Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems give system operators a visual real time view of their water or wastewater processes. Utilizing a powerful desk top computer, SCADA graphical display software, and remote monitoring equipment, the SCADA system provides a "System Dashboard" for remote management of their system. Radio telemetry is the typical backbone for data transmission from remote sites to a central office location. Remote Terminal Units (RTU's) are used to take inputs from field instruments that allow system operating parameters and their corresponding values (ex: tank levels, pressures, flows, pump motor status, chlorine residual, etc.) to be displayed on the graphical interface screen at the office. The remote locations have SCADA control panels that incorporate programmable logic controllers (PLC’s) and radios to gather the digital information from the remote sites and then send them to the SCADA computer location.
In addition to displaying the current status of the system, the SCADA computer utilizies specialized hardware or software packages that can alarm operators via e-mails or text messages and also log information from the system to be used in regulatory reports.
With 20 plus years of experience, TraC-n-trol has established a thorough engineering understanding of SCADA and chosen best in class non-proprietary components to create a standardized design for all of our installations. Our engineers are constantly evaluating and testing system components for meeting our key design criteria.
Key design elements always imbedded in the design are:
1. Open architecture - Non-proprietary components, software, and hardware.
2. Reliability of the system – proven components and methods,
3. Scalability – ability to expand the system without loss of investment to the customer.
4. Value - balance of equipment price and performance.
Click on any of the logos on the right to get a better understanding of the standard tools and components of a TraC-n-trol designed SCADA system or click here to see examples of standard designs.