As you operate your utility, facility, or plant today and into the future we believe it’s important to know where you stand – where you are going, if you can get there, how long it will take, what it will cost, and if the path you are on is the one to stay on for the long run. How will you know that the decisions you are making are the best decisions you can make? Do you have the right information to make those decisions? Do you have the right tools to analyze the data?
Eramosa knows the state of technology. We talk about it in venues across North America. We address how to deploy it to prepare for the future, while responding to the issues of today.
SCADA is a critical tool for addressing these issues, but it must be planned properly, and include monitoring of data that normally has not been considered by designers of the process. Data that gives insight to managing assets better, that directs maintenance to the areas of greatest need, that enables justifiable budgets for operating and capital expenses – all can be enabled by effectively designed SCADA systems. These needs must be implemented intelligently, to meet these objectives, and to get the best return on every investment.
To deal with these pressing issues, Eramosa has a vision for SMART Utilities – Sustainable, Manageable, Agile, Robust, and Trusted. Sustainable means keeping the right balance between what you need and what you have – and knowing what the true facts are about each of those sides of the scale. Manageable means you have the all performance metrics you should on your dashboard, and they show you results and trends, alerts and indicators, summaries and specifics. Agile means you have the ability to quickly change direction to avoid impending problems, and that you can do it within timeframes that save money and deflect problems. Robust means effectively responding to emergencies, of any sort, maintaining continuity of operations, and keeping customers served safely. Trusted means you have the facts that explain and justify your actions, and that you share them with those who need to know, in a collaborative environment that builds strong and cooperative teams.
Each of these qualities is better achieved through the effective application of SCADA technology, and its use in best practices. Getting the most out of assets, improving efficiencies, collaborating across the organization, building public confidence, remaining secure, being responsive, and getting the most out of every dollar and hour spent are truly enabled by good SCADA designs, strategies, standards, and implementations.
We all know email overload makes us less smart, the same rule applies to alarms. Alarm flooding causes inefficiencies and degraded intelligence in operations. Alarm management makes for smarter systems and less downtime.
There is more to SCADA now than the name implies, smart SCADA means fluid master planning, future-proofing by choosing technology that is relevant and flexible, cross platform, web based, database friendly, IT friendly, secure.
Smart grids are the way of the future, interconnected production, transmission and soon storage as we move the next generation power grid. Data from diverse systems needs to feed back to a model based analytics system providing real-time analytics and performance monitoring for effective decision making.
Every two years we double our data collected, the exponential growth of smart devices that provide meta-data for asset monitoring, analytics and real-time statuses requires a Big Data approach from the plant floor, to the pipeline right up to the cloud. Data management is as important as plant operations for better decision making and planning.
Pollution control systems are moving to a proactive and predictive approach to operations, smarter placement of environmental sensors to predict upstream effects from weather or other environmental factors helps optimize operations and reduces adverse events.
The wave of the future is renewable energy, systems are being designed for the next generation and they require next generation technology for data collection, analytics and optimization. Smart energy means a holistic approach to system design and deployment across different types of energy production. Modular designs, plug and play data acquisition and web enabled technologies for smarter and more flexible management of these critical assets.
Technology in automation is moving faster than the traditional lifecycle of automated systems, “future-proofing” and designing flexible systems is paramount. Move to new technology rather than stacking up on old. That’s smart.
Industrial users are more and more savvy about what they want from their systems, gone are the days of the all-knowing engineer, we need to work in tight collaboration with the end-user to be smarter as a team.
Communications are expected to be up 110%, we can’t operate on a hope and a prayer as big data pushes the need for constant flow of gigabits. Monitoring networks is as important as monitoring your processes.
Water is the world’s most important resource, it is the new oil, blue is the new black. Smart water means data from every drop; pressure, flow, water quality in every corner of the distribution system required for optimization and smarter operations to conserve.
Security is no longer unplugging the modem. SCADA is constantly connected and now presents opportunities for threats. Smart security is monitored, alerted, constantly updated, and flexible to manage migration to ever improving technologies.
Data is collected on the process constantly for smarter operations, assets are the backbone of the process, asset data needs to be collected and constantly updated to effectively maintain and plan for your systems as they evolve. Smart spending on targeted asset upgrades is key.