Automation And Process Controls

Written by Patricia Skinner
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A key issue with automation and process controls is interoperability of many remote and automated systems. Many industrial processes involve the integration of several different machines with embedded processes, and they all have to be controlled from a central point. So finding an automated control system that will work with the various types of software and still give optimum networking capabilities is important.

SCADA, or supervisory control and data acquisition, is a system that meets all the requirements. As a result, this type of application is a big name in industry today. Nearly every type of operation employs SCADA to make automation and process controls manageable.

Security and Automation and Process Controls

In fact, one of the attractions of SCADA for many industries is the fact that it does such a good job of putting their whole operation onto one single network. However, all is not as rosy as it might be on the automation and process controls front. Security is an issue right now, as SCADA systems are prone to virus and hacker attacks just like any other computer system.

This can be disastrous for any industry, but for some it can be a total calamity. Make sure that all aspects of your automation and process controls are fully protected by firewalls and antivirus software. Consultation with a network security specialist would not be too extreme when you consider how much most industries have riding on their systems. A single hacker or virus incident can cost tremendous sums of money, and worse, may even expose workers to danger.


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