Key Ideas Behind SCADA System Usage in Water Treatment Facilities

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It’s no secret how having a SCADA System set in place within a water treatment facility proves to be very beneficial for its operations and costs. Its key benefits lies in five main operational systems within the facility, and these includes the following:

Plant Control

Daily operations-related tasks can now have a more centralized control thanks to SCADA Systems. Such tasks that can be covered include maintenance of specific levels in tanks, the right flow rates, as well as the exact temperatures and pressures. Proper automation of other processes are also covered by SCADA Systems comprising of opening and closing of valves and starting and stopping of pumps with the use of command sets and scripts as programming tools.

Monitoring Functions

Side by side having a more efficient control over the operations is having a more functional monitoring system as well. This provides the operators and personnel a well-designed visual interface in handling all processes involved in maintenance and data recording.

Alarm & Security Systems

Having an alarm SCADA System would automatically mean better alarm response management. Proper integration would be installed that would be very helpful, especially in case of emergencies within the facility—or even at remote facilities. Once there is a potential problem on hand, alarms would automatically sent out to the operating personnel and other concerned authorities. Not only that, but the system would also take note of nature of the problem, as well as its degree of severity. This would allow the personnel to focus their attention on the specific problem on hand and would make the response so much more organized and prompt.

Data Logging Automation

Without SCADA Systems, water treatment personnel would still have to manually record readings and have hundreds of log sheets to keep on file. But thanks to a SCADA System, data would automatically be recorded as electronic files that could be easily accessed and reviewed at a later time. Information would also be much more accurate and less prone to human error, resulting to a more efficient archives.

Diagnostic Functions

Highly efficient diagnostic functions would provide better analysis for potential problems and failures that may arise. A SCADA System would be able to detect abnormalities in the system—even the slightest hint of change would be taken note of and allow operators to address what it problem it may indicate before it even occurs.