movicon.NExT, so it provides genuine feedback and control while…

SCADA gives ‘man down’ alarm intelligence

A lone worker ‘man down’ alarm system has been developed based on Movicon SCADA so that it can seamlessly integrate with company management systems as well as alerting a direct response team. Modern industry requires many people to work alone, sometimes in remote and potential hazardous environments. Inspecting engineers in the water industry, nature reserve…

The relevance of SCADA in an Industry 4.0 environment…

Industry 4.0 is not only revolutionising the way manufacturers operate. It is also transforming how Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems work and what we can expect from them. As a plant and process management tool SCADA has become the industry standard and its market is skyrocketing. Analysts expect it to reach £11[1]-30[2] billion…