There are many businesses out there that operate during normal office hours which mean that they open their doors at 9 AM and they close again at 5 PM. There are other businesses however that may need to operate around the clock and these are such business enterprises as manufacturing plants and many government run businesses. For the businesses that close during normal office hours, there may still be some processes taking place after everyone has gone home and so you as the manager or owner need to be able to access this information and make sure that everything is running as it should be.
No business can afford to have an individual on the payroll who needs to be available 24 hours a day and seven days a week just to be able to monitor systems that are operating after hours. It makes a lot more sense to invest in supervisory control and data acquisition systems known as a scada system because these will provide you with all of the tools that you need to keep an eye on everything and to make sure that you are not experiencing any downtime.
There are many benefits that a SCADA provides for any organisation and the following are just some of those.
- Preventative maintenance – Unfortunately many businesses operate in a system that only fixes things when they are broken and so this leads to lots of downtime and great losses of revenue. By putting a SCADA system into place, you are able to monitor the reasons why your system is experiencing downtime and you can generally address an issue before it becomes a problem much later. With the right kind of monitoring system in place, you can easily identify the exact cause of equipment failure and be able to address these issues which will increase the lifetime of your equipment.
- Faster response times – The SCADA system will notify you when an issue arises within your processes and so this will allow you to act more quickly and to stop an issue becoming a major problem. Your system can send your message via text, email and even a phone call. You can also set the system for a critical of alarm which would jeopardise your business significantly and this means that the operator can just drop everything and attend to the problem immediately.
With a SCADA system in place, you can also keep an eye on things remotely and you can control any piece of equipment that is involved in your automation processes. This puts the control into your hands which saves you an incredible amount of time and money.