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Control System Nomenclature

There are a few acronyms used to describe industrial computer control systems.

DCS – Distributed Control System

A DCS is typically used to describe a system that controls a process; that is, something that involves moving fluids, like a waste water treatment plant or a refinery.

SCADA – Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition

This usually describes the control system for an automated manufacturing facility like an assembly line for a furniture maker. Continue reading Control System Nomenclature

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How To Create and Plan a SCADA System Architecture

You may be asked to develop a SCADA system from scratch. There may be a number of PLCs that control machines or processes in the facility, and a few HMIs, but they all operate independently and there are no network connections or interfaces to a central SCADA system.

For those who may not be completely familiar with the vernacular, here are some definitions: Continue reading How To Create and Plan a SCADA System Architecture