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- What is SCADA Used For?

SCADA or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition is an industrial automation control system at the core of many modern industries, including:
  • Energy
  • Food and beverage
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil and gas
  • Power
  • Recycling
  • Transportation
  • Water and waste water
  • And many more
SCADA systems are used by private companies and public-sector service providers. SCADA works well in many different types of enterprises because they can range from simple configurations to large, complex projects. Virtually anywhere you look in today's world, there is some type of SCADA system running behind the scenes, whether at your local supermarket, refinery, waste water treatment plant, or even your own home.  

- How SCADA Systems Work

SCADA systems deploy multiple software and hardware elements that allow industrial organizations to:
  • Monitor, gather, and process data
  • Interact with and control machines and devices such as valves, pumps, motors, and more, which are connected through HMI (human-machine interface) software
  • Record events into a log file
In basic SCADA architecture, information from sensors or manual inputs are sent to PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers) or RTUs (Remote Terminal Units), which then send that information to computers with SCADA software. The software will analyse and display the data in order to help operators and other workers to reduce waste and improve efficiency in the manufacturing process. Effective SCADA systems can result in significant savings of time and money.