Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) is a visualisation system for real-time monitoring, supervisory control and automated control of production processes. It can help industrial organisations to maintain efficiency, process data for improved decision making, and communicate system issues to help reduce downtime.
The position of SCADA within the ISA-95 functional hierarchy is level 0, 1, 2 Process Control Systems on the factory floor. Communication of plant floor equipment data is established by connecting to a Level 2 Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), which then processes and displays the real-time data in a Distributed Control System (DCS) or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) software, to help operators and management to analyse the data to make informed decisions.
SCADA systems can be connected to higher level MES systems for exchanging plant floor data, and while they may include some MES functionalities such as real-time data collection and visibility of downtime issues, SCADA does not have full MES functionality. MES is designed to collect both real-time and historical data, covering a much broader area than the production floor, extending to performance, quality and maintenance functions.
The benefits of using a SCADA system include:
Monitor, gather and process real-time data for a complete overview of production processes
Reduced engineering costs through integration with plant devices such as sensors, valves, pumps, motors and HMI software
High level control of industrial processes locally or remotely for reduced maintenance costs
Increased productivity through visibility of plant floor processes and production efficiency
Quickly notify an operator of an issue enabling them to pause operations if necessary
Determine the root cause of the issue and resolve to prevent further loss of production, increasing quality
Integrate SCADA with other historian business systems such MES for complete real-time and historical data
Cimlogic integrate Ignition SCADA and GE Cimplicity SCADA solutions. We are proud to be Gold Certified Integrator of the Ignition SCADA platform and a registered solution provider of GE Cimplicity SCADA.
Our team of expert control system engineers, system integrators and project managers are committed to providing total satisfaction and implementing effective SCADA systems through tried and tested processes. We listen to your needs and make considerations from both an engineering/technical and business perspective.
Our services can include project feasibility studies and pre-sales support, with recommendations for the best solutions, helping you choose the right system for your needs.
We follow a fully structured and documented internal quality control system (ISO 9001:2015 certified), adaptable to GAMP standards with the development of URS, FDS, and efficient change management. This provides complete visibility for you and highlights any issues at the initial stages of the project which otherwise may get overlooked. It also means that you know what to expect throughout the project lifecycle giving you the confidence to leave your requirements safely in our hands. Our technical masters will provide innovative and secure SCADA solutions according to your timescale, quality expectations and budget.
We ensure that you get the most appropriate and effective SCADA system for your needs by adhering to the following project elements:
Dedicated project team
Requirements gathering and URS generation
Fixed price quotations based on URS
Generation of FDS and traceability matrix
Generation of SDS and detailed test plans at each stage
Full change control procedures, with impact analysis
Use of PM tools such as JIRA, Trello, and testing tools such as HPQC
IFAT, CFAT and UAT to ensure correct functionality at every stage
Operational and maintenance manuals
User and administrator training
Service Level Agreements
Systems implementation engineer
Dedicated IT policy
The entire project team are on hand to support you throughout the whole project lifecycle, to help you get the maximum ROI from your system. No matter what help you need with your new SCADA software, we can offer support with issues such as:
Guidance through the integration process
Advice on configuring your SCADA system
Remote access support for fault diagnosis and repair
Software updates and improvements
Advise on system security best practice
General enquiries and assistance
We understand that when implementing systems and software minimum disruption to the production process is vital, so we give you a central point of contact through your dedicated project manager and a guarantee that we’ll deliver what we promise when we promise it.